City of Hoboken, NJ
Hudson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken as indicated in article histories.[1]Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor’s Note: The provisions of this chapter are derived from Ch. 21, §§ 21-01 through 21-07, of the former Revised Ordinances of the City of Hoboken, adopted 1-7-1959 by Ord. No. 123.
[Adopted 1-7-1959]

§ 128-1 License required.

[Amended 11-4-1987 by Ord. No. V-140]
A. 
No person shall engage in, carry on, pursue or conduct within the City any business, trade or employment specified in §§ 128-3, 128-5 or 128-6 without a license. No place, premises or vehicle shall be used or operated for any business, trade, employment or purpose specified in this chapter unless the owner or driver thereof is licensed.
[Amended 9-15-1993 by Ord. No. R-6]
B. 
Applications for licenses enumerated in § 128-6 and 128-6.1 shall be made to the Municipal Clerk.
[Amended 11-3-1999 by Ord. No. R-411]

§ 128-2 License terms and fees.

A. 
Unless otherwise provided, all licenses issued under this chapter shall expire on December 31 of the year in which the license is granted and issued. A license shall apply only to the person to whom granted and shall not be transferable without the consent of the Council.
B. 
All license fees shall be paid at the time the application for license is made.

§ 128-3 Register of license.

It shall be the duty of the Municipal Clerk to keep a register of all licenses granted by the Mayor and Council, wherein shall be stated the number and date of the license, the location of the premises concerned and the name of the licensee.

§ 128-4 Display of license.

Unless otherwise provided, every licensee under this chapter shall display such license in a conspicuous place on the place, premises or vehicle where such business is conducted where possible so to do and, when it is not possible so to display the same, then to show the same upon demand of any properly constituted authority.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 21.05, which immediately followed this section and which provided for licenses issued by the Board of Health, was repealed 11-4-1987 by Ord. No. V-140.

§ 128-5 Business licenses; fees.

[Added 9-15-1993 by Ord. No. R-6; amended 12-7-2005 by Ord. No. DR-217]
A. 
Food businesses.
[Amended 11-15-1993 by Ord. No. R-19; 8-19-1998 by Ord. No. R-327; 10-20-2010 by Ord. No. Z-61; 3-7-2012 by Ord. No. Z-159; 3-5-2014 by Ord. No. Z-285]
Business
Fee
(annual unless otherwise noted)
Bakery (retail)
$150
Butcher (retail)
$125
Confectionery, retail
$100
Eating and drinking (take-out)
$150
Farmers market participant
$125
Fish market
$125
Frozen ices, ice cream, (wholesale)
$200
Frozen ices, ice cream, yogurt (mobile truck only, not to exceed five feet long)
$175
Fruit and vegetable store (retail)
$150
Fruit and vegetable truck (peddler truck not to exceed 15 feet long)
$150
Grocery (retail)
$125
Grocery, deli (retail)
$125
Grocery, milk (retail)
$125
Milk (store)
$125
Restaurants (seating capacity fewer than 25)
$125
Restaurants (seating capacity 26-50)
$250
Restaurants (seating capacity 51-100)
$350
Restaurants (seating capacity over 100)
$500
Small market (mini-market)
$250
Supermarkets under 20,000 square feet
$600
Supermarkets over 20,000 square feet
$1,250
Vending machines (food and drink)
$35/per machine
Vendor (mobile retail nonmotorized food vendor)
$150
Vendor (mobile retail motorized food vendor)
See § 147-8B
Vendor, mobile retail, seasonal*
$300
Vendor, temporary, not pre-packaged (street fairs, festivals, special events) (one permit for any consecutive period up to and including 7 days)
$100
Vendor, temporary, pre-packaged (street fairs, festivals, special events) (one permit for any consecutive period up to and including 7 days)
$25
NOTES:
*
"Vendor, mobile retail, seasonal" shall be defined as motorized and/or nonmotorized retail food vendors, operating at a fixed location for a period, not to exceed six consecutive months; fixed locations shall not be on any public street, public right-of-way, or sidewalk; these licenses are subject to prior approval of the Hoboken Health Officer, who may deny a license for failure to comply with any applicable health code.
B. 
Nonfood businesses.
Business
Fee
Barbershop
$25/per chair
Beauty shop/nail salon
$200
Dry cleaning off premises
$100
Dry cleaning on premises
[Amended 8-19-1998 by Ord. No. R-327]
$500
Health and fitness
$50
Laundry drop-off (each store)
$100
Laundromat store
$75, plus $10 per machine
Laundry room/apartment building (coin-operated)
$75, plus $5 per machine
Laundry (pickup truck)
$50
Pet grooming
[Added 9-7-1994 by Ord. No. R-75]
$50
Pet shop
[Added 11-15-1993 by Ord. No. R-19]
$100
Pier A food concessionaire
[Added 5-5-1999 by Ord. No. R-384]
$150
Pool license (public)
$150
Spas and health clubs/gym
$200
Tanning salon/tanning booths
$25, plus $25 per booth
Dog license
Unspayed or unneutered dogs
$14
Spayed or neutered dogs
$10
Late fee if not renewed by January 31 each year
$5
Transcripts (births, deaths, marriages both certified and uncertified, no quantity discounts)
$10
Tattoo parlors
[Added 5-6-1998 by Ord. No. R-33]
$125
Taxicab applications
$30
Taxicab license
$500

§ 128-5.1 Vital statistics; fees.

[Added 2-5-1997 by Ord. No. R-223; amended 12-7-2005 by Ord. No. DR-217]
The Board of Health shall issue the following certificates and perform the following services:
Copies of death certificates, birth certificates or marriage certificates
$10 per copy
Amendments/corrections/additions to death certificates, birth certificates or marriage certificates
$20 per certificate
Searches covering the three preceding years for death certificates, birth certificates or marriage certificates
$5 per year

§ 128-6 Licenses issued by the City Clerk.

[Amended 10-21-1964 by Ord. No. 224; 12-1-1982 by Ord. No. C237; 3-20-1991 by Ord. No. P-135; 12-7-2005 by Ord. No. DR-217]
Licenses issued by the Municipal Clerk are as follows:
Licenses
Fee
Auctioneer
$225
Auto trucks, moving vans
$150
Auto wrecking yard
$1,000
Bowling alley, per alley
$250
Carnival, per day
$150
Garage, 3 or more cars
$150
Junkyard
$1,000
Lumber yard
$250
Mercantile license
[Amended 9-3-2008 by Ord. No. DR-373; 4-21-2010 by Ord. No. Z-34]
$100
Motion-picture houses and theaters
$325
Motor vehicle repair shop
$350
Music machine
$75
Out of business renewal
$50
Out of business sale, first 30 days
$100
Parking lot
$150
Parking lot, 8 or more
$300
Peddler or vendor vehicle
$175
Peddlers and vendors, nonfood
$100
Pier A merchandise concessionaire
[Added 5-5-1999 by Ord. No. R-384]
$75
Pool and billiard parlors, per table
[Amended 4-21-2010 by Ord. No. Z-34]
$350
Secondhand auto dealer
$500
Secondhand dealer, general merchandise
$100
Waste-handling plant
$1,000

§ 128-6.1 Christmas tree licenses.

[Added 11-3-1999 by Ord. No. R-411; amended 12-7-2005 by Ord. No. DR-217; 10-5-2011 by Ord. No. Z-135]
A. 
The Municipal Clerk shall be empowered to issue seasonal licenses for the outdoor sale of natural Christmas trees. Said licenses shall be valid for a period to commence on Thanksgiving Day and to terminate on December 26th of same year ("season"), and shall carry the following fees:
License
Fee
Christmas trees, less than 500 aggregate trees for sale per season
$100
Christmas trees, 500 or more aggregate trees for sale per season
$250
B. 
No natural Christmas trees shall be sold within the City without a license.
C. 
Local retail establishments that obtain a Christmas tree license shall comply with all applicable law, including the provisions of § 168-45, to the extent such provisions apply.
D. 
Vendors applying for a Christmas tree license who are not licensed local retail establishments must first obtain a use waiver from the Zoning Official for the proposed location of business. An application must be filed with the Zoning office and must be accompanied by a letter of consent from the property owner and the standard zoning review fee as set forth in § 196-63.
E. 
Locations which may be eligible for temporary use waivers include, but are not limited to, church and school lots, provided that the required parking spaces are not eliminated, industrial lots not zoned for commercial use and other vacant lots.
F. 
Licensed vendors with temporary locations within residential zones may operate between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Streets and sidewalks may not be obstructed at any time for any reason and must be kept clear of debris at all times.

§ 128-7 Disposition of fees.

All receipts for license fees shall be countersigned by the Comptroller and the Clerk of the Board of Health or the Municipal Clerk. The Municipal Clerk shall make return to the City Treasurer each month of all license fees collected and make a report each month to the Council of the number and kinds of licenses issued and amount of license fees collected.

§ 128-8 Violations and penalties.

[Added 9-15-1993 by Ord. No. R-6]
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 90 days, or both, but no fine imposed on any person for the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be less than $50.
B. 
Each day that a violation of the provisions of this chapter is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate violation and be punishable as such.
C. 
Late renewal. All business license who renew their license after January 31 of each year shall be assessed a late charge of $25 per license in addition to the license fee.
[Added 11-15-1993 by Ord. No. R-19][1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection D, Inspection of eating and drinking establishments, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 7-12-1995 by Ord. No. R-130. See now § 115-14.