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In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the City of Trenton is providing low-interest loans to Trenton businesses to help them remain in business and protect jobs. Businesses will be able to apply for low-interest loans up to $20,000.
Not any longer. Urban Enterprise Zone funding will be used for loans to businesses inside the UEZ. Funds raised by Greater Trenton will be used for loans to businesses outside the UEZ.
To view a map of the UEZ, click here.
To view a large copy of the Urban Enterprise Zone Map
To check if your business is in the Trenton Urban Enterprise Zone
If you are still unsure if you are in the Urban Enterprise Zone or if you would like to become a Zone business, please contact Tom McGough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, households that currently receive HUD or VA rental subsidies are not eligible to receive rental assistance through this program.
Online applications will be accepted from October 30, 2020, through November 13, 2020 11:59 pm EST.
Please contact the Division of Community Relations & Social Services for assistance with applying for the program.
218 North Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
Visit http://help.zoomgrants.com/index.php/zgu/completing-the-application/ for detailed instructions.
Yes, an email address is required to apply for this program. If you do not have a valid email address, you will need to create one to complete the application. The following are popular, free email providers:
You can access Zoom Grants via any internet-enabled device, including computers, tablets, and phones. A printer may also be handy if you’d like to print saved PDF copies of your application and any post-decision reports or invoices that you are required to submit (if applicable).
Depending on the specific requirements set up in each opportunity, you may also need access to a scanner.
ZoomGrants will save your progress automatically via an auto-save feature that triggers as soon as you click outside of a field. For example, if you’re finished with a text response and you mouse into the next text box, you’ll see a brief flash of a saving screen.
You sure can! If you share your login credentials with other folks, they can also log into your account and work on your application directly and can even use your account to submit the application on your behalf.
ZoomGrants will not allow you to submit an application if required information is missing. For technical issues completing or submitting your application, please contact ZoomGrants.
You can make changes to your application until the application deadline November 18, 2020 11:59 PM EST.
Examples of COVID-19-related hardships include:
The following documents will be required, including but not limited to:
All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to be selected to receive assistance. 150 applicants will be randomly selected for assistance. Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection via the application portal.
No. Once all the funds are exhausted the City will retire the applicant list.
The program will provide a one-time payment of up to $3,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent. Utility assistance may be provided with an application for rent assistance only. No assistance will be provided after December 30, 2020.
No. Utility assistance will only be provided in conjunction with rent assistance, subject to the availability of funds.
Only one application per property address will be accepted. If awarded you are ineligible to apply for future funding under the same funding source. This is a one-time benefit to assist low-income renters in the City of Trenton who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Payments will be made starting in late-November, through December 30, 2020.
The decision whether an application is approved or denied will be sent in late November through December. You may also check the status of your application throughout the process by logging into the COVID-19 Emergency Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program Application portal via ZoomGrants.
A denial could result from the following (this is not a complete list):
No, the funds will be paid directly to your landlord or property management company to be credited to your account.
Yes. City of Trenton Housing Inspectors will inspect each unit for HUD’s Housing Quality Standards. The City reserves the right to conduct virtual inspections. The City reserves the right to not inspect the unit. The City reserves the right to waive the inspection on properties that have received a Certificate of Occupancy within 180 days of the application.
Please complete the Unit Condition Checklist and submit with your application.
All properties with children under the age of 6 years old will be inspected for defective paint consistent with the requirements of 24 CFR Part 35, subpart M.
Yes, communication between renters and landlords is important to help make the payment quickly if the renter is approved to receive rental assistance. You will also need to provide your landlord’s phone number, mailing address and email address in your application.
When you complete your application online you will need to provide contact information for your landlord. Your landlord’s email address is preferred. A secondary option is your landlord’s telephone number. Please be proactive and contact your landlord, tell them about the program, ask for their email address, and let them know that is how they will be contacted if your application is approved.
You will have the option of listing your landlord’s email and/or telephone number. We encourage you to be proactive and contact your landlord, tell them about the program, ask for their email address, and let them know they will be contacted if your application is approved. The landlord’s email address will help expedite their verification and payment information if your application is selected.
Your landlord cannot be forced to participate in the program or to accept funds. The City of Trenton cannot provide this payment to the landlord unless they submit the necessary forms. If a landlord declines to accept the funds, the tenant’s application will be denied.
However, HED has partnerships with organizations that can assist tenants and landlords if any landlord/tenant issues or disputes arise to keep renters housed. Services will include education regarding applicable landlord/tenant law and conciliation and mediation services.
Central Jersey Legal Services198 West State StreetTrenton, NJ 08608Phone: (609) 695-6249Fax: (609) 392-7952https://www.lsnj.org/cjls/index.htm
Community Health Law Project225 East State Street, Suite 5Trenton, NJ 08608Phone: (609) 392-5553Fax/TTY: (609) 392-5369E-mail: Trenton@chlp.orgWebsite: http://www.chlp.org/
On March 19, 2020 New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy issued Executive Order 106, which immediately suspends evictions throughout the state. This is called an “eviction moratorium,” and means that no tenant may be removed from his or her home as a result of an eviction proceeding, with rare exceptions for cases such as when a tenant is violent or endangering other tenants.
The eviction moratorium does not halt court proceedings; instead, it prevents lockouts and removals. The New Jersey Supreme Court controls court proceedings related to eviction and has suspended all eviction proceedings for now. This means that your landlord cannot take you to court at this time, but they will be able to once the courts reopen.
The eviction moratorium will last until two months after Governor Murphy declares an end to the COVID-19 health crisis, unless the Governor issues another Executive Order to end it sooner. Local officials will then resume removing tenants who are subject to final court orders of eviction.
If your landlord is trying to force you from your home, please:
NJ Eviction Mortarium Information
HED has partnerships with organizations that can assist tenants and landlords if any landlord/tenant issues or disputes arise in an effort to keep renters housed. Services will include education regarding applicable landlord/tenant law and conciliation and mediation services.
Central Jersey Legal Services198 West State StreetTrenton, NJ 08608Phone: (609) 695-6249Fax: (609) 392-7952Website: https://www.lsnj.org/cjls/index.htm
HomeFront1880 Princeton AvenueLawrenceville, NJ 08648(609) 989-9417https://www.homefrontnj.org/
Arm In Arm123 East Hanover StreetTrenton, NJ 08608(609) 396-9355https://arminarm.org/
Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton132 North Warren StreetTrenton, NJ 08608(609) 394-8847https://www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org/
Village Resources200 Mott StreetTrenton, NJ 08753https://www.villageresourcesnj.org/
City of Trenton Community Relations and Social Services218 North Broad StreetTrenton, NJ 08618(609) 989-3303https://www.trentonnj.org/176/Division-of-Community-Relations-Social-S
If $3,000 in assistance will not bring you current with your landlord; you will be required to demonstrate your ability to pay the balance before an approval is provided.
Students do not qualify for HOME assistance unless the individual meets one of the exemptions below.
The 2019 ratio is 94.83%. The 2019 tax rate is $5.446 per $100 of assessed value.
Every year on or about February 1, notices of property tax assessments are mailed to owners of taxable properties. Please contact the Assessors Office at 609-989-3083 or by email for duplicate information. You must include the property location and assessment year.
The Assessor's office can review assessments at any time during the year for adjustment to the following year. There are property tax deductions and exemptions available for Senior citizens, Veterans, and Disabled Persons. Abatements and exemptions for new construction and improvements to properties are also available. Applications and instructions for filing are on our Property Tax Forms page.
Property assessments can be appealed by April 1 each year. If an added assessment bill was generated in October, the assessment can be appealed by December 1 of that year. Forms are available in the Tax Assessor's Office and at the Mercer County Board of Taxation, located at 640 S Broad Street. Always discuss assessment issues with the Tax Assessor before filing an appeal.
Your first step in conducting business with the City of Trenton is to file either a Standard Bidder's' Application through the following City Hall Division:Division of Purchasing319 E State StreetCity Hall AnnexTrenton, NJ 08608Phone: 609-989-3139Fax: 609-989-4260
The Division of Purchasing highly recommends vendors to register on the City's website to be informed of any bidding opportunities, bid results, addenda/notices and contract award information.
Your application is filed in the Division of Purchasing's computer database according to the product or service your company provides. From this database, you, along with other vendors who provide the same product or service, will be selected randomly to provide quotations and/or receive specifications for formal bids.
The Division of Purchasing receives requests from other divisions of the City who needs products or services. If the estimated cost for these products or services is estimated to be between $0.00 and $40,000 the City receives quotations from vendors. The lowest bidder meeting our requirements for the product or service is then awarded a Purchase Order.
When requests are received from the various City divisions, and the estimated cost of the products(s) or service(s) requested is $40,000 or more, the City is required by New Jersey Local Public Contract law to seek a formal bid by advertising the bid in a local newspaper. The formal bid process is much more detailed than quotations, requiring a number of forms, which need to be completed and submitted with your bid.
When goods or services are estimated to be over $40,000. The Purchasing Division places a notice on the City's requesting proposals (RFPs) for the goods or services. Interested companies/ vendors can request the proposal via email. The award is made by resolution based on established criteria for evaluating.
The Division of Purchasing is always available to answer any questions that may arise. The following are phone numbers you may want to keep handy:
You will receive a City of Trenton Purchase Order. This purchase order is your Authorization to deliver the product or service.
When you receive your Purchase Order, you will also receive a voucher. Once you deliver the product or service, sign the voucher and return it to the "Bill to" address on the Purchase Order. If there is no "Bill to" address, send voucher to "Ship to" address.
Generally, you should receive a check-in 2 to 3 weeks after you send in your voucher.
The City uses a wide range of products and services which can be found on the Bidders/LBE application form. The following is a list of some contracts, which the City bids annually:
Call the Tax Office at 609-989-3070.
The tax office is in Room 110 of City Hall.
If you would like to know the status of your payment, please contact the department where the payment was originated. For instance, if you provided recreational services or equipment, contact the Department of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture.
Copies of all fire reports are located at Fire Headquarters at:244 Perry Street2nd FloorTrenton, NJ 08618
Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fire reports are $10. Call 609-989-4038 for more information.
You can contact the City of Trenton Fire Sub Code Official, Inspector Scott McCormick by calling 609-989-3553.
Call the Trenton Fire Department at 609-989-4032 and have them install free working smoke detectors.
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) estimates that 94 percent of United States homes have at least one smoke alarm. Homes with smoke alarms typically have a death rate that is 40 to 50 percent less than the rate for homes without alarms. Sadly, three of every 10 reported fires in homes equipped with smoke alarms, the devices did not work.
Call Fire Headquarters at 609-989-4038.
Please visit our Fire Department Recruitment page to learn about how to apply.
For financial assistance please call 609-989-3303 or visit our office at 218 N Broad Street in our Division of Community and Social Relations.
Planning Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found in the Agenda Center. If you cannot find minutes for a meeting of interest to you, call 609-989-3291.
Application forms for projects to go before the Planning Board can be found on the Forms webpage.
Information and procedures regarding purchasing property owned by the City of Trenton can be found on the Purchasing City-Owned Property page.
Affordable Homeownership opportunities can be found on the Division of Housing Production's webpage.
The Division of Planning has produced a number of standard maps for various purposes. These maps can be found on the Index of Planning Documents and Maps.
View the Zoning Map (PDF) for the City of Trenton. We cannot accommodate custom map requests at this time.
See driving directions to Trenton City Hall. City Hall is three blocks from the Trenton Train Station, which is serviced by NJ Transit, Amtrak and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Trenton's Geographic Information System (GIS) data can be browsed using the City's interactive mapping application. (To access the Internet DataViewer, please send an email to T Long).
All requests for GIS data should be made by filling out an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request form and submitting to the City Clerk's office.
Contact the Department of Inspections at 609-989-3543. There are no specific appointment times; however, a time frame of up to two hours may be given.
No, in the content of the application it requires that the applicant authorize the inspection and access to the property since the buyer has no legal rights to the property until it is sold. The seller or their agent can only apply for the inspection. The application may be filed online and payment mailed to department. Buy may submit application if they are responsible to obtain C.O.
After the inspection is complete, a list of violations is given to the seller and after completion of those violations a certificate will be issued.
A Certificate of Housing Code Compliance is valid for six months.
No, the application must be accompanied by the necessary fees in order to be processed.
At the present time there are no required inspections for the transfer of commercial properties, unless a residential unit is within the structure.
The owner or the agent must file an application with the Division of Housing Inspections requesting a complete inspection of the dwelling. After the necessary fees are paid, an inspector will call to set an appointment for the inspection.
No, you still must have an inspection with our office. Please call 609-989-3562 to schedule a visit from an inspector for a mutually convenient time.
A historical permit application can be obtained at the Department of Inspections, located on the second floor of City Hall. This permit allows you to paint the exterior of a home in approved historical colors. The colors and the fixtures must remain the same.
If there are no zoning and planning board issues, plan review is completed in 20 working days from the time the construction inspector accepts the plans. After 20 days, a letter that states if the plans have been approved or denied is sent to the architect.
The code requires that the New Jersey architect or engineer submit two sets of sealed plans for Department of Inspections review. In the case of a restaurant, three sets of plans must be submitted.
Tenants are more than welcome to schedule inspections. Our letters were meant to be sent to owners, but if one has reached you instead, please inform our office of an address at which we can contact the owner of the property for future reference.
No, these inspections are only required for properties where the owner is not in residence.
Please feel free to contact the Division of Housing Inspections by calling 609-989-3562, 609-989-3563, or 609-815-2177.
No. However, since owners will be required to register vacant properties next year, you can get ahead by registering your property early. Please call 609-989-3562 and say that you would like to register your property. Also, it is important to remember that properties must be inspected before a change in occupancy.
The construction of the following require permits:
A permit is not needed to paint the outside of a home unless it is in a historic district.
If a plan is denied, a letter is sent to the architect and the owner informing them of the plan’s denial status. All issues must be corrected before the plan can be approved.
Read about the City Ordinances online at Chapter 132, Article X, Section 85.
It is required that all rental properties in the City of Trenton be inspected every 5 years so that any violations of City ordinances may be identified and corrected.
Not necessarily. Certifications are required every three years when non-occupant owner licenses are renewed. If you have not submitted certifications for your property this year, please take this opportunity to do so.
The owner shall apply to the Department of Inspections and complete a request form for reintroduction of service (this is applicable in all cases).
The following installations all require permits:
Obtain permit and inspection from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
The installation of the following require permits:
Obtain permit from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Although all the information in the case is public information, personal information such as an unpublished telephone number is confidential. Therefore, we will allow a person to look at the parts of the file that are not considered confidential and make copies for them. It is probably better to get a subpoena so an inspector can bring the file to court and testify if necessary. Also, an attorney may request a copy for his or her file.
Call the housing inspections division and ask to speak to the inspector of record. He or she will provide the information regarding the case as well as all actions being taken at that time.
If there is a housing problem, call the inspector immediately, especially if it is an emergency. The housing division is always willing to respond to a citizen or landlord complaint to assure that quality of life and life safety concerns are addressed.
A tenant may be limited by the agreement reached with the landlord (whether it is a written or oral agreement) but also is governed by the total habitable floor space within the unit. A rule of thumb is to take the number of people and put the number 50 behind it to calculate the minimum number of square feet required. This does not include hallways, closets, baths, or storage spaces. Cellars of buildings may not be used as part of the living area because they do not meet the standard for habitable space.
Every dwelling unit with 2 or more bedrooms is as follows:
See Ordinance 132-146.
First, notify the landlord of the problem and allow a reasonable time for the landlord to address the problem. If the problem persists, contact the housing inspection office at 609-989-3560, 609-989-3562 or 609-989-3563. Be prepared to provide the following:
Violations that are not corrected can result in penalties of up to $2,000 in fines and 90 days in jail.
The judge will issue a warrant for the arrest of the person who does not appear. This could cause the person to be detained by the police until bail is posted and the hearing rescheduled. It also delays the required work from being completed until all parties appear in court.
A licensed contractor will conduct tests on necessary piping for water (head test) and gas (air test, etc); all tests must sustain adequate pressure for 15 minutes.
The minimum depth required for water service connection is 42 inches. The minimum depth for sewer system drainage is 24 inches.
For areas housing children (such as pre-school, day care and public places), the temperature of hot water should be between 90 degrees and 105 degrees. The temperature of water in private homes should be from 120 to 140 degrees.
The following tasks require backflow preventers:
No, landlords are required to provide smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide detector. A smoke detector must be present on each level of the dwelling and a CO detector on the sleeping level. However, tenants are responsible for changing the batteries and notifying the owner of a faulty unit.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that rental units are inspected prior to occupancy. Inspections no longer issues stickers. Tenant can call to verify property is registered and if it has a current rental C.O.
Apply online and submit payment to office.
Apply online and submit payment to office.
The Department of Inspections will mail the landlord written notice that allows a reasonable amount of time for all violations to be corrected. All notifications are mailed by both regular and certified mail to the address as listed in the tax office records.
All non-occupant landlords are required to be licensed. The Division of Housing maintains a database of all licensed properties in the City of Trenton if one wishes to verify whether a particular property is licensed.
The tenant is expected to exercise reasonable care of the unit, which includes keeping it clean and sanitary and properly using all facilities supplied to the tenant. Remember: The tenant could be found in violation if proper care is not taken of the dwelling unit. This includes the proper disposal of garbage on collection days and the maintenance of the yard.
Usually the landlord will receive a notice to appear in court to give just cause why this work was not started or has not been completed. If there is not a good reason for the incomplete work, fines and penalties may be imposed by the judge.
Before moving, make sure that the apartment building is licensed with the City of Trenton by calling 609-989-3563. If there is a sticker, the landlord is required to provide a clean, habitable living unit. Be sure to check to make sure that the apartment meets the renter's needs as well as the conditions in the following locations:
Usually the responsibility is agreed upon in the lease. Whenever a dwelling is heated by means of a furnace, boiler or other heating apparatus under the control of the owner or operator of the dwelling, such owner or operator, in the absence of a written contract or agreement to the contrary, shall be deemed to have contracted, undertaken or bound himself or herself to furnish heat in accordance with the provisions of this subsection to every dwelling unit which contains radiators, furnace heat duct outlets or other heating apparatus outlets. (Please see Section 12-8.17b of the Revised General Ordinances of the City of Trenton for details.)
When a device passes its annual inspection, a blue seal of approval is placed on it. If its results are incorrect, the scale is rejected for use until corrected. Samples of the blue seals of approval can be found on scales at a supermarket or pumps at a gas station.
In New Jersey, all large cities and most counties have weights and measures inspectors working to protect consumers from unfair practices.
Highly accurate equipment is used to test and inspect scales and bar code scanners at:
In addition, inspections are performed on:
Many forms of taxes and fees are based on weight or measurement.
A scale that is incorrect by one ounce on each weighing, making 100 weighs a day for 300 days a year at a unit price of $2 per pound, will cause an error of $3,750 per year. An error of 3 tablespoons in 5 gallons on a gasoline pump will result in an error of thousands of dollars per year at today's average prices.
The City Clerk’s Office issues business licenses.
Residential, commercial, or industrial approval must be granted to establish businesses because that establishment may overpopulate or create too much noise in an area. All plans have to be approved by a zoning officer before they are reviewed by the other Sub Code officials.
To dispute a ticket you must notify the court administrator of your intention at least 7 days prior to your court date. If you fail to do so, it may be necessary to make two court appearances. The court telephone number is 609-989-3700. Business hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Telephone hours are 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You have a right to appeal a municipal court decision within 20 days of the disposition. Appeals packets may be obtain from the Information window at the court.
Call the team leader who handles matters that begin with the first letter of your last name.
When you appear in court for the first time, tell the person who calls your name that you need an interpreter. Please specify the language. If a sign language interpreter is needed, please let the person know who calls your name when you appear in court.
The doors to the courthouse open at 8:30 a.m. and court sessions begins at 8:45 a.m., 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Check your notice or bail receipt for the start time of the session for which you are scheduled. The Violations Payment Window and the Information Window opens at 8:30 a.m.. Bail can be posted at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m.. Citizen complains are taken 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m..
If you have a complaint about the court staff, call the staff complaint line. Please leave your name, phone number, and a time to receive a return call.
The court staff works in teams and handles all matters according to the alphabet. The main number of the court is 609-989-3700. The phone lines open at 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call the court immediately at 609-989-3700.
A citizen complaint may be filed at Trenton Municipal Court, Trenton, during normal business hours. On occasion, complaints will be taken during specific times, depending on staff availability. Call 609-989-3700.
Once a complaint has been filed, charges will only be dropped in open Court at the discretion of a judge. In certain domestic violence cases, the judge may keep a complaint open for a period of time even if both parties request the complaint be dropped.
Report to the "bubble" front desk at Trenton Police Department, which is located at:225 N Clinton AvenueTrenton, NJ 08609
The price of a payable ticket may be found on the back of the ticket. However, the Violations Bureau will have ticket information within reach. You may pay any payable ticket online. You will need to have handy the plate number, ticket number, and, prefix. The court accepts any credit or debit card that carries the MasterCard or Visa logo.
The Court will not grant late hour or same day postponements. In cases of an emergency, adequate medical documentation must be presented. Call a Deputy Court Administrator at 609-989-3700.
The Court is able to retrieve information by name (including middle initial) or driver's license number, or license plate.
Filed citizen complaints are public records. Information regarding a citizen complaint may be retrieved by calling the court.
To reach the Municipal Prosecutor call 609-989-3916.
Residents within a Permit Parking District must bring his/her current New Jersey driver's license and a valid New Jersey registration for each vehicle to the Bureau of Traffic and Transportation in order to receive a permit decal. Their office is located in City Hall at:319 E State StreetRoom 100Trenton, NJ 08608
An additional proof of residency such as a utility bill or lease agreement must be presented in order to receive visitor passes.
Only two visitor passes will be issued per household. It is important to note that all documentation must confirm residency within the district.
You can call the Trenton Municipal Court at 609-989-3700, or mail a payment to the Municipal Court, which is located at:225 N Clinton AvenueP.O. Box 1360Trenton, NJ 08609
If you mail payment to this Municipal Court, payment should be made by check or money order. Cash will not be accepted by mail.
Those interested in getting a handicapped parking permit and sign must receive an application from the Bureau of Traffic and Transportation at City Hall, which is located at:319 E State StreetRoom 100Trenton, NJ 08608.
Please call 609-989-3612 for any questions.
The Handicap Parking Review Committee reviews six applications a month and each individual will be notified if their application is approved. Download the Handicapped Parking Application (PDF).
There is up to one hour of free parking in the Front Street parking lot. The parking is free for downtown shoppers.
Find out how to get a copy of a police or accident report here.
There are situations, such as applying for a firearm permit or obtaining a Letter of Good Conduct from the New Jersey State Police, when a person is required to submit a set of fingerprints. The Trenton Police Department does fingerprinting as a service to City residents and non-City residents.
Persons who want to be fingerprinted must go to the Records Office between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday on the first floor of Police Headquarters, which are located at:225 N Clinton AvenueTrenton, NJ 08609
There is a $25 fee for City Residents and a $30 fee for non-City Residents. The person being fingerprinted must bring picture identification that verifies he or she is a Trenton resident.
The police command staff analyzes every crime reported in the city during the weekly ComStat meeting. Commanders "brain storm'' for patterns, discuss potential suspects and decide on strategy. Commanders present statistical summaries of crimes within their areas of responsibility, explain their response to those crimes and present strategies responsive to the trends uncovered by computerized mapping and other analysis.
Each week at ComStat commanders "recap'' the results achieved based on decisions made at earlier ComStats. The ComStat process strengthens the culture of accountability at the Trenton Police Department while creating a forum for veteran commanders to pool their knowledge on an ongoing basis.
The Trenton Police Department is initiating a "Speak without Fear" campaign that encourages community members to speak up about crimes and other problems in their neighborhoods. The Speak without Fear program is designed to provide community members with several ways to anonymously provide information regarding neighborhood crime. We recognize that in order to ensure a safe City, the citizens must be able to freely provide information about criminal activity to the Police. The Trenton Police Department also recognizes that it has an obligation to protect the identity of those who provide information to them regarding criminal activity.
In order to accomplish this, the Speak Without Fear program has provided four different ways of anonymously report information about criminal activity to the Police Department. These four ways include:
Citizens will be encouraged to use these communication channels and Speak Without Fear knowing that their identity will be protected and that their information will make the City of Trenton a safer place to live.
It is simple. Recycling means using again. Beginning with a simple lifestyle change, you can make a difference by tossing your recyclables into a different container.
It is easy and aids in preserving the environment.
Not everything can be recycled. Items such as oily rags, paper mixed with food residue, disposable diapers, aerosol cans and many plastics are not likely to find a buyer. These items will contaminate recyclable goods.
Separate reusable materials-such as glass bottles, aluminum cans, tin cans and plastics from ordinary refuse. You then place materials in special containers or bag them and place them at your curb for collection and processing.
Leaves are picked up the day after your regular garbage day from November 7 to December 5, 2011. Leaves should be placed on the curb in open bags. There is a 20 bag limit and nothing else can be mixed with them. For grass clippings the City follows a policy of Clip and Leave, which means when you cut your grass, you leave it to be absorbed back into the soil. For more information, please call the Solid Waste Office at 609-989-3175.
Please contact the Recycling Office at 609-989-3175 to obtain a recycling container.
Call the Sanitation Office to order a pick-up date at 609-989-3175. There is a limit of 5 bulk furniture items per appointment.
For additional information regarding garbage collection, call the Sanitation Office at 609-989-3175. For additional information regarding recycling pickups, call the Mercer County Recycling Office at 609-278-8086.
Call the Department of Public works at 609-989-3151.
Contact the Traffic and Transportation Division at 609-989-3612 and they contact the sign shop. Then someone is sent to the location of vandalized sign to repair it.
Usually, the police are the first department contacted and then they call the city's Traffic and Transportation Division at 609-989-3612. The traffic signal shop (609-989-3617) is then contacted and someone is sent to the location of the traffic signal for repairs.
A tax sale is a sale of a lien against the property for the amount of the unpaid real estate taxes. It is not a sale of the property.
Partial payments are accepted except for the last two days before the tax sale. However, if the balance owed is not paid in full before the date of the tax sale the unpaid balance will still be sold.
If a 3rd party buys the lien only full payment of the lien, interest and costs can be accepted. Payment must be by certified check or cash. If an individual does not buy the lien the City automatically acquires it. The City allows payment plans on the liens it holds. For information about payment plans contact the Division of Tax ten days after the sale.
The sale of the lien does not mean the house is sold. If a 3rd party buys the lien they must wait two years before they can begin foreclosure. If the lien is not paid and the 3rd party forecloses they would own the property. If the City acquires the lien they must wait 6 months before they can foreclose. Again if the lien is not paid and the City forecloses the City would then own the house.
Only immediate family members, of legal age, can obtain a certified copy of the record. This person must provide proof of their relationship to the person listed on the record in a form of a long form birth certificate. Spouse must be present marriage certificate.
In addition, a legal representative or guardian with legal custody or the person named on the record may receive a certified copy of the record with the official stamp of the City of Trenton.
You will need to provide valid photo identification. Your identification must have your current address.
Couples wishing to register for a domestic partnership affidavit must be of the same-sex or opposite-sex age 62 or older and meet the following requirements of the Domestic Partnership Act. The affidavit must be completed and signed by both applicants at the office of the municipality in which you apply. The affidavit will be notarized at that time.
If the address is outside New Jersey, one of the applicants must provide proof of belonging to the State Administrative Retirement System of New Jersey presenting one of the following documents issued by the Division of Pensions and Benefits:
All applicants must present valid identification that establishes their name, age, date of birth and address. Examples of documents that you may show:
Additional data to seek an affidavit of domestic partnership includes:
The domestic partnership requires a non-refundable payment of $28 when applying for the license.
No personal checks are accepted. Cash or money orders addressed to City of Trenton are acceptable.
Applications for a domestic partnership affidavit are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
Please call us at 609-989-3236 if you need to speak to a representative.
You can request a copy of a birth certificate in person or by mail. If you request a copy of the birth certificate in person, you will receive a certified copy at that time. All certified copies contain the official stamp of the city of Trenton. The person requesting a birth certificate will need valid photo identification.
Proof of relationship to the person named on the record is required. Spouse must present marriage certificate. The following persons are authorized to obtain a certified copy of a record:
You can authorize another person to obtain a copy of the birth certificate on your behalf. The applicant must provide a notarized letter that includes the name of the individual named on the record, the individual’s date of birth, the mother’s full maiden name, and the name of the father if listed on the record. Include the name of the person authorized to obtain a copy of the record. The person authorized to receive the birth certificate will be required to submit a valid form of identification.
Apply in person or send your written request to our office at City Hall. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City Hall319 E State Street1st FloorTrenton, NJ 08608
If you send your application (PDF) by mail, please provide the following information or print a copy of the application to request a certificate and complete the Birth section:
The cost for a certified copy is $20 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy purchased at the same time.
Please contact us at 609-989-3236 if you need to speak to a representative.
You can request a copy of a death certificate in person or by mail. If you request a copy of the death certificate in person, you will receive a certified copy at that time. All certified copies contain the official stamp of the city of Trenton. The person requesting a death certificate will need valid photo identification.
Proof of relationship to the person named on the record is required. The following persons are authorized to obtain a certified copy of a record:
You can authorize another person to obtain a copy of the death certificate on your behalf. The applicant must provide a notarized letter that includes the name of the decedent’s name as it appears on the record, the decedent’s date and place of death. Include the name of the person authorized to obtain a copy of the record. The person authorized to receive the death certificate will be required to submit a valid form of identification.
If you send your application by mail, please provide the following information or print a copy of the application (PDF) to request a certificate and complete the Death section:
A license is required for all dogs six months or older kept within the city of Trenton. Dog licenses are to be renewed by January 31st. You will need to present a copy of your pet’s proof of rabies vaccination and, if applicable, a certification from a veterinarian stating the dog has been neutered or spayed.
The license must be renewed during the month of January each year. Otherwise, you will be charged an additional fee beginning February 1st. Licenses issued after the 31st of January will be subject to a surcharge of $15.
Under state law N.J.A.C. 8:23A, the immunity of the rabies vaccine should extend at least within ten of the twelve months of the license. You cannot get a license if the rabies vaccination expires before November 1st.
If your dog has been spayed or neutered, the license fee is $12. It will cost $15 if the dog has not been sterilized. It is important that the certification of rabies vaccination and the sterilization certification is sent or presented - otherwise the license will not be processed.
Include a check or money order addressed to the City of Trenton and mail to:Office of Vital Statistics - Dog Licenses319 E State StreetTrenton, NJ 08608
Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All animal related questions, not related to dog licensing, should be directed to the Trenton Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Services office at 609-989-3254. Please let us know if you no longer have your dog so that we may update our computer system files.
You can request a copy of a domestic partnership certificate in person or by mail. If you request a copy of the domestic partnership certificate in person, you will receive a certified copy at that time. All certified copies contain the official stamp of the city of Trenton. The person requesting a domestic partnership certificate will need valid photo identification.
You can authorize another person to obtain a copy of the domestic partnership certificate on your behalf. The applicant must provide a notarized letter that includes the names of the individuals named on the record, the couple’s date and place of the domestic partnership.
Include the name of the person authorized to obtain a copy of the record. The person authorized to receive the domestic partnership certificate will be required to submit a valid form of identification.
Apply in person or send your written request to our office at City Hall. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office closes for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.
If you send your application by mail, please provide the following information or print a copy of the application (PDF) to request a certificate and complete the Domestic Partnership section:
If either applicant is a resident of New Jersey, the application is made in the municipality where they reside.
If neither of the applicants is a resident of New Jersey, they must apply in the municipality where the ceremony will take place. This license is valid only in that municipality.
The marriage or civil union license requires a non-refundable payment of $28 when applying for the license. No personal checks are accepted. Cash or money orders addressed to “City of Trenton” are acceptable.
Applications for a marriage or civil union license are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
If your marriage or civil union occurred in Trenton, you can request a copy of the record in person or by mail. If you request a copy of the marriage or civil union certificate in person, you will receive a certified copy at that time. All certified copies contain the official stamp of the city of Trenton. The person requesting a marriage or civil union certificate will need valid photo identification.
You can authorize another person to obtain a copy of the marriage or civil union certificate on your behalf. The applicant must provide a notarized letter that includes the names of the individuals named on the record, and the couple’s date and place of the marriage or civil union.
Include the name of the person authorized to obtain a copy of the record. The person authorized to receive the marriage or civil union certificate will be required to submit a valid form of identification.
Apply in person or send your written request to our office. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you send your application (PDF) by mail, please provide the following information or print a copy of the application to request a certificate and complete the Marriage or Civil Union section:
You may print a voter registration application here, pick up an application in person or request a voter registration application be mailed to you from:City Clerks Office319 E State StreetCity HallTrenton, NJ 08608Phone: 609-989-3187
or:Mercer County Commissioner of Registration640 S Broad StreetP.O. Box 8068Trenton, NJ 08650-9828
You must be a citizen of the United States and, at least 18 years by the date of the next election, and a resident of New Jersey and your county for at least 30 days.
A Mail-in ballot is a vote cast by someone who is unable to vote in person or has chosen not to vote in person. View an instructional video on how to Vote By Mail.
You may print an application for a mail-in ballot or request the application from the City Clerk's Office or the following County offices:City Clerks Office319 E State StreetCity HallTrenton, NJ 08608Phone: 609-989-3187
The only qualification is that you must be a registered voter of Mercer County. Remember, if you file a Mail-in Ballot you can not vote at the polls for that election.
The procedure to receive a ballot is as follows:
You may apply for each election you intend to vote by mail-in ballot or you may select to vote permanently by mail-in ballot
When you receive your sample ballot, above your name and address is your polling location, or you may call the City Clerk's office at 609-989-3187. Also, please see the complete list of polling places (PDF).
You can obtain an absentee ballot from the following City of County offices:City Clerk's OfficeCity Hall319 E State StreetTrenton, NJ 08608
Mercer CountyCommissioner of Registration640 S Broad StreetP.O. Box 8068Trenton, NJ 08650
An absentee ballot is a vote cast by someone unable to attend the official polling location.
Every employee, including meter readers, has an identification badge that states the name of the Company along with the employee’s name. Safety of our employees and customers is of the utmost importance to us. If you are not certain a person is from our Company, please contact Customer Service with the name of the employee and your location. Our representative will be able to confirm whether work is being done at your location.
Customer Service - 609-989-3055
Billing Options and Bill Payment
Meter readings indicate how much water is being used in a time period. If your bill indicates the reading is an "estimate," contact the Call Center (609-989-3055) to have Trenton Water Works obtain an actual meter reading. Estimated billing only occurs when your meter cannot be read due to severe weather, an inoperable remote reader, or an inaccessible meter. New Jersey State law requires Trenton Water Works to obtain an actual meter reading at least once every six months. When charges are estimated, unnoticed plumbing leaks could remain undetected, resulting in wasted water and increased charges once a reading is eventually done.
There is not any late penalties for late payments at this time. Water will be shut off if the respective account is delinquent. However, Trenton Water Works will charge a restoration fee ($84.00) to turn the Water back on.
Trenton Water Works offers a 10% discount to customers if they are receiving a discount on their tax bills as senior citizens, veterans, or disabled persons. The same discount applies to widows of senior citizens, veterans, or disabled persons. (The discount applies only if bills are paid in full on or before the due date.)
A moratorium will be granted for 60 days upon completion of a Medical Emergency Application. State regulations and City Ordinance provide that two (2) conditions must be met. (1) The Trenton Water Works is provided a reasonable proof of inability to pay; and, (2) The Attending Physician’s written statement must be submitted prior to shut off date.
If you need your water turned on, simply contact the water billing office at 609-989-3055. If you need your water turned off, call the same office and ask to have a final reading for your meter.
For additional information regarding water billing, please call 609-989-3055.
Contact the Water Emergency Services at 609-989-3222.
Naturally occurring minerals (primarily iron and manganese) flowing with the water are typically to blame for water discoloration. These minerals, which are heavier than water, settle in water pipelines when water usage is low — especially during winter months. When the water flow and pressure through the water pipes increases again (due to irrigation, construction, etc.) the minerals are stirred up and flow out of your faucets when you turn on the tap. Water utilities frequently attempt to minimize water discoloration by “flushing out” their systems on a regular basis.
If discoloration occurs, run the COLD water at one faucet for about 5 minutes, and you should see the water clear. (Running the hot water pulls from the water heater, which could make the problem worse.) If the water fails to clear after 5 minutes, wait for a few hours and again try running only the cold water. If the water is still discolored, contact your water supplier, who will look at the issue more closely. Even if you are in an apartment or don’t pay your water bill directly, it’s important to notify the water utility of any potential problem.
North American water systems have added fluoride, a naturally occurring element, to their water supplies since 1945 to help prevent tooth decay. Since that time, child cavity rates have been reduced by 20-40% where fluoridation has been implemented according to the American Dental Association.The fluoridation of drinking water is recommended by the ADA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Public Health Service and the World Health Organization. In fact, the CDC proclaimed fluoridation to be one of the top ten greatest public health achievements of the past century because of its contribution in the decline in tooth decay.
Fluoride's effect is topical. It keeps the tooth enamel strong by preventing the loss of important minerals.According to the CDC, “Bacteria in the mouth produce acid when a person eats sugary foods. This acid eats away minerals from the tooth’s surface, making the tooth weaker and increasing the chance of developing cavities. Fluoride helps to rebuild and strengthen the tooth’s surface, or enamel. Water fluoridation prevents tooth decay by providing frequent and consistent contact with low levels of fluoride. By keeping the tooth strong and solid, fluoride stops cavities from forming and can even rebuild the tooth’s surface.”
Customer satisfaction and high quality water is of the utmost importance to us. As such, we actively monitor and treat our water supply and actively flush our lines to keep the impact of these elements minimal. Sometimes unplanned events such as a water main break or sudden opening of a fire hydrant may cause these elements to be more noticeable. We recommend turning on a faucet and letting the water run until the water is clear.
As water travels from the source to your tap, it's exposed to potentially harmful contaminants such as dirt and bacteria. To properly treat your water and ensure it's safe to drink, we utilize a chlorine disinfectant which kills bacteria and viruses and provides a protective residual. It is required by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in order to disinfect water before it is distributed to homes and offices. Our operators monitor chlorine levels for safety on an ongoing basis - small traces of chlorine in your water are not harmful.
Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe so an overnight freeze doesn't burst the faucet or the pipe it’s connected to.
It's best to wrap all water pipes in unheated areas (such as the garage, attic or crawl space) before temperatures plummet. You can find pipe wrapping materials at any hardware or building supply store.
Install "heat tape" or similar materials on all exposed water pipe (i.e. exterior pipe, or pipe located where the temperature might drop below freezing). It is relatively easy to install and can be found at your local hardware or building supply store. Be sure that you use only UL-listed products and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Winter winds whistling through overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes. DO NOT plug air vents used by your furnace or water heater.
Most faucet’s aerators have a screen at the bottom designed to filter out sediment. This screen can occasionally become clogged with mineral deposits, which restrict water flow. Simply unscrewing the aerator and cleaning the screen usually corrects the problem. Replacement screens are available at most hardware stores. If you are still experiencing a low water pressure issue, or the low pressure is not isolated to one faucet, please contact Customer Service at 609-989-3222.
609-989-3081 (M-F, 7:00am to 3:30pm). After hours: 609-989-4000
You may call the following 609-989-3081 between 7:00AM and 3:30PM. After hours: 609-989-4000.
City crews will be dispatched to assess the situation. If it is determined that no blockage or restrictions exist in the City's sanitary sewer system, the property owner is advised to contact a professional plumber or drain cleaning service to have the private sewer service inspected. The City cannot make a recommendation for drain cleaning services. A property owner may wish to obtain several estimates.
Property owners should be aware, if the problem is in the private sewer line, property owner is responsible for clearing any blockage in the service line between the home and the City sanitary sewer system at the curb. This includes debris and tree roots. The property owner is also responsible for cleaning and repairing any damage done to the property by the backup. If you are concerned about the possibility of a sewer backup and want to ensure that you are covered, the City urges you to check with your homeowner’s insurance company regarding the availability of sewer backup insurance.
Cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant container and disposed of in the garbage after it cools, not down the drain. Some people assume that washing grease down the drain with hot water is satisfactory. This grease goes down the drain, cools off, and solidifies either in the drain, the property owner's service, or in the sewer main. When this happens, the line eventually clogs.
Paper towels, disposable diapers, and feminine products cause many problems in the property owner's service as well as in the City main. These products do not deteriorate quickly. They become lodged in portions of the service and main, causing sewer backups. These products should be disposed of in the garbage.
Do not connect french drains, sump pumps, roof gutter drains, or foundation drains to your sanitary sewer service. It is illegal and will cause debris and silt to clog your service line. Consult a plumber to correct any illegal connections.
The continual flow of nutrient-filled water found in sewer pipes attracts tree roots. Roots growing along pipes exert significant pressure on pipes. These roots may push into and around gasket connection points which may expand and break seals. Root infiltration can cause a blockage to the service resulting in sewage backup in your home and damage to your property.
If you use a sump pump in your basement, it is illegal to drain the water into the basement sanitary sewer drain or laundry tub. Sump pumps must be discharged outside of the house to the yard or drain way that will prevent the water from draining directly to the street.
Dial 811 or 1-800-272-1000, New Jersey One Call.
Be sure to have all documentation that verify you are the proper home owner or tenant that is occupying the property. (Example: Lease/Deed, State ID) Bring information into Trenton Water Works located at 333 Cortland St, Trenton NJ 08638.
Inspect your water meter. Look for things like wetness around and under water meter.
From left to right.
Radio Meter Reading uses radio waves to transmit information about your water usage. This allows a TWW employee to read your meter without entering your home.