Departments & Agencies

Commonly asked questions

Can I recycle electronics?

Electronics (computers, TVs, etc.) can be dropped off at

Essex Country Electronic Recycling Depot

62 Frelinghuysen Ave

Newark, NJ

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What will not be picked up?

Construction debris including paint and drywall will not be picked up. Roofing tiles/shingles, glass and windows will not be picked up. Automotive parts will also not be picked up including engines,transmissions, bumpers, and tires

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If I’m moving, do you pick up a large amount of household items?

Yes. This would include couches, tables, chairs, mattresses, dressers, closets, rugs, exercise equipment and vanities. Every residential privately-owned property is limited to ten (10) bulk items that can be placed outside on the scheduled bulk collection day. Anything exceeding ten (10) bulk items shall be removed by a private hauler, on the same day, at the owner’s expense.

Any person, firm, corporation, or entity that violates, fails or neglects to comply with the provisions of this Subsection, or rule or regulation promulgated pursuant thereto, shall be punishable upon conviction thereof by a fine or penalty.

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Do You Pick Up Appliances & White Goods?

We pick up refrigerators, air conditioners, and otherlarge appliances, but an appointment is required. Please call 973-733-4311 tomake an appointment.

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Do You Pick Up Yard Waste?

Yes, we pick up yard waste. This includes leaves and small twigs. Please place in a brown bag or tied in a bundle. If you live in Zone A, yard waste pick up is a 3rd Wednesday of Each Month. If you live in Zone B, yard waste pick up is a 4th Wednesday of Each Month

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What is Newark Forward?

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If my property is located in a residential zone, What uses are permitted?

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How can I find out how my property is zoned?

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How can I find out how much I owe in taxes?

Call Customer Service, Mon. thru Fri.(Holidays Excluded) 9:00am to 4:00pm

Taxes: (973) 733-3791, 3792, 3962, 8098, 3978

Water/Sewer:  (973) 733-6370, 6371, 6396, 6479,6483

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What is a tax sale?

Standard Tax Sale: When prior years taxes and/or other municipal charges remain owing and due in the current year, pursuant to the above N.J. Statute, the municipality will enforce the collection of those charges by offering same for sale which will cause a Tax Lien Certificate to be sold and filed against the property, and can become subject to foreclosure proceedings if not redeemed timely.

Accelerated Tax Sale: When current years taxes and/or other municipal charges remain owing and due after the statutory due date (Nov 10th.), the municipality may enforce the collection of those charges by offering for sale, the property, which will cause a Tax Lien Certificate to be sold and filed against the property, and will become subject to foreclosure proceedings if not redeemed timely.

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What happens if I owe more than one quarter in taxes?

If you owe one, two, or three quarters in taxes the amount due with interest becomes much greater.

Please note: If you pay a portion of your tax bill, the payment will go toward the oldest payment due. For example, if you owe for your 1st, 2nd and 3rd Quarter tax bills and you make a partial payment in September, the payment will go towards the principle and interest owed on your 1stQuarter tax bill.

If you have outstanding tax payments for the prior year, still outstanding in the current year, the property will be subject to TAX SALE pursuant to New Jersey State Law, N.J.S.A. 54:5-19.

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What happens if I am late in my tax payment?

If your taxes are paid after the due date (inclusive of the 10 day grace period), interest will be assessed at the rates permissible by law, 8% on the first $1,500.00 and 18% on the remaining balance.

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When are tax bills due?

Property taxes are due quarterly:

  • February 1
  • May 1
  • August 1
  • November 1

We  allow a 10 day grace period. Whenever the 10th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the taxes are due on the following business day.

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What is the purpose of Property Taxes?

The amount of taxes assessed to support the municipal budget. To operate and maintain the Municipality, provide municipal services such as garbage collection, street lighting, street maintenance and public safety.

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What do tax bills consist of?

Your TAX BILLS consists of your Municipal, County and School taxes.

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How do I open a business in the City of Newark?

To open and operate a business in the City of Newark, you must have a City of Newark Business License.

The first step in the process to secure a business license is to make sure you have the following documents:

  • Federal Tax Identification NumberAlso known as an Employer Identification Number (EIN), it is used for both Federal and State tax purposes. The only time you do not need an EIN is if your business is a sole proprietorship without employees (other than the owner) and is not required to file excise, alcohol, tobacco, or firearm tax returns. As a sole proprietor, your social security number can be used for business tax purposes.If you do not have an EIN, you must file Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, with the Internal Revenue Service. You can file your application online HERE. The application is also available online in Spanish.
  • Certificate of Incorporation or Partnership Formation DocumentsTo obtain either of these documents, you must file an original formation/authorization certificate with State of New Jersey. More information on the filing process can be found online HERE.
  • State of New Jersey Business Registration CertificateTo do business in the State of New Jersey, an entity must file organizational documents with the State’s Division of Revenue. This requirement applies to profit and non-profit corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies. You can register your business online with the State HERE.
  • Certificate of Occupancy (COO)You can obtain a copy of the COO immediately from the owner of the building in which your business is located. If the owner is no longer accessible, a copy can be obtained by submitting an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request at the Office of the City Clerk, Room 415A, City Hall, 920 Broad Street.
  • Valid Driver’s License or State ID CardTo obtain a driver’s license or valid State identification card in New Jersey, you can apply online HERE or in person at the nearest local MVC Agency.

Your next step is to obtain a Business License Application package from the Office of Central Licenses and Permits. In the package will be a list of additional permits and/or certifications you will need to obtain and present along with your application in order to qualify for a business license.

Office of Central Licenses and PermitsCity Hall920 Broad Street, Room B-17Newark, NJ 07102(973) 733-6390

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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How do I get a Contract with the City of Newark?

To do business with the City of Newark, you must have a State of New Jersey Business Registration Certificate. You can register your business online with the State HERE.

Contracts with the City of Newark to provide goods and/or services are available by Bid, RFP or RFQ.

For Solicitations released AFTER April 15th, 2021, please follow these instructions:

The City of Newark is excited to transition to online procurement in partnership with ProcureNow. This new system will efficiently guide vendors through the process of responding electronically to RFPs, bids, addenda, etc. to ensure your bids have been accurately completed and will serve as one location for all purchasing opportunities. ProcureNow also offers real time chat, email, and phone support for bidders/vendors with any questions about how to use ProcureNow.

To get started, click here to visit the sign up page.  You’ll receive an email to activate your account. Then, subscribe to our bids by navigating to the City’s eProcurement Portal and clicking the green subscribe button. For more information about how to register, please see our help file.

CLICK HERE to Visit the City of Newark’s eProcurement Portal (updated April 2021)

For Solicitations released PRIOR TO April 15th, 2021, please follow these instructions:

  • Bid Opportunities Vendors submit quotes for products and/or services in response to advertisements released by the Division of Central Purchasing. Contracts are awarded to the Lowest Bid submitted by a Vendor who can provide quality goods and/or services in the right quantity on a timely basis at the lowest cost to the City. To find bid opportunities listed  CLICK HERE
  • RFP/RFQ – Request for Proposals or Qualifications is an invitation for vendors to submit written Proposals or Qualification Statements that meets certain criteria outlined by the City. Contracts are awarded based on a stated set of evaluation criteria. To find RFP/RFQ opportunities listed : CLICK HERE
  • RFEII for Port Newark CLICK HERE

For additional information on the Bid or RFP/RFQ process, please write, call, or visit:

Central Purchasing Division

Division of Central Purchasing

47-63 Green Street

Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-733-3776

Fax: 973-733-3760 Email:

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