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The mission of the Department of Engineering is to improve, maintain, plan, operate and repairs the city infrastructures. The department is also responsible for improvements and enhancement of roadways, traffic and transportation, public buildings, municipal parks, and the City’s automobile fleet are among the major responsibilities and tasks carried by the Department of Engineering. Through strategic planning and quality management, we ensure that our facilities provide citizens and constitutes of Newark favorable and safe living conditions, saving energy and improving the quality of their lives.

The department is divided into the following divisions:

  • Motors provides comprehensive fleet maintenance and management services for the city’s operating agencies so they may fulfill their respective missions.
  • Public Buildings provides comprehensive maintenance, security, and custodial services for city buildings in order to keep them safe and attractive for public use.
  • Building Division provides comprehensive administration and enforcement of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (UCC) and the issuance of building permits and inspection services for the construction, renovation and rehabilitation of new and old buildings, both residential and commercial, in the city’s neighborhoods.
  • Traffic and Signals provides comprehensive planning, development, construction management, replacement, and operation of the city’s transportation infrastructure to ensure the safety and ride-ability of city streets.

Division of Traffic and Signals 2015 Annual Report
Division of Traffic and Signals 2014 Annual Report
Division of Traffic and Signals 2013 Annual Report

Building Permits

Any person or company who needs to build, alter, renovate or rehabilitate any residential or commerical building in the City of Newark must apply for a building permit prior to the start of any work.

Permits can be applied for at the Permits Office in Room B-13, City Hall located at 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102, between the hours of 8:30 am  and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.  At your your initial visit, you will receive an application packet and a checklist of documents and prior approvals that must be obtained and submitted along with your application.

All construction whether residential or commercial must adhere to the 2015 Internation Building Code.

Construction Permits

Any person or company who needs to perform any work within the Right of Way of the City of Newark (sidewalk or street) must apply for a construction permit prior to the start of any work. Permits can be applied for at the Division of Traffic and Signals located at 255 Central Ave, Newark NJ 07103, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday – Friday.

All road construction, traffic control or public safety functions, which interfere with motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic on City streets and/or sidewalks shall require the use of Uniformed Newark Police Officers or Special Police Officers hired through the Newark Police Outside Employment Unit. Please contact the Newark Police Outside Employment Unit at (973) 733-4464.

Parking Permits

Any person who needs to apply for a Handicap or Loading Zone Permit can do so at the Division of Traffic and Signals located at 255 Central Ave, Newark NJ 07103, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday – Friday.

Adopt-a-Median Program

Adopt your median today and help keep our roadways clean!

The City of Newark Adopt-a-Median program is part of an effort to make our roadways litter-free and beautify our city. The program is voluntary, designed for businesses, profit and non-profit organizations and is open to groups that do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color or sex.

Each group assumes responsibility of an assigned section of a median and agrees to remove litter and trash a minimum of 24 time a year for a two-year period. Also, if the group desires, the city may grant the permission to perform landscape maintenance and planting services. The City of Newark will work with the adopting group to select the specific section of the median to be adopted.

To apply to Adopt-a-Median, please download this form and follow the instructions:

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan

In 2011, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designated the City of Newark as a Pedestrian Safety Focus City due to pedestrian fatality rates exceeding the national average. Cities are identified as pedestrian focus cities if they have more than 20 average annual pedestrian fatalities or a pedestrian fatality rate greater than 2.33 per 100,000 population. In addition to training and technical assistance related to pedestrian safety, the FHWA recommends that each pedestrian focus city develop and implement a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan to identify where to address pedestrian safety issues with the goal of reducing the frequency and severity of pedestrian crashes.

This plan is a collaborative effort between the City of Newark and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) with input from stakeholders and the community. The plan’s intent is two-fold: to serve as a guide for the Division of Traffic and Signals to prioritize locations of greatest concern and also to inform the public where the city intends to focus its efforts.








Other Resources:

Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Street Smart NJ Report 2013-2014 – Pedestrian Education & Enforcement Campaign

Newark Complete Streets



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