Business

Doing Business with the City


Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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.

Click here to Register with the City of Newark Online

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

  • 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.Bid opportunities can be found HERE listed by City department.
  • 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. RFP/RFQ opportunities can be found HERE listed by City department.

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

Central Purchasing Division
Finance Building
828 Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102,
(973) 733-3776
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2. 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.

This license will permit you to operate the following businesses:

  • Automated Amusement Device (AAD)
  • AAD Distributor
  • Arcade
  • Auctioneer
  • Building Contractor
  • Dance Hall
  • Dispatch of Auto Cabs
  • Dry Cleaner
  • Eateries
  • Florist
  • Food Caterer
  • Food Vending Machine
  • Ice
  • Junk Shop
  • Junk Vehicle
  • Laundry/Launderettes
  • Metal Processor
  • Milk
  • Parking Lot
  • Pet Shop
  • Precious Metals
  • Public Garage
  • Restaurant
  • Sidewalk Café (Seasonal)
  • Used Car Lot
  • Used Clothing Store
  • Wrecker
  • Wrecker Driver

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

  • Federal Tax Identification Number
    Also 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 Documents
    To 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 Certificate
    To 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 Card
    To 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 Permits
City Hall
920 Broad Street, Room B-17
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-6390

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

3. How do I become a street vendor in the City of Newark?

To open and operate a street vending business in the City of Newark, you must have a City of Newark Peddler License. This license will permit you to sell general merchandise, food and/or ice cream from a cart starting May 1st.

Newark Downtown District (NDD): Vendors who plan to sell in the Downtown District will be held to the NDD Regulations. There will be designated spots which will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

A. The first step in the process to secure a peddler’s license is to make sure you have the following documents:

  • State of New Jersey Business Registration Certificate
    To do business in the State of New Jersey, a vendor 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.
  • Valid Driver’s License or State ID card
    To 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.
  • Proof of Citizenship or Work Authorization Card
    Proof of citizenship may include a valid United States of America Birth Certificate, Passport or Certificate of Naturalization. The Work Authorization Card is issued by United States Department of Homeland Security (Immigration Customs Enforcement).

B. Your next step is to obtain a Peddler License Application package from the Office of Central Licenses and Permits, Room B-17 City Hall. Applications can be picked up only during regular hours of operation, February 1st through February 28th.

In the package will be the fee schedule and 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.

C. Next, you will return the completed application for review to the Office of Special Taxes, Room B-26, City Hall, as scheduled below, during the month of March. You will be given an appointment when you can return with your cart for inspection.

D. Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will return in April for a physical inspection of the cart by Code Enforcement, the Health Department and the Fire Department.

Office of Central Licenses & Permits
City Hall
920 Broad Street, Room B-17
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-6390

Office of Special Taxes
City Hall
920 Broad Street, Room B-26
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-3770

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

4. As a business owner, do I have to provide paid sick leave to my employees?

Yes, you do. The City of Newark’s Paid Sick Time Ordinance became effective on June 21, 2014. The Ordinance requires all private sector employers with 10 or more employees working in The City of Newark to provide up to five days of paid sick leave per year. (For more information regarding The City of Newark’s Paid Sick Time Ordinance, including how much sick leave employers must provide, how employees can use the sick time, and penalties imposed on employers for violating the Ordinance, please see ordinance HERE).

By June 21, 2014, employers must have notified employees of their rights and obligations under the Ordinance in two ways: (1) by providing individual written notice to each employee and (2) posting notice of such rights in a conspicuous location around the workplace. With respect to the posting requirement, The City of Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, previously known as the Department of Child and Family Well- Being, (“the Agency”) prepared a “Frequently Asked Questions” document about the Ordinance. This document is available HERE. Employers should post the notice for employees.

In terms of the written notice requirement, the Department has not issued a model notice, so we recommend preparing a written notice that incorporates the key terms of the Ordinance. Employers should also adopt the key provisions of the ordinance into their employee handbooks.

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5. As a business owner, do I have to pay a Payroll tax?

All businesses in the City of Newark are required by law to pay a Payroll Tax, unless you are one of the following organizations:

  • The government of the United States.
  • The State of New Jersey or a county, municipality, school district or special district of the state.
  • An interstate government agency.
  • An agency or instrumentality of any entity enumerated in a, b or c above.
  • Any insurance company formed by authority of another state or foreign country, subject
    to the provisions of New Jersey statues annotated N.J.S.A.14:32-15.

The Payroll Tax form and instructions are available HERE.

6. What is Pay-to-Play and how does it affect my business?

In 2006, new legislation was enacted in the State of New Jersey that changed the way New Jersey municipal and government county agencies acquire certain goods and services. Known as the “Pay-to-Play” law, these statutes are designed to regulate political contributions made by for-profit businesses that have or are seeking government contracts.

In essence, the law stipulates that a local government entity, in this case the City of Newark, cannot award a contract of more than $17,500 to a vendor who has made a political contribution in the past year unless a fair and open contract bidding process has been used. Additionally, vendors that are awarded such contracts are prohibited from making political contributions during the term of the contract, beginning at the award date.

Furthermore, for-profit business entities that have received $50,000 or more through government contracts in a calendar year must file a Business Entity Annual Statement (Form BE) electronically with the New Jersey Campaign Financing and Lobbying Disclosure Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) to report contract information and report able contributions it has made. These annual disclosure reports are due each year on March 30th.

Contracts that are awarded through fair and open processes – that is, that are publicly advertised in newspapers or online sufficiently in advance of the contract and that are awarded as part of a process that provides for public solicitation – are not bound by the pay-to-play restrictions.

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