Running a Home Professional Office in Bayonne? You must register before January 1, 2017


Mayor Jimmy Davis reminded Bayonne property owners that a revised zoning regulation concerning home professional occupation offices takes effect on January 1, 2017.   Under the revised ordinance, owners of properties with home professional offices are advised strongly to register them with the City of Bayonne by January 1.  The purpose behind the zoning amendment is to permit existing home professional offices to continue, and, if registered, to be sold or transferred subject to and limited by the information set forth on the registration form.  Applications for registration are available at the City Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

                According to Chapter 33 of the General Ordinances of the City of Bayonne, home professional occupations include, but are not limited to, physicians, dentists, podiatrists, lawyers, architects, engineers, commercial artists, planners, and clergymen. 

                As of January 1, 2017, the City Clerk’s office shall have the complete file of all home professional occupation dwelling registrations filed with the City of Bayonne.  This list shall be the exclusive and sole list of such dwellings for purposes of determining whether or not a home professional occupation may exist or be sold in accordance with the more liberal standards set forth in the ordinance.  All dwellings set forth on the list shall be limited to the information contained in the registration on file as of January 1, 2017. 

                The zoning revisions passed by the City Council spell out several legal differences between registered and unregistered premises that contain home professional occupations.  These differences concern how much floor area shall be used for a home professional occupation; how many units may be occupied for residential and professional  purposes;  which floor may be devoted to a home professional occupation; how much storage space a home professional occupation may have; and the terms under which a home professional occupation may be sold or transferred.  The ordinance also regulates such matters as exterior signage for the professional office; distribution, delivery, and storage of goods and equipment; and the number of employees at the premises. 

                The proprietor or professional of the home occupation shall present evidence of ownership or the written consent of the owner of the premises prior to issuance of a permit to conduct a home professional occupation.  The ordinance shall not be construed to limit, prohibit, or regulate the occasional part-time use of a residence for the purpose of studying or working on papers in connection with a business or for the purpose of making or receiving telephone calls or using a computer in connection with work.   

                Persons filing under the terms of the ordinance must submit proofs regarding the number of employees by way of payroll records, and a floor plan drawing of the entire premises with a description of unit usage and square footage per unit.  The floor plan drawing may be prepared by the owner of the premises. 

                Please contact Attorney Karla Garcia in the City of Bayonne’s Law Department at 201-858-6095 with any questions regarding the ordinance or the registration form. 

Since January 1, 2017, falls on a Sunday, City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 2, for the New Year’s holiday. Due to the holiday, registrations can be filed on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, and will be considered timely.