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Cualquier infracción de las restricciones, controles, y las reglas del municipio de viviendas asequibles y reglamentos puede resultar en responsabilidad civil penal, y/o consecuencias financieras, incluyendo la pérdida de su propiedad.
Todas las propiedades del municipio de Princeton de venta asequibles tienen restricciones que impactan todas las propiedades. Algunas de las restricciones en escrito más importantes son: A.) El propietario debe ocupar la propiedad de tiempo completo y permanente. Nadie puede ocupar la propiedad, ni siquiera los otros miembros del hogar, a menos que el dueño de casa ocupa la propiedad de forma permanente. B.) La capacidad del dueño de casa de endeudamiento es limitada. La cantidad de dinero que puede ser prestado o refinanciar, utilizando la propiedad como garantía, se determina por los reglamentos estatales y municipales. El Coordinador calcula la capacidad de endeudamiento permitido. C.) el precio de venta es una cantidad restringida, calculada a partir del precio de compra original, además de reconocimiento, y puede ser más o menos que el precio de compra nueva. El municipio recibe una parte de la apreciación. Si el precio de compra es menos que el precio de reventa, el municipio contribuirá al precio de compra. Si el precio de compra es más que el precio de reventa, el municipio va a recuperar la diferencia.
Unidades de reventas están ocupadas por los propietarios de viviendas. La duración del tiempo de espera depende de la decisión de un propietario a vender. En ese momento, sólo el municipio comercializa la propiedad. El municipio utiliza un proceso de selección al azar para asegurar que su programa es una Oportunidad Equitativa de Vivienda. Cuando una propiedad esté disponible, el municipio envía las cartas de notificación, a la misma fecha y hora, a los solicitantes en la lista de espera que son hogar de tamaño natural y de ingresos adecuada para la propiedad que se ofrece. Disponibilidad también está publicada en la página web del municipio. Los solicitantes están obligados a responder de inmediato a la notificación llamando a la oficina de Vivienda Asequible para dejar un mensaje en el buzón de voz. Las entrevistas se programan en el orden en que las llamadas se recibieron.
El Municipio de Princeton y su programa es único en que el cálculo de precio de compra se basa en los costos de vivienda que no pueden exceder el 28% de los ingresos del hogar anual. Los costos de vivienda incluyen los pagos de la hipoteca, intereses, honorarios asociación de propietarios, el pago de alcantarillado, y de seguro de vivienda, así como una indemnización por el seguro hipotecario privado. Los costos de vivienda no incluyen los servicios públicos, alimentos y otros gastos del hogar. (Si su ingreso anual está por debajo del ingreso mínimo para calcular el precio de compra, según lo determinado por la Junta de Vivienda, usted todavía puede ser capaz de comprar si usted puede calificar para el programa del municipio y se puede obtener una hipoteca por el precio mínimo de compra ).
El municipio no ofrece ninguna garantía o representación de la disponibilidad de unidades para cada solicitante. Calificación de municipio y la selección se hace sobre la base de criterios, incluyendo pero no limitado a: el tamaño del hogar, ingresos, deuda, historial de crédito, la disponibilidad de unidades, y el estado de residencia legal.
El Municipio de Princeton y sus solicitantes en lista de espera para compras es una lista abierta. Si su ingreso familiar anual y tamaño de la familia están dentro de los límites de ingresos Región 4, usted puede ser elegible para el programa del Municipio de compras basada en los ingresos. Por favor, envíe una solicitud, (ver Aplicación Box), a la oficina de Vivienda Asequible a 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Vivienda Asequible del Municipio de Princeton y su programa de compra es único en varios sentidos:
Any infraction of any deed restrictions, controls, and/or Princeton Affordable Housing Rules and Regulations may result in criminal, civil, and/or financial consequences, including the loss of your Affordable property.
All of Princeton’s Affordable sales properties have deed restrictions that impact the property. Some of the most important deed restrictions are:
All of Princeton’s resales units are occupied by homeowners. The length of the wait time is dependent upon a homeowner’s decision to move. Princeton uses a random selection process to ensure that its program is an Equal Housing Opportunity.
When a property becomes available, Princeton sends out notification letters, at the same date and time, to those applicants on the waitlist who are household-size and income-appropriate to the property being offered. Availability is also posted on the Princeton website. Applicants are required to respond immediately to the notification by calling the Affordable Housing office to leave a message on the voice mail system. Interviews are scheduled in the order in which the calls were received.
Princeton’s program is unique in that the Purchase Price calculation is based on housing costs that cannot exceed 28% of gross household income. Housing costs include:
Housing costs do not include utilities, food, or other household costs.
Princeton offers no guarantee or representation of unit availability for every applicant. Qualification and selection is made on the basis of criteria including, but not limited to:
Princeton’s applicant wait-list for purchases is an open list. If your gross household income and household size fall within Region 4 Income limits, (see the Regional Income Limits link), you may be eligible for Princeton’s income-based purchasing program. Please submit an application online or mail it to the Affordable Housing office located at:1 Monument DrivePrinceton, NJ 08540
If a bat is in the living space of your home such as a bedroom or living room and you cannot rule out the possibility of exposure, leave the bat alone and contact the Animal Control Officer by calling the Police Dispatch center for assistance 609-921-2100.
If the bats are living in your attic, chimney, unfinished basement, or outbuildings you should try to bat-proof the living space of your home or consult with a private pest control company that can help you prevent the bats from entering living spaces. It is illegal to kill or hire anyone to kill bats. Thoroughly examine your home for holes that may allow bats entry and caulk any openings larger than 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch. Use windows screen, chimney caps, and draft guards beneath doors to basements and attics, fill electrical and plumbing holes, and check for holes or tears in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) ducts.
Bats have small teeth and bites may not be easily seen, therefore individuals do not always know if they have been bitten by a bat. Any contact is considered an exposure. Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and get medical advice from your doctor.
Notify the Animal Control Officer immediately by calling the 24-hour dispatch center at 609-921-2100. Whenever possible, the bat should be captured and sent to a lab for rabies testing.
Notify the Animal Control Officer immediately by calling the 24-hour dispatch center at 609-921-2100. Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and get medical advice immediately from your doctor or the emergency room. Whenever possible, the bat should be captured and sent to a lab for rabies testing.
If you think your pet or other domestic animal has been exposed to a bat, contact a veterinarian or the Health Department and have the bat tested for rabies. Remember to keep vaccinations current for cats, dogs, and other pets. Pets can be exposed to bats when you aren’t home or can even catch and eat bats without your knowledge.
No. Princeton does not have rent control.
Yes, however, room and flat rentals require Zoning Department approval first. Please contact the Zoning Department at 609-921-1359 before registering with the Bureau of Rental Housing Inspection.
All rental properties should be registered with the Bureau of Rental Housing Inspection. Multiple-family dwellings that contain interior common areas, such as hallways, laundry rooms, or basements, must have a fire inspection of the common areas once per year. Please contact the Bureau of Fire Safety for more information. The individual apartments, however, are required to be registered and inspected by the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs.
Yes. Whenever there is a change of ownership, homeowners are required to register with the Bureau of Rental Housing Inspection. The property owner shall have the property inspected and obtain a one-time Certificate of Inspection for Rental compliance.
Single and two family rental properties are inspected every two years and are issued a Certificate of Compliance that is valid for two years from the date of inspection, even if you have a change in tenants during that time. Owner-occupied exempt rentals are required to obtain a Certificate of Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Alarm, and Kitchen Fire Extinguisher whenever there is a change of tenants.
Please contact the Bureau of Rental Housing Inspection at 609-454-4756 to be sure you apply for the correct certificate.
Inspection fees will be invoiced when all inspections are complete.
Payments may be made by check, made payable to “Princeton”
Please remember to include the invoice number in the memo section of your check.
Mail your payment to:
Bureau of Rental Housing Inspections
One Monument Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
Please be advised that any issues must be brought to the NJ Department of Civil Rights within 180 days.
For further information, please see our Guidelines, Policies and Procedures (PDF).
No, only state and federal agencies have the authority to make a determination on discrimination. The Princeton Civil Rights Commission can provide information about how to seek protections based on state and federal law. However, the Civil Rights Commission does provide an informal mechanism for parties to work together to resolve issues surrounding discrimination.
If you believe you have been subject to discrimination you can make an application for assistance through a number of avenues:
Once the application is received by the Human Services Department they will provide the following assistance:
No, the Princeton Civil Rights Commission is an informal process to mutually resolve discrimination and has no legal authority. The Commission encourages anyone seeking a legal remedy to use the State of New Jersey Civil Rights Commission to resolve their issue. All parties will be advised that regardless of any informal process, you have only 180 days from the date the discrimination occurred to make a claim with the NJ Civil Rights Commission or Superior Court.
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a local review agency of Princeton. HPC reviews preservation plans filed with the Office of Historic Preservation. Its purpose is to promote historic preservation, recommend designation of historic properties, and review projects for development in locally designated historic districts in Princeton. The Commission is a citizen body appointed by the governing body whose members serve without pay. Its members have a range of knowledge in:
While the Office of Historic Preservation has on file research materials pertinent to its purpose, it does not serve as a library or research organization. This is a function served more by other organizations such as the Historical Society of Princeton, a private entity, located at the following location:Updike Farmstead354 Quaker RoadPrinceton, NJ 08540
A preservation plan outlines how a structure or site improvements in a local designated historic district or buffer zone will be altered. A preservation plan should be filed with the Office of Historic Preservation. The preservation plan includes:
An applicant must file a preservation plan when exterior work is proposed on existing structures on the property, or new construction is contemplated. In certain historic districts, approval is needed when the applicant wishes to paint a house a different color than the existing color. The applicant does not need to file a preservation plan if ordinary maintenance is being done. However, in that instance, the owner should check with the Office of Historic Preservation to confirm that a preservation plan is not needed and also with the zoning and building departments to determine if permits are required.
The replacement of any deteriorated, damaged, or non-functioning structure or feature with the same material, color, and dimensions.
An applicant files a preservation plan and submits three copies to the Office of Historic Preservation, located in the Zoning Department. The filing fees $75. Depending on the scope of the project, the preservation plan can be approved administratively by the Historic Preservation Officer and Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) Chair, or by the full HPC.
If the application is part of a development application for site plan or subdivision, the administrative officer of that application has a 45 day review period for completeness. If the application can be approved administratively, the Historic Preservation Officer has fifteen calendar days to review the application for completeness. If the preservation plan requests a full HPC review, the Historic Preservation Officer prepares a report for the Commission and the application is scheduled on the agenda of the next available Commission meeting.
The preservation plan is reviewed and discussed and a public hearing is conducted on the plan. It is suggested that the applicant or a representative attend the hearing. Applications are on file and are available for public inspection at least ten days before the date of the hearing.
A preservation plan may be approved administratively when the Historic Preservation Officer determines that the preservation plan conforms to the requirements of the Historic Preservation Ordinance (PDF), and will not have a significant impact. The Historic Preservation Officer with the concurrence of the Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission may approve the application without a review by the full Historic Preservation Commission. Certain changes in an approved preservation plan for projects currently underway may also be approved administratively.
You can file a concept plan with the Historic Preservation Office to be placed on the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) meeting. The Commission will informally comment on the plan at the meeting. There is no fee required and no comments or plans are binding.
Only if you propose to build an exterior structure or add to an exterior structure. It is also required if you wish to change the use of rooms in the interior. The applicant is asked to file a zoning permit application along with the preservation plan application in order to ensure that there are no variances in the proposed plan.
The landscape is under the review of the Historic Preservation Commission. The purpose of the Ordinance is not to restrict an owner from gardening or landscaping. It is recommended that the applicant reach out to the Historic Preservation Officer at 609-285-4151 to determine if the improvements will require an application.
Certain historic districts (type 2) do not require approval for paint on already painted structures. Those properties that require approval (type 1) will need a preservation plan which is usually done as administrative approval. Call the Historic Preservation Office at 609-285-4151 for more information.
If the demolition of a structure or part of a structure in a historic district is proposed, it shall be approved only if the structure cannot be put to reasonable use. The applicant must apply to the Historic Preservation Commission for approval of the demolition. Call them at 690-285-4151 for more information.
An individual owner may present a preservation plan to the Commission. However, the building department or zoning department may require certain professionals to prepare plans or documents for the proper permits.
A public hearing is a meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission, publicly advertised, at which the preservation plan is reviewed. After a presentation of the application, the Chair of the Commission opens up the hearing to the public for comment. At the hearing, an individual may appear or be represented by an attorney. The applicant may also give power of attorney to an individual or a professional such as an architect.
The preservation plan is approved during the public hearing by the review of the Commission. The Commission studies the report of the Historic Preservation Officer and reviews the application according to the Secretary of the Interior Standards (standards published by the U.S. Department of the Interior) and the Princeton ordinance. The body then votes on the plan and issues a written document called a Resolution which outlines the approval or disapproval and any conditions that it may have imposed.
It is important to note that the Ordinance states that the criteria and standards in the ordinance are intended to provide a framework within which the designer of the improvement is free to exercise creativity, invention, and innovation.
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) Ordinance states that a preservation plan is approved only if the proposed action (which may be modified by conditions of the reviewing agency):
A single-family homeowner in a historic district needing a zoning variance has to request relief from the ordinance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. An owner prepares an application that includes the zoning variance application as well as a preservation plan.
The application is subject to a 45-day completeness review period. The Historic Preservation Officer prepares a report to the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). The Commission reviews the application and makes recommendations to the Zoning Board. The HPC, in this instance, has an advisory function. Final approval of the preservation plan as well as any variance granted would be by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The owner may appeal within ten days to the Planning Board. The appeals process is outlined in the Ordinance (PDF).
Areas of study for districts are outlined in the Princeton Community Master Plan. When an area is chosen for study as a district, a letter will be mailed to owners in the area of study which outlines the following:
After the study is completed, the proposed boundaries of the district are drawn and a public hearing will be held. The survey will be reviewed by the HPC. Notice of this hearing is included on the HPC agenda, and a letter is sent to all property owners in the area of study inviting them to the hearing. Public comments on the proposed designation are welcomed by the HPC at the hearing. After the public’s input, the HPC deliberates and may pass a resolution to recommend to the governing body that a district be created.
If a district is recommended for designation, the Princeton Attorney is instructed to prepare an ordinance for introduction by the governing body on the proposed district. The introduced ordinance is referred to the Planning Board for comment. Princeton conducts a public hearing. The introduced ordinance returns to the governing body for final review and consideration. If adopted, the district is designated.
There are costs to implement a permit parking program, for both administrative and enforcement. When a public service is utilized by a limited number of beneficiaries, public finance best-practice favors “user fees” paid by the beneficiaries rather than funding the service from general revenues.
Yes, the Task Force is considering some form of permit discount or exemption for lower-income households.
The Nelsen-Nygaard report strongly favored regularizing the complicated and unequal rules for permit parking throughout Princeton in neighborhoods where this type of control is needed. They advocated for both daytime and overnight parking to be permitted, consistent fees to be charged for permits, and recommended enforcement using license plate recognition technology. The only place our proposal differs from theirs is that Nelson/Nygard felt that selling employee permits, should pay into a fund that would benefit the residents of the streets where employees are welcomed.
The proposed system is really quite simple and boils down to the following three points: 1) allow daytime parking for residents who need it and overnight parking for residents who want it; 2) allow flexible short-term parking for all guests of residents and customers of nearby businesses; 3) allow low-density employee parking only on streets with lower parking demand.
The details of how this is achieved seem complicated in part because the existing system is so convoluted, with many different rules in force varying on a street-by-street basis. As we flesh out the proposed changes, they seem arcane and complex (as can be seen in the side-by-side comparison of existing to new, where one can see multiple sets of rules within each neighborhood being converted to a single set of rules). The proposed system will be much more clear, consistent, and equitable.
It is a misperception that the proposed program creates a new policy to subsidize employee parking. Under our current parking regulations, approximately 185 free spaces are provided on our streets, concentrated in two neighborhoods and utilized almost entirely by employees (mostly in the Tree Streets as well as Witherspoon-Jackson). This is truly subsidized employee parking. The proposed new plan, which is entirely self-funding, puts the onus on employers to fund the employee parking which is currently provided for free. The permit parking proposal does not create, but rather removes existing parking subsidies.
No parking is being proposed in any area which does not already have parking. Cars will need to be relocated to municipal lots during snow events, as is currently the case. Trash collection currently coexists relatively well with parking in many neighborhoods. We are exploring asking residents to place leaf and brush out for collection on the opposite side of the street from parking to resolve current problems with collection.
The PPTF recommendations aim to accommodate affordable parking for employees in a manner that treats all neighborhoods in an equitable manner and places some parking in better proximity to the need in the Central Business District. At present, employee (and customer) cars crowd the streets of some close-in neighborhoods with no restrictions, while other, centrally located neighborhoods have regulations that prohibit all-day on-street parking.
According to numerous studies, cars parked along a roadway actually provide a calming effect on traffic and reduce the speed of car travel and the number and severity of crashes.
Residents can pay online with a credit card. They can also pay in-person at 400 Witherspoon Street with a personal credit card, cash, or check. Prepaid cards purchased at grocery stores, pharmacies, and the like can also be used.
The permit parking system is designed to be self-funding through permit fees. Revenues from citations for violations will go into the general fund.
Passport, the LPR provider, guarantees that the data collected will be stored for only a limited time that is determined by the town, and the information will never be shared or sold. This approach is common practice today for parking enforcement. The Princeton police department can establish policies that they will not request such data for investigative purposes. This technology has been in use for several years in municipalities throughout the country without reported abuses of privacy. Princeton University has recently adopted similar technology for the management of its on-campus parking permit program.
The PPTF has explored these options. However, there is very limited availability of parking garages, and the fees for garages are expensive, more like $10/day instead of $10/month. For retail and restaurant workers, these fees are cost-prohibitive. Plus, the parking garage availability is limited (see pre-Covid levels), and best serves the businesses by offering patron parking.
There are a few private lots available. Most already have made agreements with businesses to offer employee parking. Churches do have parking lots that are largely vacant on weekdays, but they need to reserve the ability for members to park on short notice for events such as funerals and memorial services.
Town officials are in ongoing conversations to find other shared lot agreements with private owners and will continue to pursue more options for employee, customer, and residential parking.
It is true that many of these all-day metered spaces are underutilized. The task force recommends that employee permits be honored at these meters as part of an overall strategy. However, at most about 100 employee parking permits could be granted in these spaces while the PPTF estimates the overall need for more (estimated at 500) permits.
$10/month and employers will purchase permits on behalf of their employees.
University and other institution staff and faculty will not be permitted to purchase employee permit parking. The University is trying to radically reduce their carbon footprint partly through an aggressive system of transportation management for students, employees, and staff. Granting permits to members of the University community would undermine these efforts, as well as burdening our residential streets with excess parking.
Undergraduates are not permitted to have a car on campus. The proposed permit system continues to prevent them from parking on local streets as an alternative -- particularly through the posted, 3-hour parking limit on the most accessible, residential streets. Graduate students might be eligible to purchase residential permits depending on their housing circumstances.
This varies from neighborhood to neighborhood, depending on the availability of on-street spaces. There are no limits on guest permits per household.
One permit per household will be eligible at the regular price ($10/month) and a second permit will be available at twice the regular price ($20/month).
One permit per household will be eligible. A restricted driveway is one that has space for only one car.
Apartment buildings provide their own off-street parking, so no residents will be eligible for permits.
$5 for a 24-hour guest permit, $10 for 3-days, and $20 for 7-days.
There is currently no limit proposed on the number of overnight guest permits available to individual homeowners. All guest permits are available to purchase online anytime, or in-person at 400 Witherspoon St. during regular business hours.
To give more time for guests to visit residents and customers to shop/dine. This time limit also coincides with parking meters throughout town.
Evening parking is free after 9:00 pm and before 2:00 am. The overnight parking restriction for those without permits continues to be enforced between 2:00 am and 6:00 am, as is currently the case.
Contractors will be able to buy both short and long-term permits, at their option depending on whether they do a lot of work in Princeton or are just here for a single project of limited duration. The long-term permits will be “at large” and be able to be used in any permit parking zone for the duration of their permit.
Unknown at this time, but any residential development requires off-street parking and would be part of their plan.
No parking spaces will be lost. Rather, 62 spaces will be relocated, 12 two-hour spaces, and 50 all-day employee spaces. In many cases, the new locations will be more convenient to places of employment than the current parking spaces.
On a case-by-case basis, residents will be able to purchase an employee permit for in-home workers similar to business owners purchasing employee permits for their workers.
Town ordinances 2015-23 (PDF) and 2017-14 (PDF) requires that all alarms be registered within 30 days of installation and re-registered every two years. Alarm users may view the biennial registration period as an opportunity to update their alarm/monitoring company and contact information. However, users are encouraged to contact Police Records at any time during the year to add or delete contact information as necessary. Up-to-date contact information is important should we need to reach you, or reach a person who is familiar with your alarm.
False alarms can generally be placed in two categories, human and mechanical error. Instruct your alarm users to the correct procedure for your alarm and what to do in the event of a false alarm. For users of a monitoring company, a false alarm must be canceled through the monitoring company (contact your company for their procedure). If an alarm is canceled prior to police arriving on the scene, you will not be charged for the false alarm. Alarms require maintenance from time to time and, unfortunately, you may not be aware that your alarm needs servicing until you have a false alarm.
If you experience a false alarm due to a mechanical problem, have your system serviced, and submit a copy of the repair paperwork to Police Records; your false alarm will be removed from your record. Summonses are time-sensitive, so systems must be repaired immediately so as not to incur court costs. It is our goal that alarm users maintain their alarms so as not to incur fines, and use the alarms correctly to keep people and property secure.
When you sell your property or vacate as a tenant (residential or commercial), let us know so that we remove your name from our alarm file and you do not incur a fine for non-registration. However, if you retain ownership of the property and the alarm is not disabled, (the panel is lighted, shows zones, etc.) you must register since the alarm is still wired and active.
Any person who installs, has installed, operates, maintains, or owns any alarm system designed to summon the police, fire, or other municipal agency to your location in response to any type of alarm signal must register.
Read the Mercer County Curbside Recycling Information Single Stream Recycling (PDF) to see what materials are accepted or not accepted.
Yellow recycling buckets are available at the Department of Public Works located at 27 N Harrison Street (behind the firehouse). Buckets are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2:30 pm. Buckets are free and residents can take up to 4.
To dispose of broken buckets, use them for your weekly trash collection but mark the top "TRASH, TAKE ALL" Please do not bring broken buckets to Public Works.
Visit the Recycling Information Center for more information about recycling a variety of items.
Find information on New Jersey’s Appliance Recycling Program.
See information on upgrading to a new fridge.
Mattresses can be disposed of with your regular trash. They must be wrapped in plastic before placed at the curb. See more information on disposing of mattresses.
Take this list of recommended native trees (PDF) with you to the tree nursery.
Municipal inspectors or officials (Fire Safety, Construction, Health) may inspect for compliance with this ordinance. A complaint from a member of the public or an employee may prompt such inspection.
If during the inspection, a lack of compliance is found, the inspector will provide verbal or written warning addressing how to achieve compliance within 30 calendar days. You will be able to email pictures to the responsible municipal official/department during that time period to demonstrate compliance.
Under section 1-6(a), violators can be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000, or imprisonment up to a maximum of ninety days, or community service up to a maximum of ninety days. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
Signage should be permanent and clearly indicate that the restroom is open to all genders, including but not limited to:
View approved Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signs.
Please reach out to the Office of Fire Safety, Construction Department, or the Health Department if you require clarification on signage.
If a business cannot post its branded/specially-made sign prior to that date, the business must post interim appropriate signage. Need a temporary sign? Download our postcard (PDF).
A covered entity or place of public accommodation may obtain a waiver from these requirements if it documents in writing, to construction officials’ satisfaction, that compliance with this section would violate or conflict with the State plumbing code or other duly adopted State law.