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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
P.L.2021, c.182 (adopted as N.J.A.C 5:28A) requires that municipalities conduct inspections in certain types of rental housing units to identify lead-based paint hazards and issue “lead-safe” certificates every (2) years. Ordinance #2023-09 adopts the guidelines of this law.
Property owners are required to remediate any lead-based paint hazards that are identified via these inspections.
Lead is a naturally occurring heavy metal that is toxic to humans. Prior to 1972 in New Jersey, and before 1978 in the rest of the United States, lead was used as an additive in paint. Lead exposure in children can have a myriad of health effects including damage to the nervous system and kidneys, as well as learning disabilities and decreased intelligence. When lead-based paint deteriorates through peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking, dust and chips can form which can lead to the ingestion of lead and resultant health effects.
N.J.A.C 5:28A-23 outlines two primary methods to identify lead-based paint: visual inspections and dust wipe inspections. Because less than three percent of children in the municipality have an elevated blood lead level, Princeton can conduct visual inspections. However, Princeton also reserves the right to undertake dust wipe sampling.
A visual lead assessment is an examination of all painted building components for deteriorated paint or visible surface dust, debris, or residue. The inspector will look for paint chips or dust from painting activities that were not cleaned up and paint residue on floors.
Dust wipe sampling is collected by wiping a representative surface, including floors (both carpeted and uncarpeted), interior windowsills, and other similar surfaces, and testing for lead in accordance with a method approved by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Pursuant to N.J.A.C 5:28A-2.4, lead-safe certificates are issued to properties that are found to not have interior lead-based paint hazards after undergoing periodic inspection. This includes the unit itself and common areas, such as hallways or entrances.
Pursuant to NJ A.C. 5:17-3.6(b), a lead-free certificate is issued to properties that have no lead-based paint on any surface within the unit, common area, or building.
Also outlined in NJ A.C. 5:17 is lead-hazard free certification, which does not meet the ordinance requirements as per the exemption guidelines in N.J.A.C. 5:28A-1.3(b). After inspection and risk assessment, properties can be deemed “lead-hazard free” in the absence of any condition that causes exposure to lead (i.e. lead-contaminated dust, soil, or paint).
Princeton’s municipal inspectors have the training and authority to issue lead-safe certificates, valid for (2) years. Obtaining a lead-free certificate from a certified lead evaluation contractor would exempt a property from the inspections under this ordinance and is valid for life. Lead-hazard free certification does not meet the requirements for exemption. Such properties would still need to be inspected to obtain a lead-safe certificate every (2) years.
All rental units that are required to be inspected pursuant to N.J. 5:28A must be inspected for lead-based paint within (2) years of the effective date of the law, July 2, 2022, or upon tenant turnover, whichever is earlier.
Based on the municipal ordinance, inspections must take place every (2) years at the expiration of the “lead-safe” certificate.
As per Ordinance #2023-09, the fees are as follows:
*An additional fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be assessed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:27D-437.10 and N.J.A.C. 5:28A-2.2(b), to be deposited into the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Act Fund under the administration of the New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs.
Property owners that opt to directly hire a lead evaluation contractor are still subject to the $20 fee, as this is independent of the municipal inspection fee.
Property owners may elect to hire a certified lead evaluation contractor to obtain a “lead-safe” certificate. However, municipalities are also allowed to perform supplemental inspections to confirm that such inspections are being conducted in accordance with the legal requirements.
Municipalities may prohibit owners of rental units from directly hiring a lead evaluation contractor if…
If you do choose to directly hire a lead evaluation contractor, the lead-safe certificate must be presented to the Princeton Bureau of Rental Housing Inspections. The property owner is also still subject to the $20 fee to be deposited into the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Act Fund pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:28A-2.2(b).
To prepare for this ordinance and its associated requirements, property owners/landlords are encouraged to remediate any lead-based paint hazards in their rental units. If you know that your housing does not contain any lead-based paint, you can also seek out a “lead-free” certificate by hiring a licensed lead evaluation contractor pursuant to N.J. A.C. 5:17-3.6(b). By obtaining this certification, you exempt yourself from these inspections.
If lead-based paint hazards are identified, then the owner of the dwelling shall remediate the hazards through abatement or interim controls. This work must be initiated within (30) days of the violation. Remediation work will be considered initiated when a property owner has hired a lead abatement contractor or another qualified party.
Interim controls and abatement are the two types of lead remediation identified in this act. Should you have any lead-based paint hazards identified in your rental unit, you must undertake one of these strategies to rectify the issue to pass inspection.
Interim controls are measures that are designed to temporarily reduce human exposure to lead-based paint hazards, which might include specialized cleaning, repairs, painting, or containment.
Lead abatement are measures that are designed to eliminate lead-based paint hazards. This work is more extensive.
When fixtures in the home are structurally sound and the primary lead exposure is through deteriorating paint and dust, interim controls may be more appropriate. This may also be the case in the event the housing is slated for demolition or renovation in a few years. However, if there are significant structural defects or if the walls are seriously deteriorated or subject to excessive moisture, abatement is more appropriate.
For information regarding lead assistance programs, please visit the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs website.
If a municipality determines that a property owner has failed to comply with the requirements of this law, the property owner must be given (30) days to cure any violation by ordering the necessary inspection or by initiating remediation.
If the dwelling owner has not cured the violation within (30) days, the owner shall be subject to a penalty not to exceed $1,000 per week until the required inspection has been conducted or remediation efforts have been initiated.
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:28A-2.5(a), the property owner is able choose the appropriate remediation method, whether through interim controls or lead abatement.
Reinspection is dependent on the remediation method used pursuant to N.J.A.C 5:28A-2.5(e).
If interim controls have been used, the unit must be re-inspected within (60) days of the initial inspection using dust-wipe sampling.
If the unit has been remediated through lead abatement, then the lead-free certificate that is issued at the final clearance inspection will exempt the unit from future lead-safe inspections. This certificate must be presented to the Princeton Bureau of Housing Inspections.
Pursuant to N.J. A.C. 5:28A-3.1(a), the property owner must supply their tenant with a copy of their valid lead-safe certificate at the time of turnover and also must attach the lead-safe certificate to the lease.
All responsibility lies with the property owner, who must initiate lead remediation work within (30) days of the violation in accordance with applicable law. This work is done by certified contractors, who must minimize the creation of dust and prevent its spread when performing work that disturbs a painted surface.
If lead remediation work takes longer than a day, the contractor should block off areas where there is lead dust. No occupants of the unit should enter blocked-off areas during this remediation period.
This type of work may require the temporary relocation of tenants in accordance with applicable law.
Once remediation has been completed, an inspector will return to the unit for reinspection to determine that the identified lead-based paint hazards have been appropriately remediated.
Lead exposure is a primary concern for children under the age of 6 (72 months) and pregnant women. If lead-based paint hazards are found in your unit, these groups should be tested to determine if they have elevated blood lead levels.
If a child under the age of 6 has a confirmed blood lead level of 5 g/dL or greater, a public health nurse will manage the case pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:51-2.4.
For more information regarding lead exposure, please visit the CDC's website.
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.
The new permit parking proposal, which applies only in the Witherspoon-Jackson and Tree Streets neighborhoods, offers one free permit for each residence lacking a driveway. In addition, free parking for up to three hours will be permitted for everyone. Second permits to park on the street for longer periods of time, and permits for residences with a single-space driveway will cost $20/month. With the increasing risk of dire effects of climate change, we are trying to strike a balance between easing residents’ parking stress and not actually encouraging more car ownership and carbon emissions by providing overly generous permit availability.
Yes, the initial thought is that homeowners eligible for the state homestead rebate be eligible for half-price on-street permits.
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. They also recommended employee parking on residential streets with some benefit accruing to the residents from the permit fees. In order to bring the latest proposal more in line with Nelson/Nygard recommendations, selling employee permits will benefit the residents of the streets where employees are welcomed by subsidizing free resident permits in those neighborhoods.
It is a misperception that the proposed program creates a new policy to subsidize employee parking. Under our current parking regulations, approximately 185 free all-day 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, separate from any changes to the permit parking system.
The current PPTF recommendations propose changes only to a few streets which currently do not have a permit system (portions of Murray Place, Patton Ave., Aiken Ave., Princeton Ave., and Prospect Ave.). The goal here is to redistribute some employee parking to streets where the residents have not objected, in order to reduce the burden on their neighbors across Nassau.
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 personal credit card, cash, or check. Prepaid cards purchased at grocery stores, pharmacies and the like can also be used.
The PPTF has explored these options. However, due to the high cost of building structured parking, the fees for garages are expensive, more like $10/day instead of $30/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. Council has entered into a new agreement with Rider University to make almost 200 spaces available at the Westminster Choir College campus for employee permits. 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. About 180 employee parking permits will be granted in these spaces and this will go a long way toward meeting the need for employee parking in the CBD.
$30/month, which aligns with the current cost for employee permits in municipal surface lots. Employers will purchase permits on behalf of their employees.
University and other institution staff and faculty will not be permitted to purchase employee parking permits. 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.
At this time, only residences with limited driveways which hold no more than a single car are eligible to purchase on-street permits for $20 per month. Short-term 24-hour guest permits are available to all households up to 30 days per year.
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 per night to individual homeowners, but there will be a limit of 30 permits per address per year. 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.
Yes, and eligibility will be limited to the number of permits per residence based on driveway configuration, or lack of a driveway.
Unknown at this time, but any residential development requires off street parking and would be part of their plan.
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.
Council cannot legally constrain future Councils from taking up matters for consideration. That being said, the current Council does not have any plans to move forward with changes to the parking regulations in these two neighborhoods.
The proposed system is really quite simple and boils down to the following three points: 1) allow 24-hour parking for residents who need 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; 4) automate short term overnight parking permits for the convenience of residents and their guests without diverting police resources from more important public safety responsibilities.
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.
Elimination of LPR technology will make enforcement significantly less efficient and will require the addition of new enforcement staff to adequately patrol the expanded permit zones. The permit parking system is designed to be self-funding through employee permit fees, and these have been increased from the prior proposal, partly in order to compensate for the increased costs resulting from eliminating LPR tech.
Contractors with clearly identified commercial vehicles will be exempt from parking time limits when working for a resident.
It is impossible to generalize because of the widely varying regulations on different streets, and the widely varying demand based on distance from local businesses. Some streets with all-day free parking are heavily parked up, while others have very low occupancy rates. Some streets with 2-hour parking limits are also heavily parked up, while others have very low occupancy rates.
Throughout the Central Business District, Nassau North, and the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, the number of employees working at any given time and currently not provided parking by their employers, based on our survey of first floor local businesses, is approximately 1,030. Under the current proposal, we will not be able to provide parking for all these employees. The total number of employee spaces available under the current plan is approximately 550, with 105 being on streets and the remainder in lots and at underutilized parking meters
Several approaches have been suggested to allocate permits if the demand exceeds the available space, including issuing permits on a first-come, first-served basis, creating a lottery system, or limiting the number of permits granted to each business, either on an absolute basis or as a fraction of total number of employees. The solution could also be a hybrid of these various approaches. We welcome community input on which approach would be optimal. While our survey indicates there is much more unmet need than available space, we know that this unmet need also far exceeds the current supply of on-street parking. We do not know where many of these workers currently park; many may bike or walk to work. The bottom line is that some employers will continue to leave parking solutions in the hands of their employees, and we don’t know whether actual permit requests will exceed permit availability.
The current plan is to issue permits for 50% of available on- street spaces after subtracting the number of eligible residential permits on each block, leaving 50% of spaces available for visitors and contractors working in the neighborhood. Streets hosting employee parking are far enough from local businesses so that they do not experience customer parking demand.
Permits will be available on-line or from our municipal clerk’s office. Permits issued online will be documented by printing a receipt from Passport’s website and placing it on the dashboard of the car.
Similar to the current system, daytime parking will be enforced by local parking enforcement officers, while overnight parking will be enforced by Princeton police officers.
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. Also, Princeton hosts a household recycling and shredding event in the spring and fall where white goods, among many other things, are accepted.
With a reservation, mattresses can be disposed of as bulk items. They must be wrapped in plastic before being placed at the curb. See more information on disposing and recycling of mattresses.
No - the Arborist is responsible only for the planting, care, and control of trees and shrubs upon and in the streets, highways, public places, public right-of-ways, and parks of the Municipality. The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts provides a search option of Arboricultural companies (tree services) whose operators have Tree Expert and Tree Care Operator Licenses. Any person engaging in tree pruning, removal, and/or repair in the Municipality can provide “Tree Care Services” in New Jersey only if registered with the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts.
The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts provides a searchable option “Tree Care Services” in New Jersey. The Shade Tree Commission cannot recommend one tree service company over another, but it does recommend that you solicit more than one estimate before hiring a company. You should ask any certified Arborist for the following information:
o Proof of International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification and licensing by the Contractors State License Board.
o Proof of New Jersey Tree Care Operator license (LTCO).
o Assurance that the Arborist will be adhering to ANSI A300 Pruning Standards and ANSI Z133 Safety Requirements.
o Assurance that the Arborist will NOT use climbing spurs (hooks and gaffs).
o A Certificate of Insurance that includes liability coverage for property damage as well as workers' compensation insurance for all employees.
o A detailed written estimate.
The Municipal Arborist recommends this list of recommended native trees and suggests that you take it with you to the tree nursery. In addition, please consult the Nature Conservancy’s fact sheet on “Right Tree, Right Place”.
You should consult with your neighbor before taking any action because trimming a tree improperly can cause damage to the tree. If you are unable to work with your neighbor for a resolution, and the tree poses a danger to your property, you should consult with an Attorney and/or your Insurance Company. If damage has already occurred to your property or the neighbor’s tree, a consultation with your Insurance Company or an Attorney may be required. The Shade Tree Commission does not have jurisdiction over disputes relating to trees found on private property.
Those trees growing upon and in the streets, highways, public places, public right-of-ways, and parks of the Municipality are protected and maintained by the Municipality. All other trees are the responsibility of the property owner.
For non-emergencies, report the problem online; by contacting Princeton’s Engineering Department (609-921-7077); or email the Municipal Arborist, email@example.com. Please describe the problem, and provide your address, the cross street, telephone number, and email.
After the Municipal assessment, remedial action will be taken at the Municipal expense. For more information, consult Municipal sidewalk regulations contained in Princeton Township Code Chapter 19, Streets, Sidewalks, Bike Lanes, and Shared Use Paths.
If you are having a tree emergency--i.e., a tree has fallen--there may be power lines involved. Contact the Department of Public Works (609-688-2566), between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., or the Police Department (609-921-2100) outside of those hours. Do not go near it.
If the problem is non-emergent, please report it online and the Arborist will respond accordingly.
Cut them into smaller pieces no more than 3½ feet long and no wider than 12" in diameter, tie for collection, and place bundles curbside following your regular brush pickup schedule. If you hire a registered tree care company to cut down trees--whether live or dead--in your yard, the tree care specialists must be advised that they are required to dispose of all trees by current industry standards of proper disposal of trees.
Mulch around a tree should be spread like a donut, not a volcano. Never allow mulch to touch the tree’s bark, and never pile it higher than two to four inches. Mulch too deep decreases the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which can lead to fungal and bacterial diseases. The mulched area should extend, where possible, to the drip line of the branches. It is best to mulch with wood chips or other coarse organic material. For more detailed, illustrated instructions, see “Mulching Your Trees”.
Please consult “How to Look Up a Municipal Street Tree in the Princeton Tree Inventory”.
If you have recently lost a street tree, or simply lack a street tree, the front of your property may be an ideal place for a young shade tree. Please contact the Municipal Arborist, firstname.lastname@example.org. Following are some of the considerations the Arborist takes into account when selecting a species of street tree for each location:
How tall or wide will it be when fully grown? How fast does the tree grow? Is the form appropriate to the spot? Will the tree have suitable sun and moisture conditions? Is the tree flowering and does it produce fruit? Will the tree grow clear of utility wires? Is the species native to this area?
No - it is unlawful to attach anything to a street tree. See Section. 22-6 of the Princeton Trees and Shrubs Ordinance - “Approval required for certain actions concerning trees and shrubs located on public streets, highways, and right-of-ways, and property under Municipality’s jurisdiction.”
For a detailed procedure on how to donate a tree, see Donate a Commemorative Tree or Donate to the Princeton Shade Tree Trust Reserve. You may also want to view the Adopt an Ash Tree information to find out how to sponsor the treatment of municipal Ash Trees. And thank you!
No permit is needed for planting or pruning, as long as the pruning does not irreparably damage the tree. A permit is needed to remove any tree with a diameter at breast height (DBH) of eight inches or greater or an ornamental or evergreen tree with a height of 10 feet or more. Residents should consult the Tree Removal Instructions where they will find a link to the Application for a Tree Removal Permit. An Enforcement Officer will respond within 20 days to grant or deny the application.
For penalties, please consult Section 22-16 of the Princeton Trees and Shrubs Ordinance adopted by the Princeton Council in 2016 and amended in 2020. Each regulated tree removed without a permit is considered a separate violation.
Exceptions to the permit process include, among other conditions, dead trees that are standing and Ash trees, due to the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). However, even in these cases, applicants should file permit applications before written permission is granted by the Enforcement Officer.
A Special Improvement District (SID) is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial district.
The idea for the SID is modeled on the shared maintenance program of many suburban shopping centers. Tenants of a mall pay a common area maintenance fee to underwrite services that enhance the appearance of the common areas and provide cooperative advertising for the mall and its stores.
A SID works in much the same way. However, because a SID has multiple property owners (not one as in a mall) they agree to the extra fee (assessment). Thus, stakeholders in a commercial district can align themselves in much the same way to improve their area as does a mall operation.
Several advantages from this arrangement are:
A Special Improvement District delivers a range of supplemental services in coordination with municipal services and invests in the long-term economic development of their district. These supplemental services and improvements may include the following:
Funds to pay for SID programs and services are generated from a special assessment paid by the benefited property owners. (Note: Many leases have a clause that allows property owners to pass the SID assessment on to their tenants.) The assessment is billed and collected by the Municipal government and then disbursed to the SID, which in turn delivers the District services.
A SID assessment is a fee that each property owner pays to support the operations of the SID. The sum of all the individual assessments that property owners pay comprises the total yearly assessment of the SID, and underwrites most, if not all, annual operating expenses. The total yearly assessment is unique to each SID. The amount paid by each property owner is determined by a formula that each SID creates for its district during the formation process. Formulas are based upon property size and or value.
Different properties may pay different assessments depending upon their type of zoning classification. For instance, commercial, business and retail properties are all assessed at 100 % of the assessment rate established. Not-for-profit owned and occupied properties generally do not pay an assessment, but may be charged a fee. City, State and or Federal Properties do not pay an assessment. Each district decides on their own how they will assess their unique different property classifications. A business that operates out of a residential property is usually assessed at a lower percentage of the full assessment but is assessed nonetheless.
While property owners and tenants could participate in a voluntary merchants association, the SID model presents two distinct advantages:
No. The services provided by the SID are supplemental to the services provided to the district by the municipality. For example, if a SID provides sanitation services, it will still receive the same level of service from the municipalities Public Works/Sanitation as it did before the supplemental services were added.
Each SID is governed by a Board of Trustees that is elected by the members of the district or in accordance with the by-laws. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to the SID and hires the management that administers the SID on a day-to-day basis. The Board is divided into classes that include commercial property owners, business owners, retail tenants, public officials, and sometimes residents. The Board should be representative of the district, but the majority of Trustees must be property owners.
SID’s represent a long-term financial commitment; therefore the formation of a new SID requires the support of the property owners, business owners and the tenants in the district. A municipality creates a SID only when there is widespread support among the property owners, business owners and tenants who are fully informed about the proposed program.
There are usually three phases in the formation of a SID:
Some examples include Livingston, Springfield, Hoboken, E. Hanover, Rahway. However larger municipalities have several SID’s, for instance, Jersey City has 8 different districts, and Newark has multiple districts as well.
Livingston, Springfield, Hoboken, E. Hanover, Rahway, all have varying assessment rates.
They are suggested rates and the budget will be set annually, so can be changed. Right now the suggested rates are based on a budget that relies entirely on assessment funding. If other funding is available, i.e. state grants like Main Street funding, corporate donations, municipal funds such as parking utility or hotel tax funds, or any other such public funds, this would potentially lower the amount assessed, or increase the amount that could be spent.
The Board of the SID will propose a budget it will then be submitted to Council as an Ordinance, noticed to all property owners, and a hearing will take place. The final budget will be set once approved by Council.
SID Sub-Area Map-Enlarged (PDF)
Appendix A (PDF)
Yes. Each year the Council must vote to adopt the budget.
All are welcome to participate. There will be Board seats to fill, as well as many committees that will need volunteers. The Board will have term limits, with the design to have a rotation of Board members and the Committee positions will be building a bench for rotation onto the Board. All Board meetings will be open to the public.
The incorporating documents will be available AFTER the ordinance is approved, but before the budget is adopted. The incorporating documents cannot be finalized until the Ordinance is adopted.
Assuming this is both Board members and Committee members. They do not need to live in Princeton unless they are a resident designee. The Board will consist of a mix of property owners, business owners that are located in Princeton or they can be residents of Princeton. There will also be one council member and either the Mayor or Mayor’s designee, on the Board.
The landlord will be responsible for the payment of the assessment. Whether or not the landlord passes the assessment to their tenant is the landlord’s decision.
15 members. 2 from the governing body (Mayor, or designee, and one councilmember), 7 property owners, and 6 business owners, that may include non-profit (s), or resident member (s). (this is still in discussion)
There will be four incorporating officers, selected from the Steering Committee. They will, in collaboration with the Steering Committee, select the Board members.
Everyone who qualifies (i.e. is a Princeton resident, property or business owner), is welcome to join a committee and/or attend the open meetings. Board members will be selected based on the balance of property and business owners and with the goal of having a balanced board of minority and women-owned businesses and property owners.Ideally, having board members of sub-areas would be great but may be very limiting to try and achieve sub-area balance, minority and women-owned balance AND property owner/business owner balance.
Board membership will have term limits so a rotation of the Board will happen annually. The inaugural Board will be divided in thirds, with one, two and three-year terms, to assure new Board members may rotate in annually.
The SC compared rates to other municipalities’ SIDs. Some were much higher, but since the area encompassed all of Princeton, (not wanting to leave anyone out) it enabled the rate to stay low throughout town. The Tiers of 1, 1.5, 2, and 3% were based on the anticipated amount of benefit that each area would gain from the SID programs.
Palmer Square and the Shopping Center already operate much like a SID, by offering marketing, events, and additional services to their tenants, and whose costs are already passed onto their tenants. Therefore, it was determined that they would continue to offer their tenants those same services, and would not have to duplicate efforts. The goal being to build a synergistic plan between the three entities to leverage media buys, staffing, and resources.
Attachment A, SID ordinance (PDF)
The DMC will be a not-for-profit (501C) under IRS guidelines which prohibits such activities.
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.