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A Sidewalk Permit (SWP) is required by the Linden Engineering Department for the new construction or replacement of existing sidewalks along all Municipal and County Roads throughout the City. Permits along State Roads are under the jurisdiction of the NJDOT. There is a fee for the permit.
A Curb Permit (CP) is required by the Linden Engineering Department for the new construction or replacement of existing curbs along all Municipal Roads throughout the City. Permits along County and State Roads are under Union County and NJDOT jurisdictions, respectively. There is a fee for the permit.
Road Opening Permits
A Road Opening Permit (ROP) is required by the Linden Engineering Department for excavation within the Street Right-of-Way along all Municipal Roads throughout the City. Permits along County and State Roads are under Union County and NJDOT jurisdictions, respectively. This permit is mainly used by utility companies; however, it is also used by contractors and plumbers for the construction or replacement of sewer lines. There is a fee for the permit.
Each street within the City of Linden has a specific Right-Of-Way (ROW), a distance from the front property line on one side of the street to the front property line on the other side of the street. This is public property, however, by ordinance; it is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain this area. Usually the roadway is centered within this Right-Of-Way, with sidewalks on either or both sides of it.
Encroachments into the Street Right-Of-Way are prohibited. All signs, fences, walls, structures, etc. shall be within the confines of the respective property boundaries.
There are approximately 91 miles of Municipal Roads running through the City of Linden that are under its jurisdiction.
There are approximately 9.5 miles of County Roads running through the City of Linden that are under the jurisdiction of Union County. These roads include:
- Elizabeth Avenue from Park Avenue to the Rahway Line
- Linden Avenue (East) from Park Avenue to the Elizabeth Line
- Raritan Road from Wood Avenue to Stiles Street
- Roselle Street from St. Georges Avenue to Elizabeth Avenue
- Stiles Street from Raritan Road to Edgar Road
- Valley Road from Stiles Street to the Clark Line
- Wood Avenue from Raritan Road to Edgar Road
There are approximately 10 miles of State Roads running through the City of Linden that are under the jurisdiction of the State of New Jersey. These roads include:
- Edgar Road (US1&9) from the Elizabeth City Line to the Rahway City Line
- New Jersey Turnpike (I95) from the Elizabeth City Line to the Borough of Carteret
- Route 278 from Edgar Road to the Elizabeth City Line
- St. Georges Avenue (NJ27) from the Elizabeth City Line to the Rahway City Line
National Flood Insurance Program
The City of Linden participates in the National Flood Insurance Program which allows any property owner in the City of Linden, whether your property is located in a flood zone or not, to purchase flood insurance. Through the City’s activities associated with the Community Rating System, Linden residents receive a discounted rate on this insurance. To find out if you live in a flood zone, you can either call or stop in the Engineering Department or view the maps posted on the FEMA website.
What is my Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE)?
This interactive tool from FEMA can assist you in determining the current and advisory flood risk of your property.
Stormwater Management Plan
On January 5, 2004, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted new stormwater regulations which require the City of Linden to comply with the requirements of the NJPDES Tier A Municipal Stormwater Permit. In accordance with this permit, the City of Linden has adopted a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, Stormwater Management Plan and Stormwater Control Ordinance. In addition, Ordinances were either modified or adopted regarding Pet Waste, Litter, Improper Waste Disposal, Wildlife Feeding, Yard Waste, Containerized Yard Waste and Illicit Connections. Highlights of these Ordinances are as follows:
- All pet owners are required to immediately and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned by that person.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, discard or otherwise place any litter of any nature upon public or private property other than in a litter receptacle.
- The spilling, dumping, or disposal of materials other than stormwater to the municipal storm sewer system operated by the City of Linden is prohibited. (Exceptions include potable water, uncontaminated ground water, air conditioning condensate, irrigation water, residential car washing and swimming pool discharges, and flows from firefighting activities.)
- No person shall feed, in any public park or on any other property owned or operated by the City of Linden, any wildlife, excluding confined wildlife.
- Sweeping, raking, blowing or otherwise placing yard waste that is no containerized at the curb or along the street is only allowed during the 7 days prior to a scheduled and announced collection, and shall not be placed closer than 10 feet from any storm drain.
- The owner or occupant of any property, or any employee or contractor of the same engaged to provide lawn care or landscaping services, shall not sweep, rake, blow or otherwise place yard waste, unless the yard waste is containerized, in the street.
- No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged through an illicit connection to the municipal storm sewer system operated by the City of Linden any domestic sewerage, non-contact cooling water, process wastewater, or other industrial waste.
A more visible requirement has been the labeling of storm drains – "Dump No Waste, Drains to Waterways," and the retrofitting of storm drains during road reconstruction or repaving with inlets that meet the design standards of the permit in order to reduce the amount of solids and floatables in our waterways.
New Jersey One Call
New Jersey State Law requires that you must call the New Jersey One Call System before you dig (excavation, demolition, etc.) whether it’s a small or a large construction or homeowner project (such as putting up a fence, mail box post or real estate sign post, building a home addition, deck or foundation, etc.) for marking underground utility lines. Calls must be made three (3) business days in advance, but no more than ten (10) business days. Excavation must commence within ten (10) business days. Operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1.800.272.1000 or 811.
For more information, visit NJ One Call.
Home Improvement Program
City of Linden residents can apply for a no interest loan of up to $24,999 for home rehabilitation. The loans are perpetual liens that are repaid upon the sale of the home. Participants must own and live in their 1 or 2 – family dwellings. Eligible improvements include new roofs, electrical, plumbing and heating systems.
Homeowners can apply for this program by contacting Robin Lospinoso at Development Directions LLC, 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065 (telephone 732.382.8100). Interested homeowners can call the office for an appointment. A follow up letter is sent to the homeowner; along with the letter confirming the appointment. There is a list enclosed with all of the documentation needed by the program to determine eligibility.
The current eligibility incomes are as follows:
Household Composition (Persons)
Once determined eligible, an inspection is scheduled by the city’s cost estimator to inspect the home and determine the necessary improvements, which must include any health and safety issues. The homeowner is then supplied with a scope of work. Homeowners are then instructed to obtain two comparable estimates for the work. Once the homeowner receives the estimates, the homeowner prepares the contractor selection form and forwards their selection with the two estimates to the consultant.
Once the homeowner selects the contractor, the consultant prepares a detailed work write up and a Contractor Homeowner Contract. An appointment is then set with the homeowner, the contractor and the program to review and sign all of the documents, including the mortgage for the amount in the work write up.