Winter Weather Reminder

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Inspectors are issuing fines for violations.

Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants.
The City performs proactive inspections and also relies on citizen complaints to help identify those property owners that are not meeting sidewalk safety requirements. The vast majority of property owners comply with these regulations, but the City will issue fines to those who do not keep sidewalks clear.

To report an unshoveled sidewalk, visit or use the Hoboken 311 mobile application for iOS and Android.

Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at and are included below.

§ 168-8 Snow removal.
[Amended 1-19-1994 by Ord. No. R-27; 1-4-2012 by Ord. No. R-151]

The owner or occupant or person having charge of any dwelling house, store or other building or lot of ground in the City shall, within the first six hours after every fall of snow or hail, or after the formation of any ice upon the sidewalks, unless the ice is covered with sand or ashes, cause the snow and ice to be removed from the sidewalk abutting such dwelling house, store, building or lot of land, cause the snow and ice to be removed from the sidewalk abutting such dwelling house, store, building or lot of land, clearing a traversable walkway so that a minimum of four feet or 2/3 of the width of the sidewalk, whichever is greater, is free of snow and ice. In those instances where the traversable walkway is less than four feet in width, the owner, occupant or person having charge shall clear the entire width of the abutting sidewalk.

In case the gutter opposite any dwelling house, store or other building, or lot of ground, in the City shall at any time become obstructed with snow, ice, dirt or any matter, the owner or occupant or person having charge thereof shall cause the gutter to be cleaned out to the width of two feet, so that the water may run freely along the same.

If more than four feet of sidewalk is available, snow may be deposited between the cleared area and the curbline at a height of no greater than 3.5 feet.

At no time shall snow, ice, dirt, or any matter be removed into the street.

Where public facilities or public infrastructure are present on a sidewalk, such as mailboxes, phone booths, handicapped ramps at corners, parking meters, bicycle racks, and benches, the owner, occupant or person having charge shall maintain clear access to said facilities or infrastructure so that all public functions may continue unimpeded at all times.

§ 190-36 Snow emergencies.

Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway, or whenever a snow emergency has been declared by the municipality, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on the following street or highways or portion thereof.
[Amended 3-2-2011 by Ord. No. Z-87]

  Name of Street Side Location
Fifth Street South Clinton Street to River Street
Fourth Street South River Street to Jackson Street
Ninth Street North Jackson Street to River Street
Observer Highway
[Added 2-3-2016 by Ord. No. Z-394]
Both Hudson Street to Henderson Street
Seventeenth Street Both Willow Avenue to Jefferson Street
Third Street North Jackson Street to River Street
Thirteenth Street North Washington Street to Willow Avenue
Washington Street Both Observer Highway to northern boundary
Willow Avenue (H.C. Rd. No. 675) West Observer Highway to Eleventh Street
  1. The above parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased, until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.

    § 190-37 Removal.
    [Amended 3-2-2011 by Ord. No. Z-87]
    Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of this article shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic and any police officer or parking enforcement officer may provide for the removal of such vehicles. The owner shall pay the reasonable costs of the removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.


Hoboken Offers Free Garage Parking for Holiday Shoppers

Washington Street

To encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Hoboken is offering up to 4 hours of free garage parking in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) from December 7th, 2017 through January 1st, 2018 for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine.

To receive up to 4 hours of free garage parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $25 on food and/or retail purchases from any Hoboken business(es) that same day. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

Legal Memo on Flood Damage Prevention Amendment

Click here to view the legal memo regarding a proposed ordinance amending Ch. 104 of the city code (Flood Damage Prevention).

Milling and Paving Scheduled for Week of December 4th on Portion of Washington Street

Milling and paving of four blocks of Washington Street between Observer Highway and 3rd Street is scheduled to take place the week of December 4th, weather permitting. Expected hours of operation are 8:00am to 7:30pm. Efforts will be made to maintain vehicular traffic where possible, however road closures will be required at times.
During construction, NJ Transit buses will operate on a detour. Buses heading toward Hoboken Terminal will travel south along Washington Street, detour east on 5th Street, and south on Hudson Street. Buses heading towards New York will leave the bus terminal from Observer Highway, turn north on Bloomfield Street, turn east on 5th Street, and continue north on Washington Street along the regular route.
To facilitate bus detours, parking will be prohibited on both sides of 5th Street between Bloomfield Street and Hudson Street as well as on both sides of Bloomfield Street near Observer Highway and Hudson Street near 5th Street. Police will be on hand to help direct traffic.

Public Hearing to be Held for Sustainability Element of Hoboken Master Plan

The Hoboken Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the adoption of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan at its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00pm in the ground floor conference room of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

The City of Hoboken has been actively involved in sustainability efforts for nearly a decade, achieving Bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey, in 2011 and Silver certification in 2017. Sustainability has been promoted through several recent and current efforts that address climate adaptation, flood mitigation, public and environmental health, Green Building, and non-vehicular transportation. The draft Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element (“Sustainability Element”) discusses these efforts and outlines goals, strategies, and actions to make Hoboken a more sustainable and resilient City.

View a draft of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element:

The purpose of the public hearing is to take public comments on the proposed Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan. Depending on those public comments, the Board may adopt the proposed Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element at that time.

Hard copies are available for public inspection at the Hoboken Planning Board Office during regular business hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.

Mayor Zimmer Appoints Brian Crimmins as New Provisional Fire Chief

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that Battalion Chief Brian Crimmins will be appointed as the new Provisional Fire Chief. He will be sworn in this week and will serve until a new Fire Chief test is administered in early 2018. The test will be open to all Battalion Chiefs and Captains, and Mayor Bhalla’s Administration will make a decision on the next Fire Chief after the results of the test have been received.

“I thank Chief Peskens for his service to Hoboken as Provisional Chief and Battalion Chief Crimmins for stepping up to serve as our next Provisional Chief,” said Mayor Zimmer.

Battalion Chief Crimmins has served in the Hoboken Fire Department since 2004 and was ranked #1 on the Battalion Fire Chief promotional list. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and graduated #1 in class at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he received a Master of Public Administration.

City of Hoboken Responds to DEP Permit Application for Former Union Dry Dock Site

After an evaluation by legal counsel, the City of Hoboken has provided formal written feedback to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding NY Waterway’s application for a provisional permit at the former Union Dry Dock site.

In a joint letter, Mayor Zimmer and Mayor-Elect Bhalla urge the DEP Commissioner to deny the application and ensure that the “entire transaction be fully evaluated in the light of day with full transparency for all interested parties. Unfortunately it appears as though the transaction has so far been conducted in a manner that appears intended to hide information from the public and from the City of Hoboken.”

The full letter from Mayor Zimmer and Mayor-Elect Bhalla along with a review of legal issues can be viewed at:

NY Waterway’s DEP permit application can be viewed at:

Reminder: Public Design Meeting for Northwest Park to be Held Thursday, November 30th, 7pm

Residents are invited to a public design charrette to work together with the Northwest Resiliency Park project team on design concepts for the park. The public charrette will be held on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at the Wallace School Cafeteria, located at 1100 Willow Avenue.

Residents are also invited to complete the online survey for the Northwest Resiliency Park at

Hoboken’s largest park will provide recreation and public space for our community. It will also be a fundamental part of Hoboken’s resiliency strategy by integrating green infrastructure and innovative stormwater management measures to mitigate flooding from rainfall events. In 2017, the City of Hoboken opened a temporary pop-up park at the site which will remain in place during the design process for the permanent park. The park is located between Adams Street, Madison Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street.

Hoboken for the Holidays


Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken invite you to the Holiday Crafts Fair, Christmas Tree Lighting, Holiday Banding Concert, and Menorah Lighting. See below for details.

Hoboken City Hall Holiday Crafts Fair
Saturday & Sunday December 2nd & 3rd • 11am to 5pm
Handicap accessible. Elevator available.

Unique Handcrafted Gift Items by local artists & crafters. Featuring: art, jewelry, fashion accessories, pottery, wooden home decor, hand knit scarves, hats, mittens, baby sweaters, baby clothes, Silly Chilly hot sauce, holiday ornaments & gift wrap, soap & body products, candles, sachets, dog & cat treats, hot & cold compresses & much more.

  • Meet Mrs. Claus. Shewill be doing face painting both days on the 2nd floor.
  • Nabi Photographyspecializes in life style & family portraits. They will be doing holiday photo sessions at the Hoboken Holiday Craft Fair.

For more information on participating vendors visit:

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:00pm

In front of City Hall, 94 Washington Street With MC & host Elvis the Elf (aka Polka Dot), the Hoboken Fire Department and a visit by Santa Claus.

Featuring local school children singing popular Christmas songs, Hoboken High School Choir, Hoboken Middle School Choir, Steven Hunter Taylor & Kristen Hoyt, Hoboken High School Concert Band, Songs from A Hoboken Tale from Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, Cheer Dynamics All Stars  – 2017 ECAEDA All STARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, All Saints Day School and BOLD Arts, Daisy Troop 10222, Brownie Troop 12563, prizes and giveaways by radio station CBS FM  101.1, and much more.


Hoboken Holiday Banding Concert
Sunday, December 17th
Maxwells, 1039 Washington Street
Doors open at 5:30pm; admission $10
Hear some of your favorite, classic, holiday songs performed and reformed by your favorite local musicians. There are sure to be some new originals as well. Featuring performances by: Abbe Rivers, Jack Skuller (of The Skullers), Deena & Jon of The Cucumbers, Las Vandelays, Lloyd United,  Gene D. Plumber, Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Elena & Boo of Demolition String Band, The Gordys, Bianca Bob, Ed Fogarty, Tom Vincent and The Hoboken Holiday House Band, and many more. Proceeds to support Hoboken’s Movies Under the Stars Outdoor Summer Series 2017
The Annual Grand Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 17th • 6:00pm
Outside in front of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street
Sufganiyot (donuts), Levivot (Latkes), dreidels, light up necklaces, chocolate gelt, music and dancing. Free event for the entire Community. For more information:

Hoboken Municipal Offices Closed & Street Cleaning Suspended November 23rd & 24th

Hoboken municipal offices will be closed Thursday and Friday November 23rd and 24th. Regular garbage and recycling pickup remains on schedule, however there will be no garden/yard waste, furniture/appliance, or electronic waste pickup on Friday.

Street cleaning will be suspended Thursday and Friday. Hoboken Parking Utility customer service windows will close at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 22nd and will reopen on Monday, November 27th.