Opening a Business in Bordentown City

Recognizing that it’s not easy to start and grow a business, Bordentown City aims to make the process of working with City government as easy and seamless as possible.

The City does not require a mercantile license. Business owners looking to buy or rent commercial properties in Bordentown City should work directly with property owners.

In establishing a commercial operation in Bordentown City, business owners will need to take into consideration zoning requirements, permitted use, construction/building occupancy permits, and historic preservation.

To get the process started, contact the following:

  • Planning & Zoning Board Secretary: Jennifer M. Smith, CTC, (609) 298-0073 ext. 3,
    • Click HERE for Zoning application for Businesses**
    • Click HERE for Request for Inspection Prior to Issuance of Certificate of Approval**
    • Commercial Property located in the Historic District as shown on the Bordentown City Zoning Map is subject to review for exterior/sign changes
      • Click HERE to review the Application for Exterior/Sign Changes**
      • Alterations to the exterior of the property (including signage for a business) must be reviewed and approved by Historic Preservation Commission Officer.

**Above applications are for reference only. You must complete and submit official applications to City Hall for review.

Permitted Uses

Depending on the proposed use and current permitted use, business owners may need to contact the following:

  • Bordentown City Construction Office: (609) 291 – 9331
    • Contact for information regarding permits for construction, building, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection that are issued by the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs Building Inspectors and Officials.
  • Burlington County Health Department: PO Box 6000, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060, (609) 265-5000
  • Fire Marshall, Steven Scholey: Bureau of Fire Prevention, Fire District No 1, 51 Groveville Road (PO Box 11372), Yardville, NJ 08620, (609) 298-5375


Bordentown City is divided into eight zones, ranging from residential to commercial. You can view the zoning map and uses for each of the commercial zones by clicking on the links below.

Local Business Resource

The Downtown Bordentown Association is a great local resource if you’re looking to find more information about starting and operating a business in Bordentown City.

The Downtown Bordentown Association is comprised of 70+ members with businesses located within the city limits. The membership includes retail merchants, restaurateurs, and professional service providers. Among the current membership are art galleries, bookshops, antiques shops, a vintage record shop that also carries new releases, shops that specialize in gifts and accessories; our several restaurants offer a variety of cuisine from around the world; our professional members include dentists, accountants, physicians, and attorneys.