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The City of Rahway has no local ordinance regulating Short Term Rentals such as Airbnb, VRBO, etc.
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OPRA (Open Public Records Act) requests are used by the public to gain access to government records. Often requests are for information on a home someone is buying, but can also be for a variety of other reasons, with some limitations by State statute.
If looking for building permit history, and whether there are open and closed building permits, use our SDL portal to look up information. This is often easier and faster than completing an OPRA request.
Here is an example of the information SDL provides.
Follow these quick and simple steps:
1. Click on “use our SDL portal to look up information” link above.
2. Sign up with a user ID and password, or login if you already have an ID and password.
3. If you know the permit number, enter it in the field marked “Check a Status” and click on the green “Go” button.
4. If you do not know the permit number, click on “Full Permit Search” and search by permit number, control number, project number, owner, address, etc.
There is NO CHARGE for this service.
If you have any questions about Building Permits, please contact the Building Department at (732) 827-2087.
To request government records, you can e-mail, fax, mail, hand-deliver, or submit a request by using the form below.
Vital records such as birth and death certificates and marriage licenses may be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics.
1. You may obtain a Notary Public application from the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.
2. Following approval from the State, you must contact the Union County Clerk (NOT THE CITY CLERK) to take your oath of office.
Please refer to Ch. 420, 421-64.1 and Ch. 422 of the Municipal Code for information on cannabis businesses in the City of Rahway.
The City is only accepting applications for cannabis cultivation, warehousing, wholesaling and distribution only and is not accepting any new applications for Class 5 retail cannabis licenses at this time.
City of Rahway Cannabis Application
Please email the Department of Engineering & Land Use for additional questions on cannabis businesses in Rahway.
Property deeds may be obtained from the Union County Clerk's office.
Property surveys are the responsibility of the homeowner and not the City. Property surveys are not issued, nor are they maintained, by the City of Rahway. If you wish to obtain a survey of your property, you must hire a licensed surveyor to perform the service.
The City of Rahway does not have a rent control ordinance.
The State Department of Community Affairs does provide some guidance on rent increases however in this guide.
For further questions, it is recommended to speak to the Union County Ombudsman at (908) 787-1650 extension 21028 as Landlord/Tenant court is handled through the county and not the municipality.
The City of Rahway and the County of Union do not issue official government identification cards.
If you need to obtain an non-driver ID card, you may do so via the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
In all, the process can take 8 to 12 weeks from the time requested, depending on the factors above.
Please refer to our Noise Ordinance which notes the hours in the City of Rahway that private individuals and commercial entities are limited to regarding hosting a party, use of various kinds of maintenance or lawn equipment, as well as general activities which produce noise that is above certain decibels.
Bids are handled by our QPA (Qualified Purchasing Agent) and through the Engineering department.
QPA Contact Information: 732-827-2020
Engineering Contact Information: 732-827-2176 or Engineering@cityofrahway.com
If you plan to have a stationary party bus that cannot fit in your driveway, without blocking the sidewalk or extending into the street, then you would need to submit a "Street Closure Application" which you can fill out here.
Please note: The City Council has to approve all Street Closure Applications, so the application must be submitted at least 30 Days before the event.
All matters involving tickets, violations and court appearances are handled by the Municipal Court, not the City Clerk.
You may contact the Court at (732) 827-2039.
Dog licenses are issued by the Health Department.