The Township of Woolwich supports new businesses and entrepreneurs and welcomes new businesses to our community. We value your investment and are available to assist you in meeting your goals of starting and growing your business. The following information is particularly relevant to new businesses, but please note that the information may not cover everything so we have included other reference points.
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What do I do first?
When a business is interested in opening in Woolwich Township, the first step is to identify a location where that use is permitted. Most commercial uses are permitted along U.S. Route 322, the Woolwich Regional Center including Kingsway Commercial Center and Kingsway Town Center. Subsections of the Woolwich Regional Center include the RC-1, RC-2 RC-3,
RC-4 zone, (refer to 203-127 in the zoning code for land uses.) and the FOC Zone or Flexible Office Commercial District (refer to 203-46). Other commercial zones include The Weatherby Commercial Overlay adjacent to Center Square Road (refer to 203-45, B, (2) (d)) and the Auburn Road Village, a mixed use commercial/residential walkable neighborhood center, AR-1 zone. (Refer to 203-128 for uses.)
Ideally the use would be permitted in the zone. When it is not, the business owner has the option of applying for a “use variance” from the Joint Land Use Board. The time frame for this process varies. It is important to build extra time into your plan schedule. For further information contact the JLUB at 856-467-2666 x 3107.
All new construction and most alterations and renovations require a Building Permit from the Construction Department. Most commercial projects require two (2) sets of plans, prepared by a license Architect or Civil Engineer bearing their original stamp, to be submitted for review by the plan review official. The Construction Department is guided by the Uniform Construction Code (UCC). The UCC has stringent requirements for practices and materials used as well as fire suppression requirements. All electric and plumbing require permits and work must be performed by NJ Licensed contractor. Applications for building permits may be made through the Construction Department.
A building permit ensures that your building project is structurally sound; that it complies with the building and zoning codes, and more importantly, that the structure is built to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all occupants.
All permits are applied for through the Construction Office. There are four primary disciplines in which to obtain permits. They are Building, Electrical, Fire and Plumbing. Once a permit has been issued, you or your contractor needs to contact the Construction Office to arrange for inspections. Each inspection will be marked pass or failed. Once all inspections have been completed and passed, the Construction Official will issue you a certificate to occupy the building and operate your business.
Certificate of Occupancy
A Certificate of Occupancy is required prior to moving in and opening for business. A Certificate of Occupancy ensures that your location complies with all current zoning and building code regulations. An inspection of the premises is required when a CO is issued or when the occupant of the building changes.
Please be aware that compliance is ultimately your responsibility. Before finalizing any purchase or lease agreement, it is important to determine what, if any, repairs are required and an agreement is reached between both parties as to who will be responsible for the cost of said repairs.
Please note that there are fees associated with zoning permits, building permits and board reviews. Each case is unique, so fees may vary.
For more information or to apply for a Building Permit or Certificate of Occupancy, please visit
The Woolwich Township Construction Department
120 Village Green Drive
Woolwich Township, NJ 08085
856-467-1445 x 3103 or x 3111
A permit is required prior to erecting, installing, painting, altering, or relocating any sign. Size, type and other sign design restrictions such as lighting may be found in the zoning code Article VIII sections 203-77, through 203-80.
Woolwich Township permits individuals to operate certain types of businesses within their homes, with certain limitations. Home base business owners are required to secure a Certificate of Occupancy. For more information please review the zoning code; 203-60 Home Occupation or 203-61 Professional Office in Home
The information contained within is intended to provide a general understanding of conducting business Woolwich Township. Nothing contained in this business reference guide is intended to supersede or contradict any Municipal Ordinances or Procedures, State Statutes or outside agency requirements. You should seek professional legal advice as to the specific application requirements for your business.