Washington Business Improvement District

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Hometown Friendly & Business Ready!

Opening A New Business in Washington Borough 
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Washington Borough is situated at the crossroads of State Highways 57 and 31, and is only minutes from Routes 46, 78, and 80. Conveniently located for Warren and Hunterdon Counties, and even parts of Pennsylvania, the Borough sees 20,000 vehicles -- and potential customers -- through its downtown each day!

Downtown Pride

Washington Borough takes great pride in its downtown and is always seeking ways to improve the streetscape. Upgrades have included extra-wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, antique-style town clock and complementing street lights, a pocket park with performance space, and plenty of convenient parking. The Borough is home to more than a dozen free and low-cost annual festivals and events each year. Well-attended by area residents, these events also attract more than 15,000 visitors annually.

Affordable Opportunities

Washington Borough offers affordable rentals in a wide range of sizes and shapes, whether new business owners are seeking office, medical, retail, or manufacturing space. Those purchasing and improving a commercial property may be eligible for the state Tax Abatement Program (application can be downloaded HERE), and further assistance may be available directly through the BID! 

The Business Improvement District seeks to recruit sought-after business models and may be able to offer up to $2,000 in matching fit-out funds to eligible businesses. Call the BID office for more information.


Already Decided to Join Us in the Borough?

Owners Must Submit the Following Documents Before Opening Their Doors

Zoning Application - All new business must submit a zoning application (available HERE), as well as several associated forms outlined below. For Zoning questions you may contact the Zoning Officer at (908) 689-3600 Ext. 139.

All sign changes for both new and existing businesses must be approved prior to installation. If submitted at the time of the zoning application there is no additional fee.

Site Plan Waiver - For use by new businesses at locations which will not require major construction.  (Available HERE.)

Applications for locations requiring major renovations must be submitted through the planning board. For further information contact the Planning Board at (908) 689-3600 Ext. 130.

Business Letter of Intent - A letter summarizing the intent of the business, number of employees, hours, etc. 

Floor Plans - Sketch of layout of the building and rental units.

WBID Contact

Opening a business in the Borough? We're here to help!

Contact Washington Borough Business Improvement District Executive Director John Monteverde:

(908) 689-4800

21 Belvidere Ave. 

Washington, NJ 07882

Borough Hall Contacts

Borough of Washington 

100 Belvidere Ave. 
Washington, NJ 07882 

(908) 689-3600


Borough Manager: 

Ext. 113

Zoning Officer

Ext. 139

Matt Lopez, Fire Official

Ext. 123

Planning Board

Ext. 130

Business License Application - Click HERE for application.

Business Information Sheet to the Washington Borough Fire Official: Click HERE for Fire Prevention New Business Form. Fire Inspection required prior to opening, please contact Keith Gonzales (908) 689-3600 Ext. 123.

Food Establishments Require Licensing Through the Warren County Health Department: Carol Schwar (908) 475-7960.

Construction May Require Permits through the Department of Consumer Affairs (908) 713-0722