Opening a New Business in any town can be a stressful and confusing process. Here in Hackettstown, we’d like to make opening your new venture a smooth process so that you can open your doors and be successful as easily as possible. There are many different steps to opening your business and many of them depend on the type and location of your business!
The purpose of this guide is to assist you in the preliminary steps of obtaining the approvals and permits necessary for your business. You will also find a helpful contact list for all of the people and boards that you will need to be in contact with. We are also prepared to recommend a number of professionals upon request to assist you in this process. We can recommend architects, engineers, attorneys, and sign and canopy design professionals according to your individual needs.
To get started, please review the ‘How To’ document. It describes the many different zones and acceptable use of properties in those zones. Click Here for the Zoning ‘How To’ Document.
Steps For Opening A Business
When Opening a Business, a new sign will very likely be necessary. For both New and Existing businesses in Hackettstown, all sign changes must meet approval PRIOR to installation.
Sign Permit Instructions (PDF) →
For any restaurant or food handling businesses, there is a Food Permit with the Town of Hackettstown as well as the Warren County Health Department. It would be in your best interests to contact the Health Department at (908) 475-7960 for details on the requirements for permits and inspections.
Warren County Health Department Forms (PDF) →
The Hackettstown BID
Stop in the office and let us know what you’re planning! We can help in many ways including helping you with Grand Openings and other celebrations. We also maintain a web page on our site for your business. Email your business information to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can set up your web page on our site and help spread the word about your business. We are here to help you succeed. We also maintain a Facebook Page to help engage the community and make them aware of what you’re doing!
Internet & Social Media
A high percentage of Hackettstown residents refer to the Internet and Facebook to get their information on things going on around town. We highly recommend that you start a listing on The Hackettstown Patch and Facebook as early as possible to make the community aware of your presence. It is also important to make use of it, keep the information current and post updates at least weekly to keep your customers informed of anything going on in your business. Let us know as soon as your pages become available so that we can ‘like’ it and share your posts with our audience. Other than a few minutes of your time these are FREE ways to keep your customers and the community thinking about you!