P.L. 1997, CHAPTER 85, approved May 5, 1997

Senate, No. 181




An Act authorizing municipalities to require address registration by certain property owners and supplementing chapter 48 of Title 40 of the New Jersey Statutes.


    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


    1. a. A municipality is hereby authorized and empowered to enact an ordinance requiring an owner of real property situated within the municipality to register with the clerk of the municipality the street address of his residence whenever that owner does not reside at his property, in the case of residential premises, or does not operate a business at the property, in the case of commercial property. An ordinance so enacted shall provide for the assessment of reasonable penalties in the case of noncompliance.

    b. The clerk of the municipality may forward a copy of any address registration made pursuant to subsection a. of this section to the clerk of the county in which the municipality is situated. The county registrar shall maintain a file and index any address registrations received pursuant to this subsection.

    c. For the purposes of this act, "real property" shall mean any type of real estate including commercial or residential, improved or unimproved lots, single family homes, multiple dwellings, and property held in any manner, including fee simple, condominium or cooperative forms of ownership. "Street address" shall mean the address at which the person actually resides, and shall include a street name or rural delivery route in addition to any postal office box number which may be included.


    2. This act shall take effect immediately.




Permits municipal ordinance requiring address registration of certain property owners.