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Urban Enterprise Zone

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program is working remotely and is committed to servicing the needs of the business populace.  Based on reduced access to interdepartmental contacts, staff has been advised to work with certified businesses that may need additional time in order to submit Annual Reports and Recertifications.  If you have additional questions, please contact us at 1-877-913-6837 and refer back to this webpage for the most updated information.


New Jersey's Urban Enterprise (UEZ) Program, enacted in 1983, is in the Department of Community Affairs. The UEZ Program exists to foster an economic climate that revitalizes designated urban communities and stimulates their growth by encouraging businesses to develop and create private sector jobs through public and private investment.

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Becoming a Certified UEZ Business

In order to participate in the UEZ Program, your business must be—

  • Registered with the State of New Jersey
  • Located within one of the 32 designated zones
  • Be in tax compliance with the State of NJ
  • Certified by the New Jersey UEZ program

All Certification Applications are entered online using the UEZ Business Certification System, accessible through NJ Premier Business Services. Refer to the step-by-step instructions for assistance.

Helpful information is available on the UEZ Forms & Instructions web page.

Benefits to Businesses

Reduced Sales Tax – currently 3.3125%, effective 1/1/2018

Tax Free Purchases on certain items such as capital equipment, facility expansions, and upgrades

Financial Assistance from agencies such as NJEDA

Subsidized unemployment insurance costs for employees who earn less than $4,500 per quarter

Energy Sales Tax Exemption for qualified manufacturing firms with at least 250 employees, 50% of whom are working in manufacturing

Tax Credit Options (owners may elect one of the following)

  • Up to $1,500 for new permanent full-time employees hired
  • Up to 8% Corporate Business Tax credit on qualified investments.

Get Certified

  1. Create/access your NJ Premier Business Services (PBS) account (step-by-step instructions).
  2. Add your business to your PBS account.
  3. Click on the Urban Enterprise Zone link under Select a Service Center in PBS.
  4. Complete and submit the UEZ Certification Application.

Get Started

Instructions, procedures, and additional assistance are available throughout the application screens.