Planning Board

Thank you for your interest in opening or maintaining your business here in Salem, New Jersey. To begin the process, you will need to complete a planning board application, and a historical review board application if the property is in a historic district. If you have further questions or need further information, please contact the City Commerce & Economic Development Director, Charles Bailey, at .


(Terms expire 12/31)
2023 – Mayor Jody Veler. – Class I
2023 – Charles Matthew Bailey V – Class II
2023 – Earl Gage – Class III
2024 – OPDN – Class IV (A)
2024 – James Dickerson – Class IV (B)
2023 – William Corbin – Class IV (C)
2024 – Benjamin Ford – Class IV (D)
2023 – Gary Cecil – Class IV (E)
2026 – Virginia Jared – Class IV (F)

Alternate #1 – Lou Perry – Class IV
Alternate #2 – open
Alternate #3 – open
Alternate #4 – open

Board Secretary – Aileen Westcott
Legal Counsel – Adam Telsey
Planning Services – Bach Associates

Housing Inspector – 609-774-1198

2022 Planning Board Meetings

Meeting Address: 1 New Market Street Salem, NJ 08079

Planning Board meetings are normally scheduled the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm UNLESS otherwise stated.

  • February 24, 2022
  • March 24. 2022
  • April 28, 2022
  • May 26, 2022
  • June 23, 2022
  • July 28, 2022
  • August 25, 2022
  • September 22, 2022
  • October 27, 2022
  • November – To be determined
  • December 22, 2022

Notice of the meetings will be posted at City Hall Annex located at 17 New Market Street and on the City website, if the meetings are changed to virtual, due to COVID-19. Instructions for accessing the virtual meeting through the Zoom on-line meeting platform will be posted at the Municipal Annex Building located at 17 New Market Street and on the City website.

Other Items

Planning Board Application and Fee schedule

Information coming soon!

Note regarding Certificates of Occupancy and the Sale of Properties

The City of Salem DOES NOT require a Certificate of Occupancy (“C/O”) be obtained prior to the transfer of title to real property.
However, a new owner will NOT be permitted to occupy, or allow  or suffer the property to be occupied UNTIL a valid inspection is performed and a valid C/O is obtained. There is no legal requirement that the Buyer acknowledge this legality in advance. However, as a Seller, it would be in your best interest to notify the BUYER as to the existence of this information.

If the Salem City Housing Office determines that a property is being occupied WITHOUT a current and valid C/O, a complaint will be filed in municipal court against the CURRENT owner of the property.  Please feel free to contact the housing office if you have any questions or need any further information.

City Code for Planning Board

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-23 and City Code Section 130-6, the Planning Board shall consist of 9 members, divided into four “classes” of membership as follows: Class I – the Mayor or his designee in the absence of the Mayor the term of this member shall correspond to the Mayor’s term of office with the term being one year or the expiration of term of office; Class II – a member appointed by the Mayor who is “one of the officials of the City” with the term being one year or the expiration of term of office; Class III – a member of the City Council to be appointed by the City Council with the term being one year or the expiration of term of office; and Class IV – shall be 6 residents of the City appointed by the Mayor, who hold no City Office or employment except that one Class IV member may be a member of the Board of Education; and one Class IV member shall be a member of the Environmental Commission.  The term of the Class IV members shall be 4 years with initial appointments designed to create staggered terms among the Class IV members. There may be up to 4 “Alternate” members of the Planning Board appointed by the Mayor for terms not in excess of two years.