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Business Development

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The following will help guide you through the process of opening a business in Millburn-Short Hills

Welcome to Millburn-Short Hills

Millburn Township is part of a dynamic trade area that includes Summit, Livingston, Florham Park, Chatham, Madison, Maplewood, South Orange and West Orange, all within a three-mile radius.

Finding the Right Location

It is essential that you call the Building Department at Town Hall at 973-564-7055 to determine whether the location you are considering is properly zoned for your use. Other requirements such as on-site parking come into play so it is very important to call the Building Department before signing a lease or purchasing a building.


Permits are required for most renovations and there are specific codes that must be followed during the renovation phase. There is a fee for each permit, and in most cases, the township's sub code officials conduct inspections during renovations. In some cases, architectural plans and traffic studies may be required. Again, the Building office will instruct you on what is required.


Quality signage is strongly encouraged. Your sign is a reflection of your business. All permanent business signs require a permit. The town regulates the type, size, location and illumination of signs. Awning and canopies are also regulated and require appropriate permits. Call the Building Department prior to ordering a sign or awning to make sure your proposal meets the codes.

Copies of the regulating ordinances are available from the Building Department. New business owners should also inquire about temporary window sign regulations.

Retail food establishments must obtain approvals from the Health Department before any work begins. A license is required prior to opening. The Health Department, located at Town Hall, 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn can be reached at 973-564-7087. If you intend to serve or dispense alcoholic beverages, you will require a license to do so. Call the Township Clerk's office at 973-564-7073 for information about liquor licensing.

Marketing your Business

The Chamber of Commerce sponsors a variety of year-round retail promotions, business-to- business marketing and special events that attract thousands of visitors to town. Membership in the Chamber is an investment in your business.

Local and National Media

The Item of Millburn-Short Hills, Independent Press, The Star-Ledger, New York Times, and online news services including The Alternative Press and Patch.com offer numerous opportunities to promote and advertise your business. A sufficient marketing budget should be an important part of your business plan.


Millburn Township is easy to reach by NJ Transit train and bus. Visitors by car can easily access the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, routes 24 & 78 and other major roadways. We are 20 minutes from Newark Airport and 40 minutes from Manhattan.

Important Addresses and Phone Numbers:

  • Millburn Town Hall - 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn 973-564-7075
  • Building Department - 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn 973-564-7055
  • Township Clerk's Office - 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn 973-564-7073
  • Department of Public Works - 435 Essex Street, Millburn 973-564-7060
  • Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce - 973-379-1198


  • JCP&L - Customer Service Center 800-662-3115
  • PSE&G - 800-436-7734
  • NJ American Water - 800-652-6987
  • Comcast Cablevision - 908-689-3355

To make your move to the Township a smooth one, please abide by the zoning and property maintenance codes. A warm welcoming business environment is your best business investment!

Millburn-Short Hills Quick Facts

  • Total Population 19,765
  • Average age 40.6
  • Average household income range from $125,000-160,000
  • 96% of dwellings are owner occupied
  • 5.0 mile trade area has population of 283,500
  • Several business districts including downtown Millburn and Short Hills, MorrisTurnpike, Chatham Road, and Kennedy Parkway
  • Over 300 "in-town" shops & restaurants featuring men's and women's apparel, children's clothing, furnishings and toys, home furnishings and accessories and much more
  • 1.2 million square foot Mall at Short Hills featuring an additional 175 stores and restaurants
  • Hundreds of diverse professional services
  • Ample parking for customers and clients
  • The re-known Paper Mill Playhouse is within walking distance of downtown Millburn
  • Close proximity to transportation, other communities, goods and services
  • For a representative list of town-wide businesses visit our directory

These are just some of the reasons why Millburn-Short Hills is able to attract and retain quality businesses.