The City of Plainfield and service providers are hard at work keeping our city safe, healthy, and clean. If you're a new resident, it's good to have these numbers at your fingertips and to be aware of your resources. This list also includes a few services not offered by the City of Plainfield but by private organizations:
515 Watchung Avenue | 908-226-2665
The Building Division issues building permits and Certificates of Occupancies for new businesses.
515 Watching Avenue | 908-753-3386
The City of Plainfield takes its property maintenance code seriously and expects all property and business owners to do the same. Help keep Plainfield safe, clean and attractive by calling the city's Code Enforcement Office if you see something that looks against city code or an area that could use some "sprucing up". The Code Enforcement Office hears complaints ranging from tenant "no-heat" complaints to graffiti, broken windows, condemnation, and other unsightly conditions. Make a difference by being the city's eyes and ears in your neighborhood by reporting troublesome buildings and areas to the Code Enforcement Office.
515 Watchung Avenue | 908-226-2513
Interested in starting a business? The Economic Development Office provides business services, such as loans, Urban Enterprise Zone administration, and free website development for businesses for one year through Google. For developers, this office is a valuable resource in finding more information on current redevelopment and incentives for large developments. The city's sign and facade program is a major incentive to businesses that wish to install new signage and make facade improvements, and offers to pay 75% of project costs.
315 Central Avenue | 908-753-3484
The Fire Department has three stations that serve the city 24/7. The Fire Department also conducts routine inspections, educates the public on fire safety, and register's all new businesses in case of emergency.
510 Watchung Avenue | 908-753-3092
The city's Health Division issues health licenses to all the city's restaurant establishments, and protects the community against public health hazards. Animal control, communicable disease services, vital statistics, health education, and WIC services are also offered by the Health Division.
515 Watching Avenue | 908-753-3580
The City of Plainfield has 8 historic districts and 10 historic zones, which is more than any other municipality in the state. If you have questions regarding historic structures or districts, contact the Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission or the Planning Division.
602 West Front Street | 908-755-5831
The Historical Society of Plainfield operates one of the only museum's in the city, The Drake House Museum. During the past nine decades the Historical Society Of Plainfield has been the stalwart steward of the museum, amassing a collection of artifacts, furnishings and paintings, from the Colonial and Victorian Periods, related to the City of Plainfield. The museum receives thousands of visitors annually and offers educational programs to the children of Plainfield and surrounding communities.
325 Watchung Avenue | 908-753-3064
The municipal court sees cases related to violations of municipal ordinance, motor vehicle and traffic laws, disorderly persons offenses and fish and game laws.
510 Watchung Avenue | 908-753-3097
The city's Parks and Recreation Division operates various events, sports and activities for all ages throughout the year. The Division also opens and closes the city's three swimming pools. Check the Division's website for more information on upcoming events.
127 West Fourth Street | 908-753-3200
Downtown Plainfield has a total of 244 metered spaces, 785 permitted spaces and 15 handicap spaces. Most metered parking downtown consists of 2 hour parking M-F 8am-6pm. Parking in a metered space costs 25 cents per half hour. Monthly lot spaces are available for 35 dollars from the City's Parking Bureau.
510 Watchung Avenue | 908-753-3519
Plainfield Action Services, or PAS, is the city's anti-poverty office that offers services to low-income families, including prescription assistance, utility assistance, eviction assistance, and food assistance. The Mayor's Task Force on Youth is an annual summer youth employment program operated by the agency for well over 100 youth in Plainfield.
The Plainfield Public School District is a K-12 district that operates a public high school, 2 middle schools, and 10 elementary schools. Most students who live Downtown are zoned to Stillman Elementary School and Barlow Elementary School. | 1200 Myrtle Avenue | 908-731-4200
200 East Fourth Street | 908-753-3131
Call the Plainfield Police if you have information on a possible crime or potential crime. If you need emergency service, dial 911.
800 Park Avenue | 908-757-1111
The award-winning Plainfield Public Library serves Plainfield residents, educational and business communities through a central 45,000sf facility. The library also serves residents of many neighboring towns through inter-local agreements. The library houses approximately 310,000 volumes, including 150,000 special collection items, and employs a full-time staff of 28 and 125 volunteers. The amazing "Reading Rainforest" children's reading room, huge indoor fountain, large meeting rooms, helpful staff and expansive collection makes this place magical and an incredible resource for Plainfield residents.
400 East Front Street | 908-753-3506
The Senior Citizens Center provides services and assistance to seniors to help them live self-sufficient lives. The center also offers socialization, transportation, and recreational activities for Plainfield's 55+ population.
515 Watching Avenue | 908-753-3203
The city's Tax Assessor carries out assessments on properties throughout the city to determine the appropriate property taxes. Duties include processing deeds; maintaining and updating property records; working in conjunction with the Planning Office to maintain the tax maps; and processing applications for exemptions and deductions which includes senior citizens, disabled persons, veterans, 100% disabled veterans and qualified exempt organizations.
515 Watching Avenue | 908-753-3603
The city's Zoning Office is responsible for issuance of permits for signs and changes of tenancy for new commercial establishments. The Zoning Officer enforces the city's Land Use Ordinance and Master Plan in order to bring properties up to code, and keep Plainfield safe and attractive.
320 Park Avenue | 908-226-2513
The Business One Stop Service, or B.O.S.S. is a business incubator for Plainfield-area businesses and offers them support for continual growth, development, and profitability.
200 West Second Street | 908-791-7000
Union County administers the Division of Social Services on behalf of the State of New Jersey. The Social Service offices, located at the Park-Madison Complex, provides Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), general assistance, food stamps, emergency assistance, family care, nursing home care, medical assistance, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) and Child Support Services.
1200 Randolph Road | 908-668-2000
The closest hospital facility is the new Muhlenberg Satellite Emergency Department, ran by JFK Medical Center. The emergency room offers 24/7 care, a mobile ICU, and a Diabetes Center.
1700 Myrtle Avenue | 908-753-6401
Provides medical services to the community, including the adult medicine, adolescent medicine, pediatrics, school-based services, obstetrics and gynecology, family planning, dentistry, health education, social services, and after-hour care.
644 West Fourth Street | 908-757-7100
A lifeline for families in Plainfield and a major resource in the city for all, The Neighborhood House has been around for over 78 years and provides childcare, stability and personal development for children. The Neighborhood House has an infant and toddler program, preschool, summer camp and after school program.
NJ Transit provides bus and train service throughout Plainfield. NJ Transit operates two historic train stations and over 7 bus routes in Plainfield. Plan your next adventure and use mass transit.
Call transit police if you see suspicious activity or have a crime to report involving a NJ Transit bus, train, or their respective stations.
200 West Front Street | 908-757-9090
Offers workforce investment and development initiatives, education, and economic development services for job seekers, incumbent workers, and employers.
201 Watchung Avenue | 908-226-5256
The Plainfield Post Office is a historic structure and the main post office in the city. It is also an anchor in the North Avenue Historic District.
615 Watchung Avenue | 908-756-2595
The Salvation army offers food, housing emergency assistance, programs and services to strengthen at-risk children and families in crisis. The Salvation Army accepts donations and volunteers.
1000 South Avenue | 908-756-1088
The Special Improvement District, or SID, conducts a number of special events every year, including car shows, a block party, horse-and-wagon rides and sidewalk sales. The SID also publishes a periodic magazine, and removes graffiti from commercial buildings.
232 East Second Street | 908-412-3550
Union County College has four locations, including one here in Downtown Plainfield. Take a course to forward your education and job skills at a leading county college in the state, and right in your backyard. The Plainfield campus holds many courses for medical career tracks, including the premier EMT and paramedic training site in the county.
518 Watchung Avenue | 908-756-6060
Plainfield's historic YMCA has served the city for over 140 years and features a full court indoor gym, 4-lane heated indoor pool, indoor track, wellness center, and fitness classes. Annual Memberships start at 50 dollars per year for youth, 80 dollars for teens, and 42 dollars per month for adults.
232 East Front Street | 908-756-3500
Housed in a building constructed in 1925, the YWCA is a historic resource in our city that offers childcare to 150 children between their childcare center, after school program, and summer camp operations. They also offer a fitness center and career center.
73 Rock Avenue | 800-226-2278
The primary cable and internet provider for Plainfield.
127 Roosevelt Avenue | 908-226-2518
Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, or PMUA, is the main utility provider for sewage, garbage, and recycling. Also, if you notice illegal dumping, contact the PMUA to investigate.
120 West Seventh Street | 800-553-PSEG (7734)
The provider for electric and gas service for Plainfield.
Major internet and cable provider.