According to Bayonne’s municipal codes, when heat is supplied in dwellings of two units or more, or in places of employment, and there is no written agreement to the contrary, heat of a temperature not less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit must be supplied 24 hours a day. These rules apply between October 1 and April 30 regardless of the outside temperature. The new round-the-clock requirement for 68 degrees replaces the previous city regulations, which called for 70 degrees from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and 66 degrees from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Hot water must be provided at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to all residences and rooming houses when there is no written agreement to the contrary.
Enforcement of property maintenance and code enforcement is the responsibility of the Department of Municipal Services, which is headed by Robert Wondoloski. Anyone with complaints about the lack of heat or hot water should call the special code complaint hotline at 201-858-6057. During workdays, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the main Health Division line is also available at 201-858-6100. Michael Mulcahy, the Property Maintenance Code Official, can be reached at 201-858-6132 during regular business hours.
The City of Bayonne has regulations about heat and hot water, in order to provide for the health and comfort of the city’s residents and workers. The regulations are intended to prevent people from freezing in their dwellings and workplaces during the cold weather. The City of Bayonne also requires that hot water be available for sanitary reasons throughout the year. The only exceptions allowed are cases in which written agreements exist to vary from the legal requirements. The City of Bayonne has the authority to enforce the regulations. Property owners and employers who violate the regulations are subject to fines. Mayor Davis urged all of those responsible for residences and workplaces to ensure that they are in compliance with all relevant regulations.