Doing Business On the Avenue

Thank you for your interest in doing business on Springfield Avenue. The Springfield Avenue Partnership is here to simplify  the process of buying and leasing property, to help you understand the Township Design Ordinance as it applies to Springfield Avenue and to guide you to the appropriate Township of Maplewood departments for your necessary permits. Read below for a brief overview of the Design Ordinance and review process for Springfield Avenue.

There is an assortment of properties available to meet a variety of business needs. Check our Available Properties Page for a look at what’s currently for sale or lease.

An Introduction to the Design Ordinance for Springfield Avenue

These standards apply only to properties located within the Springfield Avenue Special Improvement District. If you are wondering if your property or business is included in the District, contact the Township of Maplewood Tax Assessor’s Office at 973-762-8120 or the Springfield Avenue Partnership at 973-763-6011.

Documents and Information

The term “design standards” for Springfield Avenue includes the requirements of the township ordinance and the existing municipal codes as the pertain to any physical changes made to a property or structure including, but not limited to, the following: site work, new construction, additions, alterations, exterior restorations, cleaning, lighting, new or replacement signage, painting street furniture and landscaping.

The design standards are recorded in Township Ordinance #2205-03. This ordinance consists of additions to and revisions of the existing zoning ordinance and property maintenance codes, which remain in effect where the design standards are silent. Information on permits, the existing zoning ordinance and Township codes are available from the Township of Maplewood Building Department at the Maplewood Municipal Building (973-762-8120).

For additional information on the design standards and design review process, contact the Springfield Avenue Partnership at 973-763-6011.

Click on the link in the column to the right or below to download a copy of the Design Standards Ordinance.

When do the Standards Apply?

The design standards apply to all exterior work done within the District. This includes all renovations, new construction and repairs, such as painting, replacing or installing a new sign or awning, putting up a banker, installing permanent window graphics, making changes to doors or windows, and installing fencing, landscaping or street furniture. All such work must be reviewed and approved by the Partnership before a building permit is issued or work is begun. Exterior work within the district that requires no building permit or approval by the planning board or zoning board of adjustment must still be approved by the Partnership.

Click to download a PDF copy of the Design Ordinance

Design Review Committee Meeting: Meetings are held as needed to review current applications. Call the Springfield Avenue Partnership office at 973-763-6011 for information.

Click to download a PDF copy of the Design Review Application

Facade Grants

For Information on Façade Grants for qualified business owners please contact Julie Doran at 973-763-6011.


Business ResourceS

Township of Maplewood

Building and Permits

Application for Zoning Review

Health Department

Department of Public Works

Small Business Assistance

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce

Maplewood Memorial Library

Essex Co Office of Small Business & Affirmative Action


Signage, Architects, Marketing

Springfield Avenue Partnership is a resource for local businesses and is always happy to work with you and recommend partners that would be a strong fit for your next business need. Contact Us.

Local Media

The Village Green


Matters Magazine

News Record

Partner Business Improvement Districts

Maplewood Village Alliance

South Orange Village Center Alliance


Springfield Avenue Design Ordinance

Design Review Application

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