Frequently Asked Questions for Business

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  • Clerk's Office

    • Are the Somerset County voting machines suitable for handicapped individuals?

    • As a poll worker, what time do I have to report for work on Election Day?

    • As a poll worker, will I get a lunch and/or dinner break?

    • Can a voter application be mailed to my residence?

    • Can I register my child to vote who is attending college?

    • Do I have to be trained to be a poll worker?

    • Do I need to bring ID with me to register to vote?

    • How are recorded votes stored?

    • How are the voting machines tested?

    • How can I find my polling location?

    • How can I register to vote?

    • How do I become a poll worker?

    • How do I change or declare a political party affiliation?

    • How long are the polls open for voting on Election Day?

    • If I do not include the appropriate ID with my mailed in voter registration, will I still be able to vote?

    • In the event of a power outage can the voting machines still operate?

    • What do I do if I’ve been assigned to work a poll but something comes up last minute that prohibits me from working?

    • What is the jurisdiction of the Local Finance Board?

    • What type of voting machine is used in Somerset County?

    • When voting, can I write in a candidate not shown on the ballot?

    • When voting, how can I confirm the selection I made on the voting machine?

  • Construction

    • How long does it take for a construction permit to be approved?

    • How much will my construction permit cost?

    • How will I know when my construction permit is ready?

    • I’m buying a home or business. Is there anything needed from the Building Department?

    • Must I use a contractor for work done at my house?

    • Uniform Construction Code Changes

    • What are the requirements for a Certificate of Occupancy?

    • What happens if I get caught working without a construction permit?

    • What inspections do I need for my construction project?

    • What method of payment can I use when picking up my construction permit?

    • When do I need a construction permit?

    • When I schedule a construction inspection can I get an appointment time?

  • Engineering

    • How do I obtain a stormwater management permit?

    • How much is the stormwater management permit fee?

    • Is the stormwater maintenance permit issued one time?

    • What are the penalties/repercussions for non-compliance?

    • What is a stormwater maintenance permit?

    • What is a stormwater maintenance plan?

    • What is a stormwater management plan?

    • What is required by the program and the Township?

    • What is the Stormwater Maintenance Program?

    • What mandates the Stormwater Maintenance Program?

    • When is the maintenance performed?

    • Who can I contact for further information and details about stormwater management?

    • Who can perform the maintenance?

    • Who enforces the program?

  • Police

    • Are the officers in the Franklin Police Department rained to perform and seek necessary medical action after using excessive force?

    • Are the officers in the Franklin Police Department required to exhaust every other possible option before using excessive force?

    • Are the officers in the Franklin Police Department required to give a verbal warning to civilians before drawing their weapon or using excessive force?

    • Are the officers in the Franklin Police Department required to report each time they threaten to or use force on civilians?

    • Are the officers in the Franklin Police Department thoroughly vetted to ensure that they do not have a history with abuse, racism, xenophobia, homophobia/ transphobia, or discrimination?

    • Are the Police encroaching on our privacy with the Stronger Together Program?

    • Are the police officers in the Franklin Police Department being trained to de-escalate altercations by using peaceful conflict resolution strategies?

    • Are the police officers in the Franklin Police Department forbidden from shooting at moving vehicles?

    • Are the police officers in the Franklin Police Department forbidden from using carotid restraints (chokeholds, strangleholds, etc.) and hog-tying methods? Furthermore, are they forbidden from transporting civilians in uncomfortable positions, such as face down in a vehicle?

    • Are the police officers in the Franklin Police Department required to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force? Will officers be reprimanded if they fail to intervene?

    • Are you asking us to do the job of the police with the Stronger Together Program?

    • Do I have to be a United States citizen to apply for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • Do the Police "Take Over" or have access to the monitoring for the Stronger Together Program?

    • How do I apply for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • How will I share the footage from my system with the police for the Stronger Together Program?

    • I am a private detective and would like to carry a handgun. What is the process?

    • I am a retired law enforcement officer and am interested in applying for a Retired Law Enforcement Permit to Carry a Handgun? How do I apply?

    • I am seeking employment with a non law enforcement agency or employer that requires me to obtain a New Jersey Firearms Carry Permit for work. How do I apply for a New Jersey Firearms Carry Permit?

    • I have a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card issued by another jurisdiction other than Franklin Township (Somerset County). Am I required to get fingerprinted?

    • I have been involved in a motor vehicle crash in Franklin Township. What should I do?

    • I recently received my New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and would like to purchase a handgun from friend and/or acquaintance. Do I need a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • Is it easy to enroll int he Stronger Together Program?

    • Is there a clear and enforced use-of-force continuum that details what weapons and force are acceptable in a wide variety of civilian-police interactions?

    • Is there an early intervention system enforced to correct officers who use excessive force? Additionally, how many complaints does an officer have to receive before they are reprimanded? Before they are terminated? More than three complaints are unacceptable.

    • My Permit to Purchase a Handgun is about to expire. Can it be renewed?

    • My relative is deceased and I have inherited his firearms. Am I required to obtain a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun to take possession of them?

    • Once I submit my application for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Permit to Purchase a Handgun, how long will the process take?

    • What can I do, as a concerned citizen?

    • What can I expect after I register with the Stronger Together Program?

    • What is the cost for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • What is the fingerprint fee required for a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?

    • Why do I need a decal for the Stronger Together Program?

    • Why do the police want the Stronger Together Program?

    • Will anyone be able to see the database for the Stronger Together Program?

    • Will I be contacted a lot because of this Stronger Together Program?

  • Public Works & Water Utlity

    • I have a question about my drinking water, who should I call?

    • My water bill shows an unusual high usage, what should I do?

    • What do I do when I receive a door tag from the Water Utility?

    • What is a curb stops? How should I protect them?

    • What should I do when a Boiling Water Advisory is issued?

    • What should I do when Franklin Township Water Utility staff requests to enter my residence?

    • What should I do when I receive a door tag from Franklin Township Water Utility?

    • What should I do when the Boiling Water Advisory is removed?

    • Where does my drinking water come from? What is the source of my drinking water?

    • Who owns the water meter?

    • Who should I call when I have a water emergency outside of your office hour?

    • Why did I receive a notice from Franklin Township Water Department indicating the replacement of my water meter?

    • Why do I smell sewage in my drinking water?

  • Purchasing

    • What can the Township do to address the lack of competition in cable television providers?