Is your town protected by a safe crane ordinance?


In the wake of crane accidents that have occurred over the past few years, many municipalities are recognizing the need to preserve safety and prevent damage to residential, commercial and public property by adopting a standard that governs crane operations within their borders.

At present, contractors do not have to inform a municipality that a crane is being used, unless the right-of-way is being obstructed or a police officer is needed for traffic control. This lack of oversight means that authorities only become aware of dangerous jobsite conditions after an accident, where there has been property damage, or worse: personal injury or fatality.


At a minimum, a Safe Crane Ordinance should require:

  • A permit to bring a crane into a municipality
  • An operator with a valid New Jersey Crane Operator’s License, NCCCO certification and an NJ DOT Medical Examiners Certificate
  • An up-to-date crane inspection certification
  • Proof of an adequate level of insurance



NJ municipalities with a Crane Safety Ordinance:

  • East Orange
  • West New York
  • Cliffside Park
  • Little Ferry
  • Deptford
  • Hoboken
  • Passaic
  • Belleville
  • Monroe Twp. (Gloucester)
  • Gloucester Twp.
  • Guttenberg
  • Palisade Park
  • Kearny
  • North Arlington
  • Merchantville
  • Linden
  • Saddle Brook
  • Woodland Park
  • Hudson County
  • Bergen County
  • Edison