This is an excellent question. There are no city ordinances preventing the installation of window screens in Jersey City. There are, however, bylaws for individual condominium associations. While rare, I have seen bylaws prohibiting window screens because the condominium seeks to maintain a uniform look.
Your real estate agent should be able to confirm this information for you rather easily. If you don't have an agent yet, I'd be more than happy to assist you.
Hope this helps, and best of luck!
Joseph A Del Forno, Inc.
I believe several of the newer high-rise buildings in downtown Jersey City (Trump Plaza, 77 Hudson, Crystal Point) do not allow screens for several reasons.
1. If a screen accidentally fell out of one of the windows from 40+ stories up, it could hurt someone. I've seen screen fall out of condo buildings that are 6 stories tall. This may be the reason the City is not allowing it.
2. The architects may have opted against it for style & design purposes.
If there is a restriction in a building, it should state it in the master deed & bi-laws of the condo association.
Even if you put them in yourself, I think you may run into an issue with the condo association because many buildings wants the windows to appear uniform throughout.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I'll be happy to assist.
Walter J. Burns
201-653-8488 Ext: 230
(1) Any city regulations. I've never heard of any city regulations banning window screens, but they could exist somewhere. Next time an agent says it's against city regulations, ask the agent to cite the specific regulations.
(2) Condo regulations. This is far more likely to be a barrier to window screen installation. Check the condo documents and see if they either explicitly permit or explicitly ban window screens. I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice. However, if they either permit screens or are silent on that issue, you should be OK in installing them. If they forbid window screens, then you can't install them without getting the condo regulations changed.
Your concern about bugs flying into your apartment is legitimate. So, first try to pin down whether, for some reason, the city doesn't allow them. Again, ask any agent claiming that to cite you the specific city regulation. (It's possible there is one, but I really doubt it.) Beyond that, check the condo regulations.
Hope that helps.