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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 

 

Responsible
Department

 

Q. 911 - When should I call 9 1 1?

Police

 

 

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You should call 9 1 1 when there is an emergency, lives are in danger, serious injury, serious medical condition, crime in progress or any other situation needing immediate attention.

 

Q. 911 - Do I have to give my name when I call 9 1 1?

Police

 

 

A.

If you wish to remain anonymous or keep information confidential, just tell the dispatcher.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Additions to Home - We are contemplating an addition to our home, how large can it be without a variance or public hearing being required?

Engineering

 

 

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By reviewing the property’s zone designation, identified on the Chatham Borough Zoning Map, and understanding the bulk requirements relating to the property’s zone along with consideration given to any construction code, fire code or special restrictions, a rough calculation regarding addition size without a variance can be obtained. Scheduling a meeting with the Zoning Code Official will confirm dimensions and process.

 

Q. Animal Licensing - How do I license my dog or cat?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

Click here .

 

Q. Animal Licensing - What is the cost to license my pet?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

Click here .

 

Q. Animal Licensing - When must I renew my pet license?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

Click here .

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Background Check for Volunteers - Where can I find information on how to get a Background Check to volunteer to coach and/ or assist with my child’s activity?

 

Recreation

 

 

A.

Please click here – on the sidebar it notes Fingerprint/Background Checks. This will give you the information needed as a first time coach as well as a renewal process to follow.

 

 

 

Q. Basement Flooding – If my basement floods who can I call?

Fire Department

 

 

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You have two options, you can call your own water remediation company or you can call the Chatham Fire Department – non emergency dispatch at 973-635-8000 if your condition meets the following criteria;

            1. Is deeper than 8 inches

             2. Is about to threaten utilities in the building

 

Q. Block Party – My neighborhood would like to hold a block party, how do I obtain the permit?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Click here . Once the form is completed, it should be returned to the Clerk or Police Department. Please allow for a two week approval lead time as various departments approve the permit.

 

Q. Board of Health Permits - When is a Health Department Permit necessary?

Zoning

 

 

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Chatham Borough’s Health Department is a Shared Service with the Borough of Madison. If you are handling food in any way, or even selling prepackaged food, you must file for a Food License.  Please contact the Chatham Board of Health at 973-635-0674 x231.  The Health Department is located at 28 Walnut Street.

 

 

Q. Business Opening - How do I open a business in Chatham? 

Zoning

 

 

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Talk with Vincent J. DeNave, Zoning Code Official, 973-701-6834, regarding use, change of use and business related information.  The town has zoning regulations that regulate the type of business that can open in a particular location. A Zoning Permit Application is required.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement - Where should our Carbon Monoxide Detector be placed?

Fire Department

 

 

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors are to be located in every separate sleeping area per NFPA 720 and manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

 

Q. Cares & Shares - Is this a volunteer group where neighbors help neighbors?

Cares & Shares

 

 

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Yes. The Cares & Shares Mission: Cares & Shares is committed to temporarily alleviating financial hardship in Chatham Borough through the power of local support: providing material and financial assistance; bringing residents together with organizations and opportunities that help improve the quality of life; all while preserving the dignity and confidentiality of those served.

 

 

Q. CERT - What is CERT and how can I sign up?

OEM

 

 

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CERT is the Community Emergency Response Team.  It is part of the Citizen Corp Programs.  The CERT Program provides training to citizens in emergency preparedness and in basic response techniques thus enabling them to take a more active role in personal and public safety. Citizens will learn about the hazards they face in their community. Then after training is completed, they will use their training as part of a family, neighborhood or workplace team to help others when professional responders are overwhelmed and not immediately available.

For additional information, please contact Bill Nauta, Emergency Management Coordinator at bnauta@chathamborough.org

 

Q.   Certificate of Continues Occupancy - Do I need a Certificate of Continued Occupancy when I sell or rent a commercial or residential property?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Yes with any change of occupant a Certificate of Continued Occupancy must be obtained. The form can be obtained from the Borough Clerk’s Office, Borough Administrator Office or the Borough web site. Once completed and the fee paid ($50.00 Single Family, $40.00 Rental, $65.00 Commercial) an inspection will be performed and a certificate issued.

 

 

Q. Community Pass - What is Community Pass?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Community Pass is an online registration system used for some recreation programs and for the municipal pool.

 

 

Q. Construction & Building Permits- I am planning on doing construction at my property. Do I need permits?

Building Construction Madison

 

 

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Most major construction at your property requires a permit.  The Chatham Borough Construction Department is a shared service with the Borough of Madison.  All permits should be applied for in Madison, 50 Kings Road, Madison, NJ; second floor right wing of the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building.  The Construction Code Official and/or his assistant can assist you with the application process: 973-593-3064 or Chatham_Madison@rosenet.org .

 

 

Q. Council Meetings Broadcast – I can’t always attend Borough Council Meetings. How can I view past Borough Council Meetings?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Live and rebroadcast of Borough Council meetings can be viewed on Cablevision Channel 21 and Verizon Channel 32.  For adopted meeting minutes, ordinances and the Borough Code, click here .

 

Q. Crossing Guards - How do I become a part-time crossing guard?

Police

 

 

A.

You may call 973-701-6827 and speak with the Traffic Safety Officer who will provide you with our application and instruct you on the process.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Detectors - Where should Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors be located?

Fire Department

 

 

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Detectors are to be located on every level of a residence, (basement, first floor, second floor) excluding crawl spaces and unfinished attics, and in every separate sleeping area, between sleeping areas and living areas such as the kitchen, garage, basement or utility room. In homes with only one sleeping area on one floor, a detector is to be placed in the hallway outside the bedrooms in single floor homes with two separate sleeping areas, two detectors should be placed outside each sleeping area.

In multi-level homes, detectors are to be located outside sleeping areas and at every finished level of the home.  Basement level detectors are to be located in close proximally to the bottom of basement stairwells.

 

Q. Detectors – Where should Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors NOT be located?

Fire Department

 

 

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To avoid false alarms and/or improper operation, avoid installation of smoke detectors in the following areas:

  • Kitchens-smoke from cooking may cause a nuisance alarm.
  • Bathrooms-excessive steam from a shower may cause a nuisance alarm.
  • Near forced air ducts-used for heating or air conditioning-air movement may prevent smoke from reaching detector.
  • Near furnaces of any type-air and dust movement and normal combustion products may cause a nuisance alarm.
  • The 4 inch “Dead Air” space where the ceiling meets the wall. The peak of an “A” frame type of ceiling “Dead Air” at the top may prevent smoke from reaching detector.

 

Q. Driver’s License - Where can I find out about the new regulations regarding New Jersey’s graduated driver’s license program?

Police

 

 

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You can find out the answer to this question at the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, under the Graduated Driver’s License section.  The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission web site also has information regarding vehicle registration and inspections .

 

Q:  Driveways - Is a permit required for a driveway?

Engineering

 

 

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All proposed driveway changes are regulated by the Land Disturbance Ordinance (165-92) .  Application for permit is required only when the driveway does not comply with Ordinance requirements, in which case a variance and plan review will be necessary at the Zoning Board of Adjustment at a public hearing.  Application for modifications to Right-of-Way may also be required at the Engineering Office, where sidewalk, curb, pavement or excavation takes place within the road Right-of-Way.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Emergency Notifications - How do I sign up for emergency notifications from Chatham Borough?

OEM

 

 

A.

Click here .

 

Q. Employee Business Parking- Where should my business employee’s park?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

Please speak with the Parking Utility Clerk for employee parking permits if your location does not have onsite parking.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Facility Use - How can I reserve a field, facility or picnic area owned by Chatham Borough?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Facility reservation forms, for Chatham Borough facilities, is available weekdays in the Recreation office or by calling 973-635-7066.

 

 

Q. Farmers Market – What is the Farmers’ Market Mission focus on?

Farmers’ Market

 

 

A.

The Chatham Borough Farmer’s Market (CBFM) was founded in 2007, and offers conventionally and organically grown Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables to the local community and its neighbors.

 

 

Q. Farmers Market – In what ways does the Farmers’ Market benefit the Community, the consumer, and the environment?

Farmers’ Market

 

 

A.

The community benefits by drawing residents and visitors to the downtown area, boosting the local economy and by providing a venue for local groups, businesses, and non-profit organizations to interact with citizenry, strengthening community spirit through the market place.

The CBFM benefits the consumer by offering locally harvested fresh fruits, vegetables and locally sourced meats and dairy that is naturally more flavorful and nutritious and by bringing Jersey sourced prepared food and farm related products, providing greater choices for healthful living.

By reducing the food miles between field and table, lowering carbon emissions and featuring organic produce, reducing the amount of pesticides and fertilizers entering waterways and improving many fragile ecosystems, the CBFM is a benefit to the environment. By supporting New Jersey farmers, preserving open and productive farmland the CBFM is keeping the garden in The Garden State.

 

 

Q. Farmers’ Market – Where is the Farmers’ Market located?

Farmers’ Market

 

 

A.

The CBFM is located at the Railroad Plaza South parking lot off Fairmount Avenue at the Chatham Borough Train Station.

 

 

Q. Farmers’ Market – When does the Farmers’ Market operate?

Farmers’ Market

 

 

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The CBFM is open 8:00am – 1:00pm Saturdays, starting the 3 rd Saturday in June and ending the Saturday before Thanksgiving in November.

 

 

Q. Farmers’ Market – What does Farmers’ Market Certification mean to consumers?

Farmers’ Market

 

 

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As a certified member of the New Jersey Council of Farmers and Communities, NJCFC, through an inspection process, consumers are guaranteed the produce they purchase at the Market was grown by a New Jersey farmer and not sold by a produce broker. Produce sold at CBFM is source certified consumer confident.

 

 

Q. Farmers’ Market – At what levels are Market Volunteers accepted?

Farmers’ Market

 

 

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Each week we need help from volunteers staffing the CBFM Market Information Booth, coordinating children’s activities (like face painting), cleaning the grounds of trash and recyclables, taking photos of market happenings, assisting with setup and breakdown and helping vendors.  We need on-going help with marketing, event planning, website assistance, and music and vendor recruitment.  Please fill out a Chatham Borough Boards and Commissions and Committees application available here or at the Office of Administration, upper level - indicating skill set and preferences for helping.  You can also stop by the CBFM Market Booth on Saturday and sign up for a volunteer opportunity at upcoming markets. The Junior Volunteer League accepts Chatham Borough Youth with the sponsorship of an adult volunteer member.

 

 

Q. Farmers’ Market Vendors – What is the process to become a vendor at the Market?

Farmers’ Market

 

 

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Contact the Market Manager at 973-635-0674 x 200 or farmersmarket@cathamborough.org ; for a copy of the rules and regulations, vendor selection, and allow products.

 

 

Q. Fence - Is a permit required for a fence?

Engineering

 

 

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All permanent fences are regulated by the Fences and Sight Triangles Ordinance (165-77) and application for permit is always necessary.  When the fence does not comply with Ordinance requirements, a variance and plan review will be necessary at the Zoning Board of Adjustment at a public hearing.

 

 

Q. Fingerprints - How do I arrange to get fingerprinted for a NJ Criminal History Records check?

Police

 

 

A.

The New Jersey State Police have contracted a company called MorphoTrak to run a live scan fingerprinting program.  For more information you can go to: The State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety .

 

Q. Fire Extinguisher - What type of fire extinguisher should I have in my home?

Fire Department

 

 

A.

An ABC fire extinguisher will be effective on all types of home fires if used with proper knowledge. For residential use no more than a 5lb fire extinguisher is necessary. NJ 07040

 

 

Q. Fire Report - How can I obtain a copy of a fire report for my home or business?

Fire Department

 

 

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You can request a copy of a fire report following an incident by going to Chatham Borough Municipal Clerk’s Office during normal business hours or sending an email request to the Clerk at cbaldwin@chathamborough.org .

 

 

Q: Fire Safety Bureau vs. Fire Department - What is the difference between the Fire Safety Bureau and the Fire Department?

Fire Department

 

 

A.

The Fire Department suppresses the fire. The Fire Safety Bureau then conducts an Origin and Cause Investigation. The Fire Safety Bureau is empowered by Borough Ordinance to enforce the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. The Fire Safety Bureau ensures a minimum level of safety in all public and commercial buildings.

 

 

Q. Firearms - What are the procedures for firearms?

Police

 

 

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All persons who wish to purchase and own firearms in the State of New Jersey must complete an application process which consists of a thorough background check and the submission of fingerprints.  The first document that needs to be obtained is a Firearms Purchaser Identification card.  This document, which can be obtained by persons 18 years of age or older, allows the person to purchase long-guns, rifles and shotguns.  For those persons wishing to purchase handguns, they are required to obtain a Handgun Permit.  Each handgun permit is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance and is valid for the purchase of one handgun.  You must be 21 years of age or older to apply for a handgun permit.

It is important to note that all applications must be filled out completely and correctly and the information that is provided must be true and accurate.  Persons who have been arrested or issued a summons in the past are not automatically disqualified from gun ownership but they should contact the police department with any specific questions prior to starting the application process.  Any specific questions can be directed to the Firearms Unit of the Chatham Borough Police Department at (973)635-8553 or additional information can be found at The State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety .

First time applicants – Firearms Purchase Identification Card and Handgun Permits

Go to the New Jersey State Police website to the Firearms Information section.  From the drop-down menu, select “Forms to Download” and then select “Firearms”.

Select form titled – Consent for Mental Health Records (SP66) – and complete Part 1.  Print this form but DO NOT SIGN.  You will sign all forms once they have been reviewed at the Police Department.

Select the form titled -Consent for Firearms Purchaser Identification Card/Application to Purchase a Handgun.  Complete all required fields on this report and print TWO copies.  Again, DO NOT SIGN until it has been reviewed at the Police Department

On this form, you can apply for both the Firearms Identification Card and the number of Handgun Permits you require.  Please indicate the number of Handgun Permits requested in the space provided at the top right of the form.

Once all paperwork has been completed, please call the Firearms Unit at (973)635-8553 to schedule an appointment to continue the process.  During your appointment, your paperwork will be reviewed and you will be asked to provide photo identification showing your current address.  You will be required to pay a $5.00 fee which covers the cost of the background check and provides for the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card.  Each Handgun Permit requested costs an additional $2.00.  All fees owed can be combined in one check made payable to “Borough of Chatham”.

Upon review of your applications, you will be provided with instruction for getting fingerprinted.

 

Q. Fund Raising Event – My organization is thinking of having a fundraiser, i.e. bike race, walk-a-thon or parade. What do I need to do?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Submit your request for a fundraiser in writing with contact information, and supporting material about your organization directly to the Clerk for consideration by the Borough Council.  The Borough Council must approve all fundraisers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Government Records - How can I examine or request copies of government records?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

The State of New Jersey enacted the Open Public Records Act N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, commonly referred as OPRA, which allows access to records deemed to be Government Records. The Municipal Clerk is the official custodian of government records in Chatham Borough. A request for access to a government record must be in writing and hand-delivered, mailed or e-mailed to the Clerk’s office (requests cannot be made by telephone or fax). Requests should be made on our official OPRA form found here , however, a written request will not be denied solely because the request is not on the proper form. Written requests that are not on the form must mention the request is made under OPRA.  Submit your OPRA request electronically to clerk@chathamborough.org for prompt attention and processing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Hydrants - Should I clean snow around the fire hydrant on my property when it snows?

Fire Department

 

 

A.

Yes, the Fire Department and your neighbors would greatly appreciate you adopting that fire hydrant and clearing a 3-foot path.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Inspection - Can the Fire Safety Bureau inspect my home for possible fire hazards?

Fire Safety

 

 

A.

Yes, the Fire Safety Bureau can inspect a home for possible hazards, as well as help you work on an evacuation plan. For more information, please call the Fire Safety Bureau at (973) 701-6815 or email:  firesafety@chathamborough.org

 

Q. Inspections for Building & Construction- How do I schedule an inspection for completed Building and Construction Permits i.e. building, fire, electric, plumbing?

Building Construction Madison

 

 

A.

To schedule inspections, call (973) 593-3064 - Please do not leave inspection requests on voice mail.

 

Q. Inspections for Building and Construction – When are these inspections preformed?

Building Construction Madison

 

 

A.

Inspections are performed Monday through Friday.

 

Q. Inspections - What types of Building & Construction Work need inspections?

Building Construction Madison

 

 

A.

Click here .

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Madison Borough Building Construction - Where is the Construction Office for Chatham Borough located?

Building Construction 
Madison

 

 

A.

Click here .

 

 

Q. Mayor & Borough Council Correspondence- How can I get in touch with the Mayor & Council?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Chatham’s Mayor and Borough Council Members are volunteers and usually have a full-time occupation.  Contacting information for Chatham’s Mayor and Borough Council Members can be found here .

 

Q. Mulch Site – What are the operating days and hours?

Public Works

 

 

A.

The mulch area opens the third week of March and closes the second week of December. Operating hours for Wednesdays – 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Operating hours for Saturdays – 12:00 to 4:00pm. The site opens Monday through Friday in the fall to serve landscapers and residents who wish to drop leaves to us. Operating hours in the fall are 8:00am to 11:45am and 1:00pm to 3:45pm. The mulch site is located behind Milton Avenue School.

 

Q. Music Concerts - Do you offer concerts?

 

 

 

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The Chatham Community Band offers concerts. Their website to view upcoming concerts is here .

Recreation

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. New Buildings or Constructions – What are the requirements for new buildings or constructions? 

Building Construction
Madison

 

 

A.

New Buildings or Constructions require prior Zoning Approval in Chatham Borough with the Zoning Code Official PRIOR to submitting Building Construction Plans to the Madison Borough Building Construction Department.

The State of NJ Law permits only the owner of a single-family residence who also resides there or a NJ State Registered Architect or a Licensed Engineer to prepare plans.

  1. All plans for other uses must be prepared by a NJ State Registered Architect or a Licensed Engineer. A business owner cannot prepare plans.
  2. NJ State Licensed electrical & plumbing contractors are permitted to prepare & seal wiring & plumbing riser diagrams for 1 & 2 family dwelling units & Class III structures.

Click here for the permit applications forms .

 

 

Q. Non-owner occupied - What is the definition of non-owner occupied?

Fire Safety

 

 

A.

Simply put, it is a one or two family structure which the owner rents but does not reside in.

 

Q. Notary - Where can I find a Notary for document authorization?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Borough Hall, Clerk’s Office, located at 54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, NJ

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Parking - How do I get permission to park in a permit space at the train station parking lots when no numbered spaces are available?

Police

 

 

A.

After 10:00 a.m. and if permit spaces are still available, you can purchase a daily permit at a cost of $5.00 in the Tax Finance Office located on the middle level or second floor of the Municipal Building.

 

Q. Parking - What happens if I have to stay overnight for a few days out of town and my car is parked in a numbered parking space at the train station?

Police

 

 

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You should call (973)635-8000 extension 256 and leave a message with the space number, the license plate number and state as well as a direct contact phone number.  You may also e-mail the Parking Enforcement Officers at parking@chathampd.org with the information. Next, you should prepare an envelope placing the appropriate payment ($5.00 per day) inside.  You should mark your envelope with your name, space number, phone number and upon returning to Chatham, you should place your envelope in the general mail slot at the Municipal Building located on the side of the building that faces the train station under the police headquarters overhang.

 

 

Q. Parking - Where can I park all day when I work in the downtown area when all of the parking is time limit parking?

Police

 

 

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There are three municipal parking lots which are both time limit and permit parking.  Center Street (east); Center Street (west) and Bowers Lane lot.  Annual parking permits can be purchased for all day parking in the Tax Finance Office located on the middle level, second floor of the Municipal Building.

 

Q. Parking Meters- What is the procedure when the Parking Meters are not functioning properly?

Police

 

 

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Prior to 11:00 a.m. you should call (973)635-8000, extension 256 and leave a message with the nature of the issue, the space number, the license plate number and state as well as a direct contact phone number.  You may also e-mail the Parking Enforcement Officers at parking@chathampd.org.

Next you should prepare an envelope placing the $5.00 payment inside.  On the outside of the envelope you should write your name, space number, phone number, and then seal it.  Upon returning to Chatham, please place the envelope in the general mail slot at the Municipal Building located on the side of the building Police entrance that faces the train station under the police headquarters overhang.

 

 

Q. Parking Permits - Who is eligible for an annual parking permit for the railroad station?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

You must be a resident of Chatham Borough to obtain an annual railroad parking permit.

 

Q. Parking Permits - How do I get an annual parking permit for railroad station parking?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

You must fill out an application which is available from the Utility Clerk in the Finance Department at Borough Hall, and provide proof of residency.

 

Q. Parking Permit - Is there a waiting list for annual railroad parking permits?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

Yes, there is a waiting list which at this time is at least over a year long.

 

Q. Parking Permit - How will I be notified when an annual railroad parking permit is available?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

When your name is next on the waiting list, you will be notified by mail.

 

Q. Parking Permit – What is the cost of a railroad parking permit?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

Railroad parking permit costs can be found here .

 

Q. Parking Permits- How do I obtain an annual parking permit or replace a lost parking hang tag?

Utility Clerk

 

 

A.

Please contact the Chatham Borough Utility Clerk; 973-635-0674 x 214.

 

Q. Police Crime Reporting - What should be done if a crime is witnessed?

Police

 

 

A.

Call 9 1 1 immediately.

Be observant and make mental notes.

Are there any weapons involved?

What is the address?

Any physical characteristics such as height, weight, race, beard or scars?

How many people involved?

Are the persons involved on foot or in a vehicle?

Make a mental note of the license plate number.

 

Q. Police Department - Where is the Chatham Borough Police Department located?

Police

 

 

A.

The police department is located at 54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, New Jersey 07928.

 

Q. Police Report – How do I obtain a copy of a needed police report?

Police

 

 

A.

Reports are available through the Police Records Bureau.  The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  You can reach the Police Records Bureau by calling (973)635-8000 extension 228 or through e-mail at mciccarone@chathampd.org .  A Public Documents Request form must be completed for each report requested and can be picked up at the records bureau or can be obtained here .  

 

 

Q. Police Report Turn Around – How long does it take to get a copy of the police report?

Police

 

 

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The department is required to have a copy of your report ready for you within seven (7) business days from the day you submit your Records Request Form.  If you are requesting a copy of a report that requires an ongoing investigation, you will receive an IVR (Investigation Verification Report).  Reports that require an ongoing investigation are not releasable under OPRA.

 

 

Q.  Pool Membership Applications - Where can I find information on how to join the municipal pool?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Chatham residents can visit the website, under Departments, select Recreation – Pool or click here .  This information is updated annually for the upcoming pool season.  Proof of residency is required.

 

 

Q.  Pool Membership Payments, Types Accepted – Are credit cards accepted for Pool Membership?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Click here .

 

 

Q. Pool Membership Payments without a Credit Card - How can I pay for the pool if I do not have a credit card?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Please call Recreation at 973-635-7066 to register and pay by bank check or cash.

 

 

Q. Pool Non Resident Memberships Availability - Do I have to be a resident of Chatham Borough or Chatham Township to be a member of the Pool?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Yes

 

 

Q. Pool Staff Employment Opportunities – What is the process for applying for lifeguard or other staff position?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Please contact recreation at 973-635-7066 and an application can be emailed to you. They are also available weekdays in the recreation office.

 

 

Q. Pothole repairs in the street?

Public Works

 

 

A.

Borough roadways are maintained by the Department of Public Works. Please call 973-635-5242 or email publicworks@chathamborough.org for assistance.

 

 

Q. Public Notices – How can I find out when meeting notices, ordinance public hearings, public contract bids or public auctions are scheduled?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Public Notices of the Borough of Chatham are published in the Morris county Daily Record, and weekly local paper The Chatham Courier.  You may also find regularly scheduled meeting days for the Chatham Borough Council and various boards, commissions and committees on the Borough Calendar found here . Special Meetings may also be found on the Agenda portion of this website.  Please contact the Clerk’s office at clerk@chathamborough.org for more information about Public Notices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Raffles/Bingo Games – My organization is interested in holding a raffle or bingo game for fundraising purposes.  How can I obtain a license to conduct a bingo or raffle?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

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In In order to hold a bingo or raffle game in Chatham Borough, your non-profit organization must be registered as a “qualified” organization with the state’s Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission (LGCCC) . To register with the state, your organization must submit a completed application accompanied by a non-refundable registration fee of $100.00. Senior citizen clubs and organizations are exempt from the registration fee. The initial registration is good for two years and it can be renewed every two years thereafter for $100.00.

Once your organization is qualified to conduct games of chance under the provisions of state law and is in receipt of an identification number from the LGCCC, it may apply for a bingo or raffles license from the Borough Clerk. Because your application must undergo review by both the Borough and the State, you are advised to submit your application to the clerk at least sixty days prior to your event.

Downloadable application forms.

Have any questions?  Contact the Clerk’s office at clerk@chathamborough.org .

 

 

 

Q. Records from Borough – How do I obtain copies of Borough Records?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Click here . Return forms to the Clerk’s office, and allow up to seven days for the copies requested.

 

Q. Recreation and Clubs Information - How do we learn about programs offered through Chatham Recreation or Chatham Clubs?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Chatham Recreation sends out mass emails through their website and Community Pass. The clubs also send out information regarding their activities. Local newspapers are notified as well as school newsletters. There are links to any Chatham “Club” activities on the chathamrecreation.org website or by clicking here .

 

 

Q. Recreation and Clubs Locations - Where do Chatham Recreation and/or Club programs take place?

 

 

 

A.

Almost all Chatham programs (recreation or club) are held in Chatham. Occasionally outside venues are utilized if particular indoor space/equipment is necessary.

 

 

Q. Recreation and Clubs for Non-Residents - Do I have to be a Chatham resident to register for recreation activities?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Yes you do need to be a Chatham resident.

 

 

Q. Recreation and Clubs Offerings - Where can I find what recreational programs are offered to Chatham residents

Recreation

 

 

A.

Chatham residents can click here for activities other than the pool and tennis. There is a "Quick links" drop down of activities offered by Recreation or a Chatham club.

 

 

Q. Recreation and Clubs Payment - How can I pay for an activity if I do not have a credit card?

Recreation

 

 

A.

If it’s a recreation activity, please call Recreation at 973-635-7066 to register and pay by bank check or cash. If it’s a club activity please contact that club directly.

 

 

Q. Recreation and Clubs Registration - How do I register for those programs and find Community Pass?

 

Recreation

 

 

A.

Click here . Check the program you are looking for. It will note whether registration is through that program link directly or through Chatham Recreation.

If it’s through Chatham Recreation, on the sidebar there is a box for Registration/Community Pass. Community Pass is the recreation online registration system. Those who do not have an account can log on, set up an account and register and pay online.

 

 

Q. Recycle collection? Who do I call for a missed collection or for general information?

Public Works

 

 

A.

For a missed collection call MUA 973-659-3490 or email recycling@MCMUA.com.

For general information call Public Works 973-635-5242 or email publicworks@chathamborough.org.

 

 

Q. Registration - Why do businesses have to register annually with the Fire Safety Bureau?

Fire Safety

 

 

A.

Registrations are required to keep up with changes in tenancy and changes in building use. Fees are collected as per the NJ state fire code.

 

 

Q. Rental Property Registration - Do I need to register rental property with the Borough of Chatham?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

Yes. Any non-owner occupied one or two unit rental property must be registered with the Municipal Clerk’s office. The form may be obtained from the Borough Clerk or the Borough website. Any rental containing more than two units must be registered with the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Bureau of Housing Inspection.

 

 

Q. Reporting a FIRE - How do I report a FIRE?

Fire Department

 

 

A.

In Chatham Borough Call 9-1-1 to report Police, Fire or EMS Emergencies.

 

Q. Roof Drains - Roof drains are being replaced or a sump pump is installed.  Can the drains run off at the ground surface, into the storm sewer, into the road or is a seepage/infiltration chamber required?  Are permits necessary?

Engineering

 

 

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At a local level, some discretion is allowed on small concentrated discharges such as roof drains or sump pumps.  As a rule with new construction, the Borough of Chatham encourages the use of seepage pits to collect and infiltrate roof runoff into the ground in an area hydraulically distant from basement structures (but within a setback area), for which a plan review is generally required by the Engineering Dept.  Concentrated rain water discharges to adjoining property are discouraged, and public storm sewer connections may be available to alleviate concentrated surface water.  Sump pump discharges are strictly prohibited to any part of the sanitary sewer system, sink, shower or other sanitary drains.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Scholarships for Youth Activities – Do they exist?

Cares & Shares

 

 

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Financial assistance may be available based on the information from the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. One program per child per season. Each organization enforces its own policies and should be contacted directly.

 

 

Q. Senior Citizen Activities - Do you offer activities for Senior Citizens?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Chatham has a very active and comprehensive Senior Center. It is located in the Chatham Township Municipal Building at 58 Meyersville Road. Their phone number is 973-635-4565 and their website is here .

 

 

Q. Sewer Blockage - If there was a sewer blockage, what permits are necessary?

Engineering

 

 

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Except in an emergency situation where imminent damages are apparent, and retroactive permit issuance is allowed for documented work with a telephone call, a plumbing permit is required on private property from the Building Department, and application for modifications to Right-of-Way may also be required at the Engineering Office, where sidewalk, curb, pavement or excavation occurs within Right-of-Way.

 

 

Q. Sewer connections: who do I contact?

Public Works

 

 

A.

To set up new service, transfer or disconnect sewer service, please call Utilities Clerk directly at (973-701-6812).

 

 

Q. Sewer emergencies?

Public Works

 

 

A.

During regular business hours, call Public Works at 973-635-5242 between 7:30am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday. After hours, holidays and weekends, call the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000.

 

 

Q. Sewer lines – Who is responsible for the sewer line from my house to the curb?

Public Works

 

 

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The lateral is maintained, replaced and repaired by the home owner (call a private plumbing contractor for trouble shooting). The Borough is only responsible for the Main sewer line located in the roadway.

 

 

Q. Sewer manhole covers in my neighborhood rattle every time a vehicle rolls over them. What can I do about it?

Public Works

 

 

A.

Chatham Borough has manholes that vary in size from 25” to 28” in diameter, which is round and located in the roadway. The covers are normally imprinted on top with “Chatham Sewer.” Occasionally, there may be a separation between the base and the cover of the manhole which causes the cover to rattle when a vehicle rolls over it. To report a rattling manhole, call the Public Works Department at 973-635-5242 or email publicworks@chathamborough.org .

 

 

Q. Sewer odor - What can I do about sewer odor?

Public Works

 

 

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First, try to determine where the odor is coming from (inside the home or outside in the street). If an odor is coming from the inside of the home, there may be a problem with the internal plumbing system. Check your internal system first or contact a plumbing company. If the problem exists outdoors, call the Public Works Department at (973)635-5242 or email publicworks@chathamborough.org .

 

 

Q. Sewer water - Sewer drain water is slowly running through my toilet, showers, and sinks. What can I do about it?

Public Works

 

 

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If your neighbors are not having a problem, it may be isolated to the plumbing system located in your home and you may need to contact a plumbing contractor. If neighbors are having similar issues, there is a chance that there is a problem in the public sewer main located in the street. Please feel free to contact the Department of Public Works for assistance and guidance at 973-635-5242 or email publicworks@chathamborough.org. After hours, call the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000.

 

 

Q. Shade Tree Commission – What purpose does it serve in Chatham Borough?

Shade Tree Commission

 

 

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The Shade Tree Commission of the Borough of Chatham was created in 1909. The Commission’s responsibilities include planting and maintaining trees along Borough streets, public rights-of ways, and municipal open spaces. The goal of the Shade Tree Commission is to create and maintain optimum tree canopy and species diversity while keeping up a pruning and removal program that will keep our streets and parks safe. Information can be found here .

 

 

Q. Shed - Is a permit required for a shed?

Zoning

 

 

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Sheds are regulated by the ordinance and an application for permit is required. Requirements for a shed include less than 80 square feet and four feet from side and rear property lines. All applications exceeding these requirements are sent to the Board of Adjustments.

 

 

Q. Sidewalks - Is a permit required for a sidewalk?

Engineering

 

 

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Sidewalks are regulated by the ordinance, but application for permit is not always necessary.  All permanent sidewalks within the road Right-of-Way require application for modifications to Right-of-Way at the Engineering Office.  For sidewalks within the Borough Right-of-Way, in front of residential homes or within the Downtown Streetscape area, the responsibility is that of the Borough.

 

Q. Sidewalk Dining for Food Establishments – Are Permits required for sidewalk dining outside of my local business?

Zoning

 

 

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If you are a local food establishment and wish to have sidewalk dining, then you must fill out an ANNUAL permit.  This permit can be found here and should be returned to the office of the Chatham Borough Clerk, middle level.

 

Q. Sidewalk Maintenance?

Engineering

 

 

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Any issues with the sidewalk in front of your home or any other sidewalk problem in town should be referred to the Borough Engineer (973-701-6834).

 

Q. Signs - Do I need a Sign Permit? 

Zoning

 

 

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All signs, including temporary signs, require a sign permit.  The permit form is available in the Planning/Zoning Office, upper level or you can download one here .  The Sign Permit fee is $100.

Signs are first reviewed for code compliance.  After the Borough determines that the sign is legal and fits within the regulations of the code, the sign is reviewed by the Sign & Facade Committee.  We strongly suggest that you contact the Sign & Facade Committee DURING THE DESIGN PROCESS.  The committee is an excellent resource and may help you save money and create a more effective sign that fits within the proper aesthetics in town.

 

 

Q. Sign Application Requirements- What are the Sign Permit Submission requirements?

Zoning

 

 

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Sign Permit submission requirements are:

  • A completed Zoning Permit Application , and required fee,
  • A completed Sign Permit Application .  Information on permitted sign size, illumination, location and other regulations can be found by visiting 165-95 Signs of the Borough's Land Use Code .  Please include information on the illumination of the sign with your application.  Cut sheets of new lighting fixtures will suffice, or if you are using the existing lighting, a note stating such.
  • Clear, high resolution, full color digital images of the sign(s) superimposed on the building site so as to show the exact location of the signage.  If possible, please use Pantone Color reference codes to help identify colors more precisely.
  • A letter from your Landlord giving you permission to install the proposed signage.
  • If the permit is for a Sandwich Board Sign, then the applicant must also provide a Certificate of Insurance with minimum $500,000 liability coverage to the Borough, listing the Borough of Chatham as an Additional Insured .  This Certificate must be re-issued to the Borough on a yearly basis.
  • Sign Permit Fee of $100.

This information should be delivered to the Zoning Code Official in the Office of Administration for Planning and Zoning, upper level.  The Zoning Officer has 10 business days to respond to the application.

 

 

Q. Smoke Detector Placement- Where can I obtain information on proper smoke detector placement?

Fire Safety

 

 

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For further information about smoke detector placement, consult the National Protection Association’s Standard No. 74-1984, titled “Household Fire Warning Equipment.” For Carbon Monoxide detectors, their publication is NFPA Standard 720, Publication Sales Department, National Fire Protection Association, Battery march Park, Quincy, MA. 02269.

 

Q. Special Needs - How do I register?

 

 

 

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You can complete page 17, Special Needs Request Form, in the CHATHAM BOROUGH EMERGENCY GUIDE, available at the Clerk’s office, and mail to the Chatham Borough Office of Emergency Management, 54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928. The information may also be emailed to Bill Nauta, Emergency Management Coordinator, at bnauta@chathamborough.org

 

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Q. Special Needs Youth Activities - Do you offer programs for youth/teens with special needs?

Recreation

 

 

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TryCan is a comprehensive program offered through New Providence Recreation to neighboring towns. Their contact information is 908-464-4430 and their website is here .

 

 

Q. Sports and Program Cancellations - How can I find out if an activity/program is cancelled?

Recreation

 

 

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If it’s a recreation sponsored activity, emails will go out through Community Pass. If it’s a club activity the club will send information through their database.

 

 

Q. Storm drain is blocked by leaves and debris. Who do I contact?

Public Works

 

 

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Call the Public Works Department 973-635-5242 or email publicworks@chathamborough.org. After hours call the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000.

 

 

Q. Street Signs – Who should be notified of signs that are missing, damaged or in need of repair?

Public Works

 

      

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Public Works Department (973-635-5242)

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Tax Bill Mailing - When do the tax bills get mailed to property owners? 

Tax Collector

 

 

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Tax bills are mailed out only once a year, usually mid to end of July.  The bill is four parts and has 4 bills on it.  The payments are due August 1 st , November 1 st , February 1 st and May 1 st .

 

Q. Tax Bill Statement - When will I receive an end of the year statement?

Tax Collector

 

 

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There are no statements mailed out from the tax office for the end of the year.  You are to use the top portion of the tax bill.  It will have the total amount that was billed for your prior year’s property taxes.

 

 

Q. Tax Grace Period - What is the grace period for paying property taxes?

Tax Collector

 

 

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There is a 10 Days grace period for getting bills into the office.  If the 10 th of the month the bill is paid, falls on a weekend, you will get the next working business day to timely submit your payment.

 

Q. Tax Payment vehicles - Can I pay my taxes by credit card?

Tax Collector

 

 

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No.  You can, however, make a payment using the Borough website by clicking here .

You must enter a checking or savings account number.  There are no fees involved.  You can make a payment, including any interest, after the office has closed.

 

 

Q. Tax Relief Programs- What type of tax relief programs are available?

Tax Collector

 

 

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There are two deductions that you can apply to the Borough of Chatham Tax Collector's Office; the senior and veteran’s deductions.  You must meet the criteria of each deduction.  If you qualify, you must fill out the application and attach the needed documentation requested for each $250.00 deduction.  You can download applications for the senior and veteran’s deductions on the State of N.J. website under Other Property Tax Benefits .

The State of N.J. also offers several property tax relief programs.   You can view them by going to the State of New Jersey website.                          

 

Q. Tennis Membership - Where can I find information on a tennis membership to the tennis courts?

Recreation

 

 

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Residents can view tennis information here .

 

 

Q. Tennis Membership Renewal - Does a tennis membership get renewed annually?

Recreation

 

 

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Yes - resident memberships are renewed annually.

 

 

Q. Tennis for Non-Residents - Do I have to be a Chatham resident to become a tennis member?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Yes you do need to be a Chatham resident.

 

 

Q. Tennis Payment Forms - Are credit cards accepted for a tennis membership?

Recreation

 

 

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Not for tennis – cash or a check only.

 

 

Q. Tour of Fire House - Can I schedule a tour of the fire house?

Fire Department

 

 

A.

Yes. For more information please call the Fire House 973-635-9090or email fire@chathamborough.org.

 

Q. Trash Collection Missed –Who can I call about a missed collection or for general information?

Public Works

 

 

A.

For missed collection call B & B Disposal 973-465 4433 or email rick@bandbdisposal.com.

For g eneral information contact the Public Works 973-635-5242 or email publicworks@chathamborough.org.

 

Q. Trees - Who maintains the shade trees by the curbside?

Public Works

 

 

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The Borough maintains the right-of-way, which varies from street to street. The average right of way is usually (10) feet from the curb line. The Department of Public Works maintains all trees that grow within the right of way on Borough streets. Please call the department for more information 973-635-5242.

If you live on a county road, (Fairmount Avenue, North Passaic Avenue or Watchung Avenue) the County Shade Tree Management is responsible for the trees near the curb. Call 973-285-2930.

 

Q. Tree Issues on Private Property – What guidelines apply to trees that are outside of the Borough right-of-way, on private property?

Shade Tree Commission

 

 

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Chatham Borough has a Tree Protection Ordinance which extends to trees on private property. This ordinance was adopted in 2001. A permit is required to cut down any tree over 6 inches in diameter. The permits may be obtained here or from the Office of Administration, upper level.  There is a small fee related to the number of trees involved. The fee may be waived if the Construction Official or a Certified Tree Expert determines that the tree is dead.

 

Q. Tree Planting and Tree Requests for the Borough Right of Way – Who do I contact?

Shade Tree Commission

 

 

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Contact us with your tree requests at:
Email:  ShadeTree@Chathamborough.org

Shade Tree Commission
Borough of Chatham
54 Fairmount Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928

 

Q. Tree Pruning – How is tree pruning done for trees on the Borough Rights-of-Way?  

Shade Tree Commission

 

 

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Report tree pruning / care / removal needs to the Shade Tree Commission at:  ShadeTree@Chathamborough.org  . Tree removal requires a permit. Permit applications may be obtained here or from the Administrative Office, upper level. Some minor tree work can be completed by the Department of Public Works once approved. The length of time this will take can vary depending on the nature of the work to be done, and the severity of the problem.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Utility Billing - How often will a property owner receive a utility bill?

Utility Clerk

 

 

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Utility bill postcards are billed for water and sewer every three months.  Solid waste bills go out once a year, at the beginning of the year.

 

 

Q.  Utility Companies Serving Chatham – What is the contact information for the utility companies serving Chatham Borough residents?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

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JCP&L: (Electric Service) 800-662-3115 or fecustomerservicewest@firstenergycorp.com

JCP&L: (Power Emergency) 800-545-7738 or fecustomerservicewest@firstenergycorp.com

PSE&G: (Gas Service) 800-436-7734

Water/Sewer Utility Billing: 973-635-0674 x 214 or utilities@chathamborough.org

Water/Sewer Utility: 973-635-5242 or publicworks@chathamborough.org

Cablevision: 973-884-0027 or live chat at www.optimum.net

Verizon Telephone Service: 800-837-4966 or live chat at www.verizon.com

Verizon FIOS: 888-553-1555 or live chat at www.verizon.com

B & B Disposal Solid Waste & Bulk Pick up of trash: 973-465-4433 or rick@bandbdisposal.com

Morris County Utility Authority – MUA Recycling Pick Up: 973-659-3490 or recycling@mcmua.com

 

Q. Utility Rates- What are the utility rates?

Utility Clerk

 

 

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The current rate for water is $4.28 per 100 cubic feet.  The rate for sewer is $3.59 per 100 cubic feet with a credit of 1,000 cubic feet for the third and fourth quarter of each year.  There is also a minimum charge per quarter depending on meter size.  That average household has a ¾ by 5/8 inch meter and the minimum charge for this meter is $18.00 per quarter for water, and $18.00 for sewer.  The solid waste bill for 2012 is $177.00 for residences and $202.00 for commercial.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Vital Statistics – How do I apply for a marriage, remarriage or civil union license?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

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Applications for a marriage, remarriage, or civil union are taken by appointment only . Please call the Borough Registrar at 973- 635-0674 X 205, or stop by The Borough Registrar’s office to make an appointment. All appointments are scheduled during regular business hours.

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must show proof of birth. Applicants under the age of 18 may enter into a marriage with parental consent and applicants under the age of 16 must obtain parental consent and consent approved in writing by a judge of the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family part in the State of New Jersey.

Where to apply: For New Jersey residents, the application for a license is submitted in the municipality in which either of the two applicants reside. The marriage or civil union can take place anywhere within the State of New Jersey. If both applicants live out-of-state, the application is to be made in the municipality where the ceremony will be performed.

 

 

Q. Vital Statistics – How can I obtain a certified copy of a marriage, remarriage, civil union, and birth or death record?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

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The Borough maintains records of births, marriages, remarriages, civil unions and deaths that have occurred in Chatham Borough and issues certified copies of these vital records, upon application and a small fee. Certified copies are legal documents used to establish the identity of an individual, and contain the raised seal of the Borough.

To request a certified copy, you must first verify what town in which the event took place. You can apply for certified copies in person at Borough Hall, or download the application form here and mail the application form to the Borough Registrar’s Office with required proofs and payment.   For more details on how to obtain certified copies call 973-635-0674 x205.

 

 

Q. Volunteer - Is the Chatham Fire Department a volunteer fire department?

Fire Department

 

 

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Yes, the Chatham Fire Department is a volunteer fire department on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call 973-635-9090.

 

Q. Volunteer Coaching and Assisting - How can I volunteer and become involved with Chatham Recreation?

Recreation

 

 

A.

Volunteers are always welcome. Please contact recreation at 973-635-7066 and we can help you find the correct activity, committee, etc. to contact.

 

 

Q. Volunteer Opportunities – How can I volunteer for a Borough Board, Commission or Committee in Chatham Borough?

Clerk’s Office

 

 

A.

There are 15 boards, commissions and committees in Chatham Borough. Board members are volunteers and appointed by the Township Committee.  Residents interested in volunteering their time and experience to one of these boards can submit an application found on the municipal website here . The Borough Clerk maintains applications submitted for these appointed positions and presents them to the governing body for consideration. A resolution is needed for all official appointments made to the boards, commissions and committees. For more information please click here .

 

 

Q. Voting By Mail - I will be away during Election Day.  How can I vote by mail?

Clerk

 

 

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In New Jersey, any voter can vote by mail in any election. You do not need a reason to Vote by Mail. There is no excuse not to vote!  A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot at http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/form_pdf/vote-mail-ballot-012712-ess.pdf and returning the application to the County Clerk.

To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.

Your vote by mail ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. For more information c ontact the Clerk’s Office at clerk@chathamborough.org .

 

 

Q. Voting In Public Elections- How do I learn where I vote in public elections?

Clerk

 

 

A.

Voting locations can be found at the State of New Jersey website .

 

Q. Voter Registration- I recently moved in to Chatham Borough, do I need to register to vote?

Clerk

 

 

A.

Yes, forms for voter registration and change of address are available in the Clerk’s office or on line at the Morris County, NJ Elections Center . Election Information on the home page of the Borough website under Quick Links.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Water Connections: Who do I call?

Public Works

 

 

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To set up new service, transfer or disconnect water service, please call the utilities clerk for scheduling at 973-701-6812 or email utilities@chathamborough.org.

 

Q. Water Emergencies?

Public Works

 

 

A.

During regular business hours call Public Works at 973-635-5242 between 7:30am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday. After hours, holiday and weekends call the Chatham Borough police Department at 973-635-8000.

 

Q. Water Hardness – What is the water hardness level for Chatham’s water.

Public Works

 

 

A.

200 mg/l or 200 parts per million

 

Q. Water Hardness - What causes hard water?

Public Works

 

 

A.

Hardness in drinking water is primarily caused by two minerals; calcium and magnesium. If calcium and/or magnesium are present in your water in substantial amounts, the water is said to be hard, making a lather of suds for washing difficult to do. Water containing little calcium or magnesium is called soft water.

 

Q. Water Pressure Problems - What are the causes of low water pressure and should low water pressure concern me?

Public Works

 

 

A.

Temporary low pressure can be caused by heavy water use in your area—such as lawn watering, a water main break, fighting a nearby fire, or peak water use times. Permanent low pressure could be caused by:

  • Mineral Deposits: Mineral deposits from hard water can clog hose filters carrying water to your washer or the aerators on faucets or shower heads, resulting in lower water pressure. Mineral deposits are not harmful and can be easily removed by soaking the filter or part in vinegar periodically.
  • Peak Use Period: The peak water demands generally occur twice each day: in the morning when everyone is getting ready for work and school, and in the hours between dinner and bedtime. Neighborhood water use is lower in the early morning hours before families awake and begin using water. If you experience problems with the effectiveness of your landscape irrigation system, try changing the time at which you irrigate to a lower demand period.
  • Prolonged or Severe Water Pressure Loss: To help us keep your water supply safe, please report any severe or prolonged drop in water pressure immediately to the Public Works Department at 973-635-5242. After hours, holidays and weekends call the Chatham Borough Police Department at 973-635-8000.
  • Your Home's Valves:
    • House Valve - Is located in the basement near the water meter at the front of the residence. Check to make sure it is completely in the "on" or fully open position.
    • Recently Serviced Water Softeners: A frequent cause of low water pressure is a valve that was closed during routine servicing of a water softener or other water conditioning device. If you have a water softener and the servicing company has recently visited your home to replace the canister, check to see if the service person fully reopened the valve.
    • Water Leaks: Water pressure loss can be caused by an undetected leak.
    • Point of use devices, plugged filters, or water softeners can cause a drop in pressure. Disconnect the device or place your water softener in “by-pass” mode for 24 hours to see if the pressure increases.

 

Q. Water Odor – My water smells like rotten eggs. Why?

Public Works

 

 

A.

Bacteria growing in sink drains can make hydrogen sulfide gas. The gas causes a rotten egg smell that appears to be coming from the water. The smell is really coming from the drain. When water runs down the drain, the gas is forced out where you can smell it. A cup of household bleach poured down the drain will help kill the bacteria and take care of the smell. Water heaters can also harbor bacteria that cause rotten eggs smells. If your sink drain is not the source, check your hot water for rotten egg smells and flush your water heater if necessary.

 

 

Q. Water Spots- Why does my dishwasher leave spots on my glasses?

Public Works

 

 

A.

The spots that may appear on glassware after it is washed and air-dried are caused by mineral deposits that remain on the glass when the water evaporates. Commercial products are available that allow the water to drain from the glassware more completely. Towel drying glassware will also reduce mineral deposits.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q. Zoning Application - Where do I get a Zoning Application and what is needed for completion?

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Applications are available in the Borough Clerk’s office: middle level or the Office of Administration, upper level or you can download one here .  You will need:

a) A completed Zoning Permit Application with $100 fee,
b) A simple diagram of the inside of the space, and,
c) A survey of the property.  Any survey from your Landlord that represents current conditions is acceptable.  Please let us know if this is an issue before going to the expense of obtaining a new one.

It is suggested that the Zoning Permit Application be filled out BEFORE signing a lease.  Please note, you can also arrange to have the Construction Official and Fire Official meet with you at your location to discuss your potential tenancy of the site.

Note:  Applications that represent a significant change in use (example, retail to food) or a significant intensification of use (small book store to 24 hour Barnes & Noble) may be required to go before the Planning Board for a site plan review.

 

 

Q. Zoning Application Approved- What are the next steps once a Zoning Application is Approved?

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The next step is to obtain CONTINUING CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY (CCO).  Please apply for a CCO at the Planning/Zoning office in the Office of Administration, upper level and pay the required fee. Once the fee is paid, the Fire Official (973-701-6815) will complete the onsite inspection. IMPORTANT:  Both a Zoning Permit approval letter AND a CCO are required before opening a business.

 

 

Q.   Zoning Approval - What construction or other projects need Zoning Approval?

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Zoning Approval must be received for the following projects before work is started:         

  • Addition
  • Air Conditioning Unit
  • Change in Tenancy - CCO
  • Change of use
  • Deck
  • Detached Garage
  • Driveway
  • Dumpster
  • Fence
  • Generator
  • New Dwelling
  • Patio
  • Permanent and Temporary Signs
  • Pool/Hot Tub
  • Shed

Applications can be obtained in the Borough Clerk’s Office or the Borough Administrator’s Office.

 

 

 

Q. Zoning Issues- To whom do I direct my Zoning Questions?

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Review for building coverage, building setbacks, fences and sheds, etc should be referred to: Vincent J. DeNave, Zoning Official, 973-701-6834, zoning@chathamborough.org