54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928     
973-635-0674       Hours: 8am to 4pm M-F     


Board of Health

Serving Our Community Since 1898

The Borough of Chatham Board of Health was established by Ordinance in 1898 at the time of the Borough's incorporation as a municipality. The Board is comprised of seven members who are responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of public health policy and programs. In New Jersey, every municipality is required to be served by a local health department that meets the requirements of state public health laws and regulations. 

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Borough of Chatham Board of Health is to protect and improve the public’s health through disease prevention, health education and community planning by providing competent and professional environmental and public health services to all residents of Chatham.  Our vision is to serve, protect and improve the public health of the community through communication, consultation, programming and cooperation with our residents and public health partners.

Regular meetings are conducted on the 2nd Thursday of each month, (except for July and August) at 7:00 p.m. in Borough Hall, the middle level.  Meetings are open to the public.

Public Health Services - The Chatham Borough Board of Health contracts public health services through the Westfield Regional Department of Health.  Please visit the   Westfield Regional Department of Health website   for information on public health programs and services that are provided to Chatham Borough residents of all ages.  Under the mandates of the New Jersey Public Health Practice Standards, and the ordinances and policies of the Chatham Borough Board of Health, the public’s health is protected through sanitary inspections, enforcement activities, disease prevention, and health promotion & education. 

Residents can report health-related complaints to the Borough Clerk's office by calling 973-635-0674 or E-mail to clerk@chathamborough.org .

Retail Food Licensing - Individuals, partnerships or corporations that operate any type of business that serves or sells food in Chatham Borough, whether on a permanent or temporary basis, must obtain a Food License from the Chatham Borough Board of Health.  All food establishments are inspected by the Westfield Registered Environmental Health Specialist (R.E.H.S).  

Retail Food Establishments are rated on standards set forth by Chapter 24 of the New Jersey Sanitary Code.  Retail Food Establishments are inspected biannually and ratings are posted in the front of each establishment for public viewing.           

  • Satisfactory (white placard) -- the establishment is operating in substantial compliance with this chapter.  Food service personnel demonstrate that they are aware of and are practicing the required sanitation and safety principles.
  • Conditionally Satisfactory (yellow placard) -- at the time of inspection, the establishment was found not to be operating in substantial compliance with this chapter and in violation of one or more required provisions.  Due to the nature of these violations, an unannounced full reinspection will be scheduled.  Opportunity for reinspection is offered within a reasonable time determined by the severity of the violation.
  • Unsatisfactory (red placard) -- whenever a retail food establishment is operating in violation of this chapter, with one of more violations constituting gross unsanitary or unsafe conditions posing imminent health hazards, the health authority immediately requests the establishment's manager to voluntarily cease operation until reinspection verifies that the conditions warranting unsatisfactory evaluation no longer exist.  Meanwhile, the health authority institutes necessary measures provided by law to assure that the establishment does not prepare or serve food until reinspection validates that conditions now meet health standards.  

For further information concerning food licensing and renewals please contact the Borough Clerk's office at 973-635-0674.

Board of Health Working to Improve Public Health Outcomes for Residents

The Chatham Borough Board of Health is celebrating its one year anniversary with the Westfield Regional Health Department for public health shared services.  Throughout the course of the past year the Board has worked hard to provide services that focus on health promotion and disease prevention to Chatham Borough residents.  These services include restaurant inspections, vaccination services, health education, public health nursing and the investigation of environmental complaints. 

The Board of Health has started two primary prevention based campaigns this past year.  The first is the implementation of a Tobacco Age of Sale (TASE) inspection program.  These inspections work to ensure teens and young adults, under age 21, are not able to purchase nicotine products including juules and electronic smoking devices in the Borough.

The other program is one that focuses on increased childhood lead screening and community awareness that there is no safe level of lead.  A description of these programs can be summarized by using #kNOwlead.

Due to the lack of participation in previous years, the Board of Health will no longer be offering a flu clinic to the general public this year.  Flu vaccinations will still be provided for the homebound and for the uninsured.  Information will be posted on where residents can obtain a local flu shot this fall.

In an effort to improve efficiency, this year’s rabies clinic will be held at the Firehouse on November 3, 2018 from 9:00 am—10:30 am. All dog and cat licensing regulations and dates will remain unchanged.

The Board also offers free child health clinics for physical exams and immunizations, and adult vaccination services to residents who are under insured or non-insured.  For more information on the health department and Board of Health provide please visit www.westfieldnj.gov/health or call 908-789-4070.


Chatham Borough Board of Health Membership

Six members are appointed to serve 3-year terms and two alternate members are appointed to serve 2-year terms. Appointments to the Board of Health are made the Mayor upon advice and consent of the Council.  





 Maryann McCabe



 Kay I. Kaiser



 Micki Chaput



 Rita Marts, R.N.


Member, President

 Lisa DeRosa


Member, Vice President

 Dr. Norman Schaefer


1 st Alternate

 Lisbeth Bringgaard


2 nd Alternate

 Shelliam Lee


Board of Health Agendas and Minutes

Additional resource: Emergency Action Planning Guidance for Retail Food Establishment