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Chatham Borough Health Department



Chatham Borough is contracted with the  Westfield Regional Health Department  for all Health Services.

2020-2021  Chatham Borough COVID-19 Announcements

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM). This annual campaign aims to raise the public’s awareness of the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. Most of us aren’t aware that the fastest-growing drug problem in America isn’t heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines, its prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Read more: http://www.preventmedabuse.org/

Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot?

Health services in Chatham Borough are conducted under the direction of the Board of Health. 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.  Click here to view Board of Health Agendas and Minutes. Board of Health meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at Town Hall at 7:00p.m.   Additional Board of Health information can be found on their webpage.

Current Rabies Vaccinations are required to license your pets! There are many FREE Rabies clinics throughout Morris County in November! 

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Staff Directory

Megan Avallone


Health Officer


(908) 789-4070, Ext. 4073

Bridget Colendenski


Public Health Nurse


(908) 789-4070, Ext. 4472

Amy Lewis


Health Educator


(908) 789-4070, Ext. 4080

Beau Preston    


Health Inspector-Chatham Borough


(908) 789-4070, Ext. 4090

Melanie Politi           


Chatham Borough Board Secretary       


   (973) 701-6824

Tamar Lawful        


Chatham Borough Clerk - Licensing & Permits


 (973) 635-0674 Ext. 203   


Are your pets licensed?  


Dog and Cat Licensing - Residents with dogs or cats are required to license their pets. As required by the state, dogs must be vaccinated for the license year before a license is issued, and a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate is required. The license fee for a spayed/neutered dog is $18.00 per year. For non-spayed/ neutered animals the fee is $30.00. Renewals of existing licenses are due by January 31 of each year. A late fee of $7.00 is charged for all renewals received after this date.

Applications may be obtained at Borough Hall, or you may view and print a Pet  License Application here .

The fee for spayed/neutered cats is $18.00. For non-spayed/neutered animals the fee is $30.00. Renewals for existing licenses are due by January 31st of each year. A late fee of $7.00 is charged for all renewals received after this date.

For additional information, please call 973-635-0674, extension 214.

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.           

For further information concerning food licensing and renewals please contact the Board of Health Secretary, Melanie Politi at mpoliti@chathamborough.org or Borough Clerk, Tamar Lawful at tlawful@chathamborough.org.

Food License Applications

Retail Food Establishment Plan Review Application

The New Jersey State Sanitary Code, Chapter 24, Sanitation in Retail Food Establishments, N.J.A.C. 8:24-9.1 requires that plans and specifications be submitted to the health authority for review whenever a retail food establishment is constructed, renovated/remodeled or significantly altered or when a structure is converted to use as a retail food establishment. Construction, renovation, alteration or conversion may not be initiated until plans and specifications have been approved by the health and construction authorities.

Temporary Food Event Information

Information for Temporary Food Vendors including guidelines and hand washing information.

Emergency Preparedness Preparation and communication can help to alleviate stress during an emergency.  Sign up for Chatham Borough Emergency Alerts here.