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Township of Mahwah request for bids are advertised in the Bergen Record under legal notices.
You may bring your worn American Flag to Gary Montroy who is the Commander with the Mahwah VFW Post. Gary will arrange for proper disposal at a ceremony which takes place at the Police and Fire Academy. Call 201-848-1841, or email Gary.
When interested in opening a business in Mahwah, you must first complete the Tenant Application Checklist (PDF).
We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are located at:221 Franklin TurnpikeMahwah, NJ 07430
Our main telephone number is 201-529-1000. Our Investigative Bureau is 201-529-1000, ext. 216, and our primary fax number is 201-529-0240. In an emergency, dial 911.
Yes, but it is it important that the homeowner understand the ramifications of doing that. Please consult this link for more information.
Plans can be prepared by a homeowner in the case of a detached single family home if intended to be used exclusively as his or her private residence. Owner must endorse the plans and show adequate details of competence and compliance in the opinion of the Official. If not used as a private primary residence plans must be prepared by a New Jersey licensed design professional.
Home improvement contractors are individuals and companies involved in repairing, renovating, modernizing, installing, replacing, improving, restoring, painting, constructing, remodeling, moving, or demolishing residential or noncommercial properties.
Home improvement contractors include those who work on residential driveways, sidewalks, swimming pools, terraces, patios, additions, landscaping, fences, porches, windows, doors, cabinets, kitchens, bathrooms, garages, finished basements, basement waterproofing, insulation installation, roofing and siding, wall-to-wall carpeting or attached or inlaid floor coverings, and more.
Click here for useful links https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/hic/Pages/links.aspx
A home improvement contractor registration is not required for any person performing a home improvement on a residential structure owned by that person or any member of that person’s immediate family.
Please report issues with streetlights through the Orange & Rockland website.
The Mahwah Police Department reminds residents that Township Ordinance 7-3.3 prohibits the parking of vehicles along any roadway between the hours of midnight and 6 am, November 15 through April 15.
Please make arrangements to park your vehicle off the roadway. Warnings may be issued first.
If someone in your household uses any of the following listed equipment, please let Orange and Rockland know by calling toll-free at 877-434-4100, between 8 am and 7 pm on weekdays, except holidays.
Mahwah has both Explorer and Junior Fireman programs. The Explorer program begins at age 14 and the Junior Fireman program begins at age 16. Most Explorers continue into the Junior program and once they reach the age of 18 they are eligible to apply to become a full time firefighter. Applications for both programs are available at any Mahwah firehouse Wednesday evenings between the hours of 7:30 and 9 pm.
In order to become a fireman in Mahwah, you must:
Applications can be picked up at any Mahwah firehouse on Wednesday nights between 7:30 and 9:30 pm.
You can actually increase young wildlife's chances of survival by following one simple rule when finding them: Leave them alone! It may be difficult to do, but this is the real act of kindness. In nearly all cases, young wildlife does not need to be "saved". Resist the temptation to help them. Only when they are found injured or with their dead mother is there a reason to intervene, and the state's wildlife laws are very specific about what you may do.
State law protects nearly all wild birds and mammals. Wildlife may not be legally taken from the wild or kept in captivity. Never consider wildlife as possible pets; it is both illegal and unwise. Wild animals belong in the wild.
In some instances the Division of Fish and Wildlife may grant permission for the rehabilitation of a distressed or injured wild animal provided that:
You can view the list of state-licensed wildlife rehabilitators on the web. Please know that for safety reasons not all injured wildlife (i.e. potentially dangerous species) can be rehabilitated. These animals are also listed on the website.
For additional information contact the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Control Unit, Clinton Wildlife Management Area at:141 Van Syckels RoadHampton, NJ 08827Phone: 908-735-8793
The Township of Mahwah has entered into an agreement with Tyco Animal Control for the year 2015 for animal control services.
Tyco will also respond to requests for assistance on private property however, charges for these services apply and are billed directly to the property owner.
Application for your license can be made in the hometown of either applicant and the license that is issued may be used anywhere in the state of New Jersey. If you are both New Jersey residents and are planning an out-of-state ceremony, contact the Registrar in the town where the ceremony will take place. View our guide (PDF) for more information.
Mahwah takes marriage license applications by appointment only. Please plan on coming in at least two weeks (and up to 6 months) before your ceremony. Call us at 201-529-5757, ext. 2 to make an appointment.
Contact the Registrar in the town where your wedding ceremony took place (regardless of where you applied for the license.)
You will need to complete an application form and supply ID. Effective January 1, 2013, Mahwah charges $15 per copy, but this fee varies from town to town. Mahwah's application is available on our website.
New Jersey law limits who may obtain certified copies of Vital Records. If you are legally entitled to receive a record that belongs to someone else (i.e. your child, your parent, your sibling), you will be required to provide proof of your relationship to that person.
Effective January 2, 2007, there can be no bare-hand contact with any ready to eat food (i.e. cold cuts, pizza, bakery items, etc.) A food handler may use deli tissue, a utensil or gloves to serve these items and comply with the law.
We have many (but not all) original septic plans and "as-builts", dating back to the early 1950s and 1960s. Stop in the Clerk's Office to complete an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request form if you need a copy of your Septic As-Built. Nominal photo-copy fees apply.
Ordinance 1313 Section 24-18.3 Historic Designation Criteria for qualifying as historic. Generally, these include whether the landmark has historical, cultural, social or architectural significance. Homes from the colonial era would likely qualify as an historic landmark because of its significance in Mahwah's early history. However, a home might qualify as an historic landmark even if it is not especially "old" because it might qualify if it is associated with a person significant to the Township's history (e.g, Joyce Kilmer's home), or because it is of a unique architectural style (e.g, American Craftsman style). The Historic Preservation Commission can assist you in determining whether your home or structure might be eligible for inclusion in the Township Ordinance as a protected historic site.
First contact the Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) by calling 201-529-5757, ext. 271 (HPC secretary, Jennifer Storms) to advise them of your intentions or you may attend an Historic Preservation Commission meeting. HPC Public meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month (except September, which is the 2nd Monday), at 7:30 pm in the Township Municipal Building:475 Corporate DriveThird Floor, Room 319Mahwah, NJ 07430
Write a letter to the Mayor and Council, and copy the HPC, requesting that your home be added to the list of historic protected properties on the historic preservation element of the Township Code. In your letter, describe the reasons for requesting this inclusion. You may not have been able to establish all the criteria shown, but please provide enough identification factors, with verification citing sources of your information.
The Township will request the request be added to a Township Council agenda, but it may be a month before it is scheduled. When the request is placed on the Township Council meeting agenda, you will be notified, and it will be discussed and open to the public for comments. A motion will be introduced to amend Chapter 24 of the Township Code Entitled "Historic Sites" to designate the property as an Historic Site in the Township of Mahwah. Township Council will add it to its next public meeting, where it will be voted on and adopted.
The Amendment to the Township Ordinance is then signed by the Mayor and published. The effective date is 20 days after publication. At that point, the house or site will be protected as per the stipulations in Township of Mahwah Ordinance Number 1313.
The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office has a brief guide on How to Research the History of a House (PDF).
The following are questions to keep in mind when researching the history of your property/structure:
The following list of primary (archival and original) and secondary sources of documentation will assist in your property history search:
On order to determine if a property/structure can be considered for local historic designation, the property/structure must meet the Historic Designation Criteria under the Township of Mahwah Municipal Code Section 24.18.3 Ordinance 1313 (PDF).
If a property/structure is added to the Historic Element of the Municipal Code as an historic site it does not necessarily mean that anything on the outside or inside of the property/structure cannot be changed. What it does mean is that the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will over see changes under certain conditions. If the house is under 10,000 square feet, the Commission has no jurisdiction on interior changes. However, the Commission is happy to advise the owner in regards to any work to be done, to keep the historic integrity of the structure.
The following Emergency and ordinary repairs (including painting) which do not change the architectural integrity of the structure, and which use in kind materials, do not require Commission review:
Any work to change the outside of the structure which requires a permit will be subject to review by the HPC. The Commission will review the permit and provide a written report as to the historical preservation provisions to the changes proposed in the permit application. The Commission can recommend approval of the permit, approval with conditions, or recommend that the permit be denied. The Commission recommends that homeowners come to a Commission meeting prior to any application for a permit to speak to the members about any changes they would like to make.
It is an acknowledgement from the Township that your property/structure is valued by the Township. It helps tell the story of our community, as it represents an architectural style, historic time period or event. There is a good feeling to restoring and preserving the property for future generations. If you purchased an historic home, you understand the uniqueness of your home and the importance of carrying this piece of the past forward into our future.
Just 50 years ago, Mahwah was largely a rural farming community. Today, it is a busy, growing suburb with only vestiges of its rural past existing in small pockets around the Township. Placement of your home on the Historic Element of the Township Code ensures its historic character will be preserved for future generations. Years from now, it is likely that only those homes that were placed on the ordinance will remain much the same as they are today.
There are not currently many direct financial benefits for the owner of a private historic residence. Although its inclusion on the Ordinance could make it eligible for grants. There is currently little assistance available presently for private residences, future legislation may broaden eligibility for economic grants.
We are not permitted to give legal advice. You may come to court and speak with the judge regarding your rights and what the consequences may be if you plead guilty and pay the ticket.
If it is a payable ticket, you may:
If you wish to plead not guilty, we will verify your address and schedule you for a court session. If it is a Mandatory Violation, you are already scheduled for court.
if the ticket is payable, the court date that appears on the ticket is the date to pay it by or to contact the court to enter a not guilty plea.
According to Supreme Court rules, after you fail to appear for your court date, you will receive a Failure to Appear notice with a new court date. If you fail to appear on the next court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
Once you have posted bail, you will receive a new court date. Bail is to ensure you appear at your next scheduled court date. Failure to do so will result in a bail forfeiture and a new warrant will be reissued. Once your matter is disposed of in court, you may use your bail money toward your fines. If you are found not guilty or the matter is dismissed, you may have your bail refunded to you or to the surety, the person who posted the bail in your case.
Sidewalks should be cleared of snow, slush, ice within 12 hours of the snow stopping. Sidewalks at intersections should have a straight through path to the roadway and entry to the next sidewalk.
No permit is required when having a garage sale. Signs may only be posted at the property that is conducting the sales. No signs are permitted on trees, rocks, fences, or at any intersection pointing to the sales or address.
Yes. When putting in a new driveway you must obtain a Soil Removal Permit and a Zoning Permit.
The number of trees allowed to be cut down each year is 5 per lot, unless otherwise granted by the Board of Adjustment, Planning Board or Environmental Commission. The 5 trees should be 12 inches or greater at ground level. Trees that are dead, dying, diseased or less than 12 inches are not included in the 5 tree cap. There is no permit required for trimming of trees or shrubs.
All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.
A Zoning Permit is required for all new fence installations or major repairs. No fence higher than 4 feet is permitted in the front of your property. Side fences can be 6 feet, no higher. Minor repair or small replacement of existing fences do not require a permit.
The Mahwah Police Department reminds residents that Township Ordinance 7-3.3 prohibits the parking of vehicles along any roadway between the hours of midnight and 6 am, November 15 through April 15.
Please make arrangements to park your vehicle off the roadway. Warnings may be issued first. In the event that the Township is plowing snow off the roadways, summonses will be issued.
Generally there are no fees for class participation. However, some workshops may require a fee to cover instruction and material. There will be a charge for trips.
The Records provides a discount to senior citizens on newspaper subscriptions. Please call 888-473-2673, or visit their website.
Yes, Mahwah Access Transportation provides bus service for senior citizens, people with disabilities and other residents of the Township of Mahwah who are unable to drive. Transportation to doctor's offices and/or physical therapy (within our service area), and Valley Hospital is available on a daily basis with a three day advance reservation notice.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday many seniors are transported to the North West Bergen Senior Activity Center in Midland Park. They arrive at approximately 10 am, and are picked up for the return trip home at 2 pm Tuesday passengers are transported to the Interstate or Ramsey Square Shopping Centers for approximately three hours. Thursday transportation is provided to the Mahwah Senior Citizen Center for a luncheon or Mahwah Senior Club meetings.
A $1 donation for a round trip us suggested. To sign up for Mahwah's Access Transportation or to find out more information regarding the monthly calendar of services available, please call 201-529-2691.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has a Senior Citizen Discount Program for E-Z Pass. You must hold a valid driver's license in any state to qualify. Please call them at 732-442-8600, ext. 2100 with any questions. To open an account, call 888-288-6865 and press "7" or apply on line at the E-Z Pass website.
There is no membership fee to join.
Since this is an activity center, we are unable to accommodate anyone suffering dementia or confusion. We do not have on-site medical personnel. This is not an adult day-care center.
New Jersey Transit offers a Reduced Fare Program for Seniors. Call New Jersey Transit at 973-378-6401 or 973-378-6327 with any questions about the program.
Any Mahwah resident 62 years or older, who functions independently or who has a companion accompanying them.
After registering for a class you are free to participate. We encourage independence, for scheduled activities. On the contrary, we are a structured program with policies and procedures to adhere to.
In accordance with the Township Code, dogs and cats over seven months of age are required to be licensed.
A Rabies Vaccination Certificate, valid through and including November 1, of each year is required. If applicable, written proof of spaying or neutering from a licensed Veterinarian is required. If the dog or cat has previously been licensed and the Municipal Clerk's Office records reflect same, proof of spraying/neutering and rabies vaccination are not required.
After February 15, of each year, the $10 late fee per animal is imposed which is in addition to the licensing fee.
Licenses may be renewed in person between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except Municipal holidays in the Municipal Clerk's Office, or by mailing the Rabies Vaccination Certificate, Proof of Spaying/Neutering Certificate and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:Township of MahwahAttention: Municipal Clerk's Office475 Corporate DriveMahwah, NJ 07430
Please do not send cash. If licensing cats and dogs, separate checks are necessary.
Parking Permits are only issued to Mahwah residents. A Driver's License and Vehicle Registration in your Mahwah address must be shown for proof of residency. Parking Permits are valid for as long as you own your vehicle. Parking is on a first come, first served basis. Parking Permits may be obtained in the Municipal Clerk's Office between 8 am to 4 pm weekdays, except for Municipal Holidays.
The Municipal Parking Lots are located on East Ramapo Avenue. One is located by the Red Caboose / Train Station and the other is directly across the street along side Winter's Pond.
Forms to request copies of municipal records are available in the Municipal Clerk's Office or on the Townships' website.
The Bergen Country Utilities Authority (BCUA) holds collections for these items at various times throughout the year. For collection dates and sites, see the Bergen Country Utilities Authority website, or call the BCUA Environmental Programs Hotline at 201-807-5825.
Metal appliances and metal items (other than appliances containing Freon) can be disposed of in two ways. Items such as washing machines, dryers, stoves, humidifiers, bed frames, water heaters etc. can be placed at the curb for regular trash collection (the first pick up of the week during the summer) or brought to the Recycling Center to be disposed of in the dumpster for metal items.
Electronic appliances such as TVs, computers, printers, are no longer allowed in the trash. These items must be brought to the Recycling Center and placed in the electronic recycling container. Any item with a plug may be placed in the electronic recycling container. Often when receiving a delivery for a new appliance, TVs, etc, the vendor will remove the old appliance.
15-6.4 Curbside Placements to Become Township Property:
a). From the time of placement of newspapers, glass, plastic, aluminum and other metal items by any person at the curb for collection by the Township or its authorized agent, pursuant to the rules and regulations herein contained or hereafter promulgated, such newspaper, glass, plastic, aluminum and other metal items shall become the sole property of the Township or its authorized agent.
For disposal of any appliances containing a refrigerant (Freon) such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners, please call 973-227-7020 to arrange a date and time to have the appliance picked up at the curb by the Township contracted hauler.
Mahwah does not accept any paint, paint cans or paint brushes. Batteries can be recycled at Mahwah's Recycling Center. Resident are also encouraged to return batteries to the stores where they were purchased. Bergen County Utilities Authority hold collections for Household Hazardous Waste certain times throughout the year at three different locations; Parmaus, Mahwah and Moonachie. For dates and location sites go to the Bergen Country Utilities Authority (BCUA) website. Or call the BCUA Environmental Programs Hotline at 201-807-5825.
Mahwah does not dispose of propane tanks. Residents are advised to dispose of them at the Bergen Country Hazardous Waste Collection sites.
Voter registration forms are available at the Township Clerk's office and online. Absentee Ballot Request Forms are also available at the Township Clerk's office. Deadline for requests must be received by the Bergen County Clerk's Office in Hackensack is seven days before election for which you are requesting the absentee ballot. You may apply in person up until 3 pm the day before the election, to the Bergen County Clerk at:One Bergen County PlazaRoom 130Hackensack, NJ 07601
You can find out where to vote within the Township by viewing the Voting Districts and Locations webpage.
For Billing Inquiries call 201-529-5757, ext. 221 or 222.
Run the cold water faucet only and contact the Mahwah Water Department Mon-Fri between 7am-3:30pm or the Mahwah Police Department off hours, weekends & holidays to contact the water department.
Contact the Mahwah Water Department Mon-Fri between 7am-3:30pm or the Mahwah Police Department off hours, weekends & holidays to contact the water department
The Mahwah Water Department Hours of normal operation are Mon-Fri between 7am-3:30pm. However the Mahwah Water Department always has people on 24 hour call to handle emergencies. Off hours, weekends and holidays contact the Mahwah Police Department.
Contact the Mahwah Water Department and we can go over your account with you and determine if we should send a technician out to do an inspection.
The water provided by the Mahwah Water Department meets all NJDEP drinking water standards. All water sampling information is available on the NJDEP “WATER WATCH” website.
Contact the Mahwah Sewer Department to determine if the issue is the Mahwah Sewer Departments responsibility or the homeowners. Normal hours of operation Mon-Fri between 7am-3:30pm. Off hours, weekends, holidays contact the Mahwah Police Department.
Contact your plumber or drain cleaning company and notify the Mahwah Sewer Department when they will be arriving so we can coordinate jetting the Mahwah Sewer Departments side of the sewer line into the main.
NO, the Mahwah Sewer Department is responsible for the sewer mains in the street and to the street side of the cleanout on your property. The pipe from the cleanout into your home is the responsibility of the homeowner.
NO, the Mahwah Water Department is responsible for the water mains in the street and the service connection coming off the water mains to the curb stop (the valve that allows us to shut off the water to your home on the street). The pipe coming from the curb stop into your home is the home owner’s responsibility.
Inside your home, the Mahwah Water Department is responsible for the water meter itself and the two connections to the water meter. All valves and piping before and after is the responsibility of the home owner.
Contact the Mahwah Water Department with 48 hour notice so we can come out and locate and check the curb stop for proper operation. ONLY THEN, should you schedule the plumber for the work.
Contact the Mahwah Water Department immediately so we can respond to locate and shut off the curb stop at the street. Mon-Fri 7am-3:30pm or the Mahwah Police Department off hours, weekends, and holidays.
NO, the Mahwah Sewer Department has no responsibility/liability for sewer ejector pumps, tanks, parts, control panels, alarms. Any issues should be addressed with the manufacturer.
Nothing, the flags are there to mark the water shut off (BLUE) and the sewer cleanout (GREEN). Either you or your neighbor are having work done on the property and by law all utilities must be flagged or marked.