Borough Administrator/Clerk

Borough Administrator/Clerk

New Jersey statute identifies the Municipal Clerk as the Secretary of the governing body, the Secretary of the Municipal Corporation, the Administrative and Licensing officer and the Election Administrator. The Borough Clerk serves in the capacity of Secretary to the Borough Council, Custodian of Government Records, Election Official, and Registrar of Vital Statistics.


  • Issue Marriage Licenses
  • Issue Dog Licenses
  • Issue Liquor Licenses
  • Issue Permits to Solicit
  • Issue Permits for Garage Sales
  • Issue Permits for Landlords
  • Provide Certified Copies of Vital Records if occurring in Essex Fells (ex. Birth, Civil Union, Marriage, & Death)
  • Voter Registration
  • Tree Removal Permits


A Notary Public is a public officer who serves as an impartial witness to the signing of documents and to the acknowledgement of signatures on documents. A Notary Public may also administer oaths and affirmations.

Sales Permits

Borough ordinances require permits for the sale of the following items:

  • Food Items
  • Milk

Please contact the Borough Clerk to obtain the necessary applications.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q:

    What is the procedure for having a garage sale?


    Come to the borough clerk's office to fill out an application and obtain a permit. The fee for the permit is $25.00.

  • Q:

    What is needed to come in for a marriage license?


    You need a photo id with proof of address or current passport & proof of address, social security numbers, divorce papers if applicable, one witness over the age of 18 that knows both applicants. The fee for a marriage license/domestic partnership is $28.00.

  • Q:

    How do I register to vote?


    You can obtain a voter registration application form at the borough clerk's office.

  • Q:

    Where do I get a copy of an ordinance or a public record?


    You can come to the borough clerk's office to fill out an OPRA request. (OPRA – Open Public Records Act)

  • Q:

    When is the next public council meeting?


    We are more than happy to give the dates of our work sessions and public council meetings, however the complete calendar is listed on the "Community Calendar" page of this website.

  • Q:

    How much does it cost for a certified copy of a marriage, death or birth?


    The cost for certified copies is $10.00 per copy.

  • Q:

    How do I make an appointment with the mayor?


    The borough clerk's office acts as liaison and will schedule an appointment.

  • Q:

    How much is the permit for the Tree Removal?


    The permit fee for Tree Removal is $50.00.



NJDEP Offering Tips on Reducing Bear Encounters

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and State Park Service are reminding residents of ways to reduce bear encounters and offering tips should they come within close range of black bears following a recent bear-human interaction at Ramapo Mountain State Forest.

2015 Fall Leaf Letter

To The Residents of Essex Fells:
It’s that time of year again, when the leaves change color and, unfortunately, fall to the ground.  As always, we are requesting your cooperation.  Please read the new leaf clean up guidelines.

Leaf Season will commence on Monday, October 19th.  Please be aware that no leaves are to be put out prior to this date.  The Borough will conclude Leaf Pick-up on Monday, November 23rdAny leaves put out after this date will not be picked up, and may result in a summons.

** Please Note:  All homeowners are responsible for advising their landscapers of these requirements and procedures.  Violators may be subject to a summons.  Due to the hilly terrain and winding roads of Essex Fells, large landscaping trucks and trailers parked in the street can be hazardous to approaching motorists.  If possible, please allow landscapers to park their vehicles in your driveway.  If this is not feasible, ask that they park close to the curb line.  Warning cones should be placed in front and/or behind these vehicles if they cannot be seen clearly from a distance of 200 feet in either direction.  These measures should improve safety for all.

 Leaves must be placed no more than three (3) feet on either side of the curb line and not piled more than three (3) feet high.  This will enable us to more easily reach the leaves with our equipment.  In addition, it will help to eliminate large piles of leaves in the street that can restrict traffic flow and cause a hazard.  DO NOT PILE LEAVES WITH IN 10 FEET OF CATCH BASINS OR FIRE HYDRANTS AND WITHIN 20 FEET OF ANY INTERSECTION.

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT LARGE STONES, STICKS AND OTHER SOLID MATERIALS BE KEPT OUT OF THE LEAF PILES because these foreign objects will damage our equipment and result in the equipment being out of service for repairs.  Please be advised that if this mixture occurs the leaves will not be picked up by the borough and will be left in front of your home.
BRANCHES:  All branches should be tied in bundles no more than 4 to 5 feet long, 3 to 4 inches in thickness and weighing no more than 50 pounds.  Any twigs should be placed in containers at the curb.  Please contact the Department of Public Works at 973-226-3400 to NOTIFY THEM OF BUNDLED BRANCHES OR TWIGS THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED IN CONTAINERS THAT NEED TO BE PICKED UP.  Please note that you only need to call the DPW for pick-up of Branches and Twigs, not leaves.
Please be sure to place all debris in front of your own home and not on a neighbor’s property.  This is a violation of our litter ordinance and may subject you to a summons.  The assistance of all residents will be helpful and is greatly appreciated.

The Mayor and Council
Borough of Essex Fells

View Fall Leaf Letter Here


Administrator/Borough Clerk:


255 Roseland Avenue, 2nd Floor
Essex Fells, New Jersey 07021

Tel: 973.226.3400
Fax: 973.228.4439

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

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