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.



9th Annual Essex Co. Senior Wellness Day

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Board of Chosen Freeholders invite you to attend the Ninth Annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event is free and is open to Essex County senior residents only! For more information call (973)621-4400; for transportation call (973)618-1280.

Date Change for Essex Co. Collection Day - Household Hazardous Waste

Please be advised that the dates for the Fall Household Hazardous Waste event have been changed to:

Friday, October 3, 2014 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: 125 Fairview Avenue (next to Old Hospital Center), Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

*Please note that there will NOT an event on Saturday, October 4, 2014 as previously announced.*

The new date will be Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This is free to all Essex County residents. (For complete list of accepted items click below)

Essex County residents must provide proof of residency at the site. Please note this event is NOT for commercial and industrial facilities. For more information call (973)792-9060 or

Essex Co. Recycling Day - Computers & Electronics

Essex County’s Recycling Day for Computers and Electronics will be Saturday, Oct. 18, at 125 Fairview Ave., Cedar Grove, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is free to all Essex County residents.

Among the items accepted will be computers, printers, televisions, toasters, old cellular phones and more. You may not drop off smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. (For complete list click below)

Essex County residents must provide proof of residency at the site. Please note that commercial and large quantity users may NOT drop off items. For more information call (973)792-9060 or

New PSE&G Outage Map Helps Customers Navigate Stormy Weather

With summer storm season in full swing, Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) has made it easier for customers to track the status of power outages using its online Outage Map.  PSE&G recently adopted new technology to enhance the mobile-friendly map, providing more detailed information about outages and when power will be restored. When the lights go out, customers can now log on to see:

-      The location of the outage at the neighborhood level.

-      The number of customers affected by the outage.

-      When the outage was reported, and the time PSE&G expects service to be restored.

-      The cause of the outage, if available, such as equipment failure or animal contact.

-      During storms, the status of the job in the restoration process — whether crews are assessing the outage, making repairs or removing a tree.

“Our customers have said they wanted more information about power outages, especially during storms like Sandy,” said John Latka, vice president of electric operations for PSE&G. “With this major upgrade to our Outage Map, customers can now make more informed decisions for their family or their business during an outage.”

Customers can navigate the Outage Map either by using their cursor to scroll or by typing their address into the search bar. Color-coded triangles indicate the location of power outages and the number of customers affected. When the cursor is placed over a triangle, a dialogue box pops up with additional information about the outage. The information on the map is updated every 15 minutes.

The Outage Map is part of PSE&G’s Storm Center, an online portal for customers to get information about how they should prepare before, during and after severe weather. The Outage Map will be updated during storms with special alerts and highlight the location of mobile Customer Service Centers.

To report power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG or log in to My Account on Customers also can register for text and email alerts at

The Outage Map can be found online at

Summer 2014 Public Programs

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive and The Board of Chosen Freeholders present Essex County Environmental Center Summer 2014 Public Programs. Click below for upcoming events in your area.

The Essex County Environmental Center is located at 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland in Essex County West Essex Park and is a facility of the Essex County Park System. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Essex County West Essex Park is open to the public every day from dawn until dusk. Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. For more information, please call 973-228-8776.


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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