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 acknowledgment 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 $50.00.

  • 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.



Old Street Signs are Available for Bid

Old Street Signs are available to bid on, please contact Borough Hall at (973) 226-3400 to find out if your street is still available.

Essex Fells Elementary School - 3rd Grade Trip to Tour Municipal Departments

On Thursday, June 9, 2016 the 3rd Grade students from Essex Fells Elementary School took a tour of the Municipal Departments. Leading the tours were the following town officials:

Recycling Center - Tour given by Roger Kerr, DPW Superintendent and Vincent Fiscella, Jr.

Water Utility - Tour given by Steve Banchi, Sr. Water Operator and Brian Shatzel, Water Operator

Administration - Tour given by Francine T. Paserchia, Administrator/Municipal Clerk

Fire Department - Tour given by Firefighters Steve Ward and Mark O'Connor

Police Department - Tour given by Lt. William Theilacker

To Shred or Not to Shred?

The Borough of Essex Fells is considering offering a “Shredding Day, ” whereby residents would be given the opportunity to bring personal documents (those one may not be comfortable simply throwing in the common trash) to the town for destruction.  We are evaluating whether to contract with a paper shredding company to provide the shredding service one Saturday morning at the Service Building.  We are interested in your opinion as to whether you think this is something of which you would take advantage.

Please email us at


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 (Summer Hours): 8am-4pm

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