Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled some typical questions that Township staff receives via telephone inquiries, letters and electronic mail submissions from the online form on the Chatham Township Website
Q. Where can I find the Township Code Book and ordinances?
A. You can view it under the Government tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page under ‘Code Book’ or here.
Q. Where can I learn more about affordable housing?
A. You can learn more about affordable housing here.
Q. What the status of the Rolling Knolls landfill?
A. Click here to learn more.
Q. How to fill out application for Construction permit?
A. Click here for more information.
Q. Is there a quick way to find what department I need to contact when I have a question?
A. Yes, there is a list of popular topics showing what department can provide additional information. Click here for the list.
Q. When do I need a permit?
A. Permits are needed for most construction activities including plumbing and electrical work. Important Note: a permit is required prior to any activity that involves road openings including the installation of curbing. Most tree removals also require a permit.
Q. Who plows our streets?
A. The Township Public Works Department plows most residential streets and uses outside contractors to supplement their work crews. County roads (Shunpike Road, Fairmount Avenue, Southern Blvd., Meyersville Road and a portion of River Road) are plowed by the Morris County Road Department.
Q. Who collects garbage in the Township?
A. Homeowners hire a private contractor for garbage collection and are free to choose any licensed refuse hauler. Many residents contact Chatham Disposal Company, 973-379-1268.
Q. What are the hours for the Recycling Center?
A. The Recycling Center is located on Tanglewood Lane and is open Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Saturday: 8:00 AM to Noon. Additionally, the Township contracts with the Morris County MUA for curbside collection twice per month. See the recycling schedule posted on the website.
Q. Is there curbside pickup for recycling?
A. Yes, the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority performs curbside collections twice a month. See the recycling brochure for more information about Single-Stream Recycling.
Q. Where can I find additional information about Recycling Services in Chatham Township?
A. Please check our Recycling page.
Q. Why isn’t my sewer fee included in my taxes?
A. Not all property owners in the Township receive sewer service. Some have septic systems that they are required to maintain at their own expense. It would not be fair to those property owners to pay for wastewater treatment.
Q. Does the Township measure sewer usage?
A. Sewage flow is not presently measured. Water service is provided by New Jersey American Water Company and not all water used goes into the sanitary sewer system. Outside water for swimming pools and irrigation would need to be deducted. The Township is exploring the possibility of changing the sewer billing system to account for usage.
Q. What are the utility companies serving Chatham Township?
A. For Gas – PSE&G
Phone – Verizon
Electric – JCP&L
Cable – Comcast and Verizon FiOS
Water – New Jersey American Water Company
Q. What percentage of property taxes goes to pay for schools, county and local government?
A. The Township serves as the tax collector for the School District of the Chathams, Morris County Government and the local government. Approximately 64 cents of every dollar collected goes to the School District, 17 cents goes to the County and the local government keeps 18 cents. The remaining 1 cent goes to the Open Space Trust Account to preserve open spaces and promote recreation.
Q. How are local taxes spent?
A. Of the approximately 18 cents kept for local government services 28% goes to Public Safety; 21% pays for Public Works; 11% pays for insurance including liability, workers compensation and health. The rest goes to the Joint Library of the Chathams and for all other municipal services.
Q. What percentage of taxes is collected from residential property owners vs. commercial property owners?
A. The Township is predominantly residential. Therefore, residential property owners pay about 96% of the property taxes.
Q. Do I need to pay a tax bill even if I have not received a tax bill in the mail?
A. Yes. The State requires that residents pay their tax bills on time or there will be interest charged. See the Online Payments section of the Website for more details, tax due dates and online payment options.
Q. Where can I park for train service to New York?
A. There are train stations located in Chatham Borough, Madison and Summit with Mid-town Direct Service. Each has daily commuter parking available for a fee. There are also stations in Berkeley Heights and New Providence for the Peapack Gladstone Line with transfers in Summit. New Providence has a limited number of commuter permits available for Township residents.
Q. Are Chatham Township Committee meetings televised?
A. The Township Committee meetings are televised live on Comcast Channel 29 and FIOS Channel 26. Meetings are usually held the second and fourth Thursdays at 7:30PM in the Township Municipal Building at 58 Meyersville Road. In addition, the video is also posted on the Township website after the meeting for on-demand viewing.
Q. What recreational activities are available in the Township?
A. Chatham Township, in partnership with Chatham Borough, offers a full youth recreation program including baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, football, cheerleading, field hockey, summer sports camps and band and orchestra programs. Several sports are run as clubs. See the Recreation section of the Township Website for more information about Chatham Recreation. Click here for Chatham Parks and Recreation
Q. Does the Township have a municipal pool?
A. The Township owns and operates Colony Pool and Tennis, a membership supported facility offering swimming and tennis. Colony Pool is located at Spring St. and School Ave.
Q. Are there any golf courses and private clubs in Chatham Township?
A. The Fairmount Country Club and golf course is a private club located in the Township. There are many other golf courses in the region including 4 public courses that are owned and operated by the Morris County Park Commission. Summit operates a Municipal par three course with limited access by Township residents.
Additionally, both the Chatham Club and the private Noe Pond Swim Club are located on Southern Boulevard.
Q. Where is the municipal building located?
A. The Municipal Offices are located at 58 Meyersville Road. The administrative offices, construction office and Recreation director are all located there. The Senior Center and Board of Education Administrative Offices are also located in the municipal building. Municipal Court for Chatham Township is administered by the Borough of Madison.
Q. How can I contact the Mayor and Township Committee Members?
A. To email the Mayor and Township Committee members, Click on the Contact tab on the top menu of any web page. Regular Mail – 58 Meyersville Road Chatham, NJ 07928.
Q. How can I contact the Senior Center?
A. The Senior Center’s phone number is 973-635-4565 and is located in the lower level of 58 Meyersville Road.
Q. At what time can construction work begin?
A. Monday through Friday – 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday – 8:00 AM to 6:00 P.M.
Sundays & Holidays – No contractor may operate on Sundays and Holidays
Q. Where is the Municipal Court?
A. By arrangement with neighboring communities, the Chatham Township Municipal Court is administered by, and located in, the Borough of Madison
Q. How can I get alerts from the Township in times of weather or other emergencies?
A. Smart 911 is Chatham Township’s Emergency & Community alert system. The alert system is administered by Everbridge a leading provider of critical communication solutions. If you previously registered for ‘Everbridge Alerts’ you do not need to re-register, however you can update and review your profile or register for the first time here. You can elect to receive alerts by phone, e-mail or text message.