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When your permit application is reviewed, you will be contacted immediately. We work to process all permit applications as promptly as possibly. If you have not been contacted, your permit application is still in the review process.
You can schedule an inspection by calling 973-535-7953 or by stopping by the Livingston Building Department at 357 South Livingston Avenue, 2nd floor, between 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. You must have a valid permit number in order to schedule all inspections.
There are a variety of times at which you’ll need an inspection. For a complete list, see our Required Inspection Checklist (PDF).
No. You will need a smoke detector certification, which you can obtain by calling the Livingston Fire Department at 973-992-2373. However, we recommend that you call the Building Department at 973-535-7957 to determine if there are any open permits on your property, which could slow the process of selling your home.
No, not for the cabinets. However, if there will be new electric or plumbing, or if any structural changes are being made, a permit is required.
Sink - no; toilet - no; tub - no; as long as they are direct replacement with no change in location.
Otherwise, a permit is required.
Any shed over 200 square feet needs a building permit and zoning approval. Anything 200 square feet or smaller requires only zoning approval.
Yes. A Building Permit is required for any fence going around a swimming pool, spa, or hot tub. The fence must comply with Appendix G (PDF) of the 2006 International Residential Code NJ edition. You can pick up a permit package from the Building Department at 357 S. Livingston Avenue, 2nd floor, or online here.
A Zoning Permit is required for any fence on your property other those listed above. You must comply with Fence Ordinance (PDF) and file for a Residential Zoning Permit (PDF). For more information, please call Tom Potere in the Zoning Department at 973-992-1595.
According to New Jersey Government Energy Aggregation (NJGEA):
Government Energy Aggregation is a program that allows local governments in the Garden State to create a large buying group of residential and non-residential electricity accounts in order to seek bids for cheaper energy rates.
Customers served by New Jersey utilities Atlantic City Electric Company (AECO), Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), and Orange & Rockland (NJ Division: Rockland Electric Company, RECO) receive their power at a fixed rate, set annually via a series of energy auctions, and regulated by the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
By aggregating, or grouping, a large number of residential and non-residential accounts together, economies of scale are created. These economies of scale set conditions for participating municipalities to achieve greater savings during a competitive bid situation than could normally have been achieved by the individual customer.
The key benefit to Government Energy Aggregation is the ability for residential and non-residential account holders to save money on their electric bills. Based on current market conditions, individual accounts can potentially save 12% off of their entire bill, up to 17% or more off of the supply portion (only) of their bill.
A large portion of those savings will find their way back into local economies and benefit the entire community.
The colored markings or flags mean the following:
In general, asphalt pavement deteriorates over time due to traffic loading and weathering. The Township focuses on preventative maintenance treatments such as crack sealing and micro-surfacing, as well as more expensive asphalt overlays and reconstruction. A preventative maintenance treatment extends the asphalt pavement life and helps significantly lower the maintenance costs as well as avoid expensive roadway reconstruction and overlays.
In April 2010, each Township street was rated from 0.00 to 100.0 based on the current condition of the road surface, curbing, and drainage by an independent consultant. From these ratings the Township developed our initial 10-year Capital Improvement Program to prioritize road improvements. Upon development of this initial project list, Engineering staff continue to perform field inspections and surveys of the streets to verify condition assessments and confirm project prioritization. The ratings were last updated in 2013 to account for condition changes from 2010.
Based on available funding, the top priority projects on the list are recommended for resurfacing each year. Unfortunately many streets are unable to be repaved each year due to limited funding availability and are rescheduled for the next budget year. Additionally, the Township coordinates with utility companies to determine if any off our selected streets will be excavated in the near future for underground utilities replacement including gas, sewer and water main repairs to ensure that excavations are completed prior to resurfacing.
The Township Public Works Department will install traffic signs based on recommendations from the Police Department. Concerned residents should contact the Traffic Division of the Police Department with their requests.
A Utility Easement indicates the presence of an underground utility pipe (drainage, sanitary sewer and/or water main) running through part of the property. The easement is made so the appropriate party can enter the land should service or work on the pipe or other accessory structure (manhole, inlet) ever be necessary. The easement precludes the erection of sheds, decks, patios or other structures.
A Conservation Easement means the area within the easement is to remain as is (conserved). Therefore, clearing (tree or shrub removal), grading, erection of pools, fences, sheds, decks or any other structures is not permitted.
Unfortunately, sidewalks are the responsibility of the Homeowner and must be cleaned and maintained in good condition by such.
View a list of county roads and state highways on the road listing page.
Step by step instructions to view the FEMA Flood Map for your property through FEMA’s Map Service Center can be found on the map page.
Please call the Fire Department at 973-992-2373 to obtain a tent permit and find out the necessary requirements.
Contact the Township Water Department at 973-535-7951 to report a leaking fire hydrant.
Starting September 1, 2020, contact RTS -- Livingston’s garbage collection vendor -- with any issues or questions regarding trash pickup:
To sign up for Rear-Yard / Back Door Pickup Service, please contact LivingstonRY@rts.com.
Those at Livingston Town Hall cannot typically help answer questions about trash.
For information about what and how to recycle, please view the Resident's Guide (PDF).
For any issues or questions regarding recycling pickup, please contact Waste Industries, LLC, directly by calling 908-436-1966 or by visiting their website. Those at Livingston Town Hall cannot typically help answer questions about missed pickups.
Visit our Special Items page for information about leaves, batteries, Christmas trees, dead animals, electronics and more.
View the alphabetical list of streets to find your garbage collection days.
View the alphabetical list of streets to find your recycling collection days.
View the alphabetical list of streets to find your leaf collection zone.
Open positions are posted on the Township website's Employment Opportunities page. We also post openings on the bulletin boards throughout the various Township buildings. When advertising, we use local newspapers and/or specific professional or trade publications that are appropriate to the open position. We may also post open positions at local colleges or on various websites.
Visit our Employment Opportunities page to view our current openings. To apply for one of the open positions, click on the position title and review the associated job description, and then click Apply Online. Complete and submit the application form.
If you are having difficulty submitting an application, please contact us.
Visit our Internships page to find instructions and to download the application form!
The Township’s water distribution system is a complex network of pipes and storage tanks where sediment or deposits may naturally accumulate over time. If not removed, these materials may cause water quality deterioration, taste and odor problems, or discoloration of the water. Water may also stagnate in lesser used parts of the distribution system, resulting in degraded water quality.
In Spring 2018, Water Division employees will perform the hydrant flushing between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and in some cases between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Residents are reminded to refrain from doing laundry and using hot water during the hydrant flushing hours.
If the tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment and discoloration. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes to allow fresh water to work its way into your pipes.
If the water doesn’t clear after a few minutes, turn it off, wait a few more minutes and try running the cold water again. Although unlikely, there may be cases in which you may experience slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.
Check your faucet and washer screens for trapped debris.
When a hydrant is opened, there will always be temporary incidences of discolored water containing fine sediment particles. There is no health hazard associated with discolored water. Allow a few hours for discoloration to dissipate. To verify the water has settled, allow your cold water tap to run a few minutes. If the discoloration persists for more than 24 hours, please contact our Water Division at 973-535-7951.
It is recommended that customers wait until the water has cleared before using it for drinking or other purposes.
Water naturally contains minerals. These minerals normally and naturally react with the inside of the pipe to produce the silt by-product. The process can occur on the inside of the pipe and eventually cause the water quality to deteriorate, or cause taste or odor problems. Hydrant flushing removes much of this by-product. However, not all of it can always be flushed out. Some may still remain in the water, causing some discoloration until it again settles.
Livingston Township streets are divided into three sections. Find your street name on the Alphabetical List of Streets to look up your section (1, 2, or 3).
On the Leaf Collection page, you can view a map of the sections and find a basic description of the section divisions.
Please note that State and County roads are not included in the Township Leaf Collection Program; information about weekly pickup of bagged leaves on these roads is also available on the Leaf Collection page.
If you missed your section's first collection week, don't worry! Public Works will return to all three sections during the final week of the Leaf Collection program. Do not place more leaves in the street until the next scheduled date.
View the Leaf Collection Program Schedule on the Leaf Collection page for this year's dates. Be sure to note the final date to put leaves in the street.
Once the first pickup period for your section has passed, do not place more leaves in the street until the next scheduled date. Public Works will return to all three sections toward the end of the Leaf Collection Program.
View the Leaf Collection page to find this year's schedule by section. Be sure to note the final date to put leaves in the street.
The Township Leaf Collection Program schedule and sections are for municipal streets only. Leaf collection on Essex County Roads and State Highway Rt. 10 will occur once per week during the leaf collection season. Leaves along these roads must be bagged (PDF).
Livingston Township provides free paper leaf bags to property owners on these roads. Residents can pick up leaf bags at:
Public Works Garage
235 S. Livingston Avenue
8 am to 3 pm on weekdays
during the designated period each year. Proof of address must be provided. See the Leaf Collection page for this year's dates.
Be sure to note the final date that paper-bagged leaves may be placed at the curb for collection on State and County Roads.
State and County roads are:
The Alphabetical List of Streets also indicates which streets are State/County roads.
The Livingston Municipal Court is located at 357 S. Livingston Avenue in Livingston, New Jersey. Free parking is located behind the building.
The Violations Bureau is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Livingston Municipal Court meets every Wednesday evening, with traffic pre-trial conferences at 5 p.m., and traffic trials at 6 p.m., and every Thursday with first appearances at 9 a.m. and trials at 10 a.m.
The phone number for the Livingston Municipal Court is 973-535-7970 and the fax is 973-535-7997.
Certain tickets can be paid through the Violations Bureau while others will require you to appear before the judge. If your ticket is checked “Court Appearance Required” or the penalty amount is not listed on the statewide or local violations bureau schedules, you must appear in Court on the date listed on the complaint. You can also check this by visiting the website listed on the back of the ticket. It will tell you if you need to appear in Court or can just pay the ticket.
You can pay your ticket in one of three ways:
1. Visit the Violations Bureau located at 357 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039.
2. Mail your payment to the Violations Bureau using the same address (above).
3. Pay your ticket over the internet.
If your ticket is not marked “Court Appearance Required”, you may enter your plea of Not Guilty by either calling the Court at 973-535-7970 or appearing at the Violations Bureau. Court staff will then schedule your case for a conference or a trial date depending on the charge.
Once you are assigned a Court date, all requests to adjourn that date must be made in writing to the judge. They may either be faxed to 973-535-7997 or mailed to Livingston Municipal Court, 357 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039. An adjournment is not automatically granted by sending a letter. You must still appear unless you have received confirmation from Court staff the date has been changed.
For certain charges with consequences of magnitude such as a large fine, loss of driving privilege, or incarceration you may eligible for the Public Defender if you are financially indigent. If you can afford to hire your own attorney, you can call either the Essex County Bar Association or the New Jersey Bar Association for a referral. Court staff cannot recommend an attorney to you.
If you disagree with the judge’s decision, you have the right to appeal your case to the Superior Court within 20 days of conviction. To do so you must file notice with the Court and order a transcript of the proceeding. A convenient packet is available from the New Jersey Judiciary that explains the process step by step and provides all the necessary forms. It may be downloaded online.
No. Parking in the roadway is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. If for some reason you need to leave a vehicle in the roadway overnight, you must call Police Headquarters prior to 2 a.m., and request permission. Permission will not be granted if the road is snow covered. To request permission, call 973-992-3000 and choose option Number 4.
Yes. Per Township Ordinance 274-6, it shall be the duty of the owner, occupant or tenant of any lot, parcel of land, or real property in the Township abutting or bordering on the sidewalks of a public street in the Township to remove or cause to be removed all snow and ice from the sidewalk area in front of or bordering his lands, within 12 hours of daylight after the snow has ceased to fall.
Also, note Township Ordinance 274-10 states that no person, including the owner, tenant or occupant of any premises abutting on any street shall throw, place or deposit upon any sidewalk or street in the Township, any snow or ice which has accumulated within the private property of such person, owner, tenant or occupant.
You must obtain an application from the Livingston Police Department Records Division and have your physician certify the application. The application MUST be completed by a licensed physician or it will not be accepted. Return the completed application tot he Records Division along with a $4 check or money order made out to New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Please note that permanent handicapped parking placards may only be obtained through the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
For more information, please contact 973-992-3000, ext. 3400 or see the Police Records Division page.
See the Police Records Division page.
A summons can be paid at the Livingston Municipal Court located in Livingston Town Hall, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Court may be reached at 973-535-7970.
The Police Department not longer provides fingerprinting services for employment, background checks, immigration or any other non-criminal justice purpose unless the fingerprints are required for a federal purpose, or an out-of-state background check.
This service is now performed by Sagem Morpho, a New Jersey State Police vendor. Access the online fingerprinting form. The required paperwork is also available a the Livingston Police Department Records Division. For more information, contact 973-992-3000, ext. 3400.
Review our Alarm Information available on the Forms page.
The Livingston Police Department does not solicit over the telephone. Livingston police officers are members of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association: Local 263. Livingston PBA Local 263 does conduct a solicitation through the mail, usually once annually.Telephone calls from other groups representing themselves as “law enforcement” organizations are frequently made by telemarketing firms. These solicitations do not benefit the Livingston Police Department or PBA Local 263 in any way. These telemarketers are not police officers, and often use high-pressure tactics to get you to participate. Some will even say that they are affiliated with other local police agencies.We urge you to use extreme caution should you decide to contribute to these companies. If you wish to contribute to a telemarketing solicitation, always ask or the name, address and telephone number so that you may call back after careful consideration. Most of them will not give out this information. You may also ask for financial statements and/or budget information prior to making your decision.
Our street address is:333 S. Livingston AvenueLivingston, NJ 07039
View our Staff Directory listing for a map and directions.
If so, you may submit it for possible inclusion, Contact Us for additional information.
You should call 911 only for an emergency. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. Examples include:
Important: If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, we recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help.
If you dial 911 by mistake, or if a child in your home dials 911 when no emergency exists, do not hang up—that could make the dispatcher think that an emergency exists, and possibly send responders to your location. Instead, stay on the line and simply explain to the call-taker what happened.
If you are reporting a medical emergency, the dispatcher will ask you questions regarding the injured or sick person.
If a crime is involved, and you saw or can see a suspect, be prepared to give a description:
If a vehicle is involved, you will be asked to describe it:
You may report a concern by using our easy online form or by calling 973-992-5000, ext. 5522. Before you report a concern online, please try using the search box on the website. You may find what you need without having to submit a request.
If you are reporting a concern online, in addition to an email address, please include your name, address, email address, and/and telephone number. You will have to provide the street location of the incident and state your issue or concern. If you are reporting a concern by calling 973-992-5000, ext. 5522, you need only the street location or address and a description of the issue.
You can open an email account using Google’s Gmail or Yahoo Mail in less than five minutes.
Yes. Anonymous requests are accepted online, or you may report a concern anonymously by calling 973-992-5000, ext. 5522.
However, you will not receive any status updates.
If you have an emergency, call 911 as you normally would. The Service Request form and phone number are only for non-emergency requests, questions, and information.
Many types of Service Requests will prompt you for further information, which will assist the responder in resolving and closing your request. The more you can tell us about the issue and its location, the faster your request can be resolved.
The time it takes to close, or resolve, a Service Request varies from request to request, depending on the issue and the tasks required. Staff members attempt to resolve every request as quickly as possible. For example, as long as weather permits, a pothole reported in the morning will often be filled by the evening of the same day.
You should receive a notification after you create your Service Request and another when it is closed / resolved. You may receive additional updates depending on the person handling it and the issue itself.
If you provided your contact information when submitting your request and haven’t received notification that your Service Request has been closed/resolved within a month, you may call 973-992-5000, ext. 5522 to check its status. Please have your Service Request ID Number ready when you call.
Using this Service Request System helps to ensure that all issues reported by our citizens are handled appropriately and as quickly as possible. The system’s reporting capabilities also help us make well-informed decisions about staffing and equipment needs, project priorities and management, and budget requests and creation.
Swift 911 is an ultra high-speed communication service for sending emergency notifications and information. Alerts can go out as telephone calls to landlines or cell phones, or as emails or text messages.
Note: The information within the Swift911 system is used only for the purpose of these types of notifications. It is not shared or sold or made available for use by outside individuals or entities.
Use the website to access the access the Swift911 System. Sign up, or sign in, any time and make sure all your information is up to date. You can add emails, landlines and cell numbers. Enroll each person in your family separately so that everyone receives important messages.
The Swift 911 system uses a publicly available list of phone numbers for residents and businesses. So:
If you don’t have access to a computer, complete the Swift911 registration form (PDF) and return it to:Township of LivingstonAttention: Swift911357 S Livingston AvenueLivingston, NJ 07039To change your info or unsubscribe, send your information to the address above and note your changes or request that you be removed, or complete the Swift911 registration form (PDF) and check the “Change info” box or the “Remove me” box at the bottom left.
You can choose to unsubscribe at any time. If you have no access to a computer, send your information to the address above and request that you be removed, or complete the Swift911 registration form (PDF) and check the “Remove me” box at the bottom left. If you can visit the website, simply log into the system and choose that option.
Taxes are billed once a year with four quarterly stubs containing the amounts due and the due dates. This generally occurs at the end of June or July. Unless extended by action of the Township Council, taxes are due on the first day of February, May, August and November.
According to the New Jersey State Statute 54:4-64, non-receipt of a tax bill does not release you from payment. If you do not receive a bill please call 973-992-5000, ext. #5121, #5122, #5123 or #5124 and you will be provided with the amount or a duplicate tax bill.
The minimum amount you have to pay is all interest accumulated to date and the quarterly payment that is past due.
No. New Jersey statutes do not permit the waiver or cancellation of any interest charges.
No. New Jersey statutes specify that taxes are due on the first day in which they are assessed. In other words, taxes are due the first of the year. State law already provides for partial payments by apportioning the annual tax bill into four quarterly payments.
Your closing attorney is responsible for appropriating the proper payments of your tax bill. The current tax bill should be given to the new owner or his paying agent upon sale of the property.
Please notify the Tax Collector’s office in writing to ensure that future tax bills are sent directly to you. Or you may download the form for Change of Mortgage Status (PDF) and mail it to us. Please use your advice copy tax bill to make payments until new bills are issued.
Yes. Please notify the Tax Collector’s office in writing. Or download the form for Change of Mailing Address (PDF) and mail it to us.
No, we do not. All payments are posted on the same date they are received in the Tax Collector’s office.
No. We do not accept postdated checks. All payments are posted on the date they are received.
New Jersey law requires municipalities to hold at least one tax sale per year if properties within the municipality are delinquent in paying their property taxes and/or other municipal charges.
At the Tax Sale, the title to the delinquent property is not sold. Instead, a Tax Sale Certificate – a lien on the property – is sold. This offers the property owner an opportunity to pay back the lien over a specific period of time, rather than losing the property outright to foreclosure.
The taxpayer has two years from the date of the Tax Sale to redeem the lien by paying the full amount of the lien – including the delinquent taxes and charges, plus interest, penalties, and authorized fees and costs. If the lien is not redeemed by this time, the lien holder may exercise the right to start the foreclosure process.
Applies to the CURRENT year taxes and/or other municipal charges that remain owing and due after the statutory due date (November 10). The municipality will enforce the collection of those charges by offering the property for sale. This will cause a Tax Sale Certificate to be sold and filed against the property. The property will be subject to foreclosure proceedings if not redeemed within the stated two years from the date of the Tax Sale.
The exact date of the sale will be posted on the Township’s website after November 10th.
Applies to the PRIOR year taxes and/or other municipal charges that remain owing and due in the current year. The municipality will enforce the collection of those charges by offering the property for sale. This will cause a Tax Sale Certificate to be sold and filed against the property. The property will be subject to foreclosure proceedings if not redeemed within the stated two years from the date of the Tax Sale.
Due to public health and safety issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 177 stating that the November 3, 2020 General Election will be conducted primarily via vote-by-mail ballots.
Individuals who physically visit polling places will be given a paper Provisional ballot to complete. The Provisional Ballot is similar to a paper vote-by-mail ballot.
A Provisional Ballot is a paper ballot filled out by an individual visiting a polling place. Once completed, placed in an envelope and sealed by the voter, the ballot is handed to the board worker, who will put the envelope into a special container.
No Provisional Ballot is counted at the polling place. All Provisional Ballots are taken to the County Commissioner of Registration’s office after the close of polls for verification and counting by the County Board of Election.
All voters can call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837) after the election to find out whether their Vote-by-Mail or Provisional ballot was counted. If your ballot was not counted, you can find out why it was rejected.
Voters can also track your ballot online by setting up a public access account on the Secretary of State’s website. To set up an account, you must provide your driver’s license number, last four digits of Social Security number or Voter ID number. The system compares that to your voter file to verify your account. If your file does not contain some of that information, you may have difficulty creating an account.
Individuals having difficulty with the website should call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837).
The limited numbers of polling places that will be available for the November 3, 2020 General Election are specifically to accommodate individuals who are visually impaired, or the limited number of those who must for some reason vote by Provisional ballot.
The voting machines at those locations are specifically designed for use by individuals who are unable to complete the written Vote-by-Mail ballots due to sight impairment.
There will be no standard voting machines at any open polling location in New Jersey.
Livingston’s water contains 14 GPG (Grains Per Gallon).
If you’re setting up a water softener unit, you’ll probably want to set it for 13 and then adjust up or down, according to preference. The higher the number, the softer the water will be.
No. However, the water does contain some naturally occurring fluoride.
No. Most of our water comes from wells here in Livingston, which are spread throughout the Township and are interconnected. That way, if one well has a problem, residents still have water access and volume. Water pressure may be affected during times of high usage, and water pressure levels may temporarily change. We also purchase water from New Jersey American Water Company in Short Hills.
This condition is typically caused by air pockets in the line. The remedy is to let the faucets run briefly (for approximately 1 minute).
The air pockets create the white water; if you see discolored water - anything from brown to rust to yellow - do not use hot water! Just let the cold water run.
Discolored water is the result of iron content that was disturbed from the Water Main located in the middle of the road. Running hot water while water is discolored will pull the stirred iron content into your water heater and may cause significant damage to the unit.