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Please go to the Clerks ordinance database to find the most recent updates to City ordinances including information regarding the noise ordinance.
The City Clerk’s office administers the applications. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us at 908-273-6400.
The City Clerk’s office administers the applications. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 908-273-6400 for more information or if you have any questions. Limousine Driver Application
Limousine Owner Application
Taxi Driver Application
Taxi Owner Application
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Department of Community Services (DCS) counter hours to schedule an inspection are 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday. - Electrical inspections occur 8:30 - 11 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. - Plumbing and Mechanical inspections occur 8 a.m. - Noon, Monday through Friday. - Fire inspections occur 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday. For Fire inspections, the Fire inspector is also a full-time Firefighter and is subject to emergencies and time changes.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Department of Community Services (DCS) counter hours to schedule an inspection are 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday.
Building inspections occur 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday. Electrical inspections occur 8:00 – 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Plumbing and Mechanical inspections occur 8:00 a.m. - Noon, Monday through Friday.
Fire inspections occur 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. For Fire inspections, the Fire inspector is also a full-time Firefighter and is subject to emergencies and time changes. If you have any questions, please contact the Construction Office in person or by calling 908-273-6408.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Department of Community Services (DCS) counter hours to schedule an inspection are 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday. All inspections on Fridays during Memorial Day and Labor Day will be performed between 8 a.m. – noon.
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The permit may be purchased for $10 per vehicle, or $5 per vehicle for Seniors over 62 years of age, with proof of your residency, vehicle registration and insurance card at the Parking Services Agency (City Hall, 2nd floor, 512 Springfield Avenue) where you will receive a permanent permit immediately. If an independent contractor is hired to haul away storm debris (excluding tree trunks, stumps, logs, or construction debris), they must purchase a commercial coupon (pass) from the Department of Community Services (DCS), City Hall, 2nd Floor, 512 Springfield Avenue, prior to entering the Transfer Station.
If you are using someone else's vehicle (other than your own), please present proof of your residency and the vehicle information to DCS in order to receive a free temporary pass.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Department of Community Services at 908-273-6404 or SummitDCS@cityofsummit.org.
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*Emancipated minor means a person who is under 18 years of age but who has been married, has entered military service, has a child or is pregnant, or has been legally declared by a court or administrative agency to be emancipated.
The judge can order the police to escort the abuser to remove personal items from the residence or shared place of business, so that the police protects you during any necessary contact. The judge has the power under the law to order anything else that will help to protect you, as long as you agree to it.
A victim, of any age, who has been subjected to domestic violence by a person with whom the victim has a child in common, or if the victim is pregnant by a man who she says will be the father of the child when the pregnancy is carried to term is also covered by this law. A victim, of any age, also includes any person who has been subjected to domestic violence by a person with whom the victim has had a dating relationship.
If it is after hours a holiday, or a weekend, you can go to your local police department to obtain an order. They can call a judge to get an order that starts immediately. You will be asked to speak to the judge by telephone. If English is not a language you usually speak, you may want to bring a friend with you to interpret. An interpreter should be provided for you any time you are scheduled to appear in court, but might not be available at the police station.
During the 10-day period the police or Sheriff's Office will serve the abuser with a copy of the order, so the abuser will know when the hearing is. Keep a copy of the order with you and give a copy to the police in any town where you think the abuser might bother you.
For very serious crimes, the county prosecutor may take your case to state criminal court. You do not have to file criminal charges, but the law does allow you to file them if you choose, even if you also get a restraining order. You have a year after any incident to file criminal charges. The police can also file charges on their own and must do so when you show signs of injury or if a weapon was used. If the abuser is found guilty of the criminal charges, the court can impose fines, probation, or even jail as punishment.
You have the right to police protection. If you carry your order with you at all times, it will be easier for the police to understand your current situation. If you lose your order, or it gets destroyed, return to the court and obtain another copy.
The phone number for Rebate questions is 888-238-1233 or visit their website.
Please keep newspapers separate, either in brown paper bags or tied with string (not tape or wire). Rinse out all bottles and cans and place them mixed together in a sturdy reusable container.
We also collect magazines and corrugated cardboard, which should be tied both ways with twine.
The bags and containers must not be placed at the curb prior to the night before the scheduled pickup.
Additional information, including the pickup schedule, is available at the Department of Community Services at City Hall or by phone at 908-273-6404.
The Transfer Station and Compost and Recycling Center is for Summit residents – you must reside at your Summit address. If it is a rental property, the tenant may apply for a permit to use the facilities; the owner is considered to be in business and must purchase a coupon from the Department of Community Services to use the facilities.
A digital permit is required to enter. Purchase a permit here, after creating a personal account and uploading a scanned copy of your vehicle registration. More information on digital permits is available here.
Building materials will be accepted at the transfer station from the homeowner only, in limited quantities not in excess of 40 gallons per trip. Building materials are never accepted from contractors. NO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS accepted! The Union County Utilities Authority holds Hazardous Collection Days at various locations, three to four times a year so that you may dispose of your hazardous materials.
Commercial vehicles include rental trucks, vans, pickups or any vehicles that are marked with the business name or that indicate on the license plate that they are commercial. No commercial vehicles are allowed in the transfer station on Saturdays or holidays. They may use the compost and recycling areas only.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Department of Community Services (DCS) counter hours are 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday.
Recycling in the City of Summit is picked up weekly on Thursday by Basso Recycling. If your recycling was not picked up today, please contact Basso at 1-844-374-2998.
Garbage is collected from the rear of the house. Just keep the cans covered and in the same location each week, and provide a clear path for the crew to collect them. Cans must not be placed at the curb. You may call (908) 273-6404 to determine your collection day.
Garbage cans must be watertight metal or plastic cans with tight-fitting lids, and must not weigh more than 75 pounds each.
An application to receive a certified copy of any vital record must be completed and accompanied by valid acceptable identification and payment. Please click on the link below for the application. See identification requirements and fee schedule listed in the FAQs section.
No, it is the administrative policy of the State Office of Vital Statistics that vital record information is not to be given out over the phone.
Parents should wait at least 10 business days from the date of birth. It is highly recommended to mail the application along with a copy of your valid acceptable identification and payment (see below).
No, requests can only be made by in-person or by mail. In-person requests are processed as they are received. Requests made by mail are processed within 3-5 business days, based upon number of requests received.
-Valid driver's license with current address
-Two alternate forms of identification, both must show the current address. Alternate forms of identification must be VALID. We do not accept any expired identification.
-Vehicle insurance card
-Permanent resident card (Green Card)
-School ID (Must contain student's name and current school year)
-Utility bill (dated within previous 90 days)
-Bank statement (dated within previous 90 days)
-W-2 current or previous tax year
We DO NOT accept:
-Social security card
-A last will and testament
People who are homeless should have their social worker or homeless shelter coordinator call our office directly. People who are incarcerated can provide legal imprisonment, conviction papers or release documents that include the name, social security number and all possible aliases used in the past or identification from a prison/probation official dated within 90 days. Please do not mail in original identification documents, only copies are required. In person orders must present original identification.
-The subject of the record-The subject's parent, legal guardian or legal representative-The subject's spouse/civil union partner/domestic partner-Child, grandchild or sibling (legal age)-A state or federal agency for official purposes-Pursuant to court order
Your own birth certificate: your valid identification is acceptable; however, if you have assumed your spouse/civil union partner's surname or have had a legal name change, provide a copy of your marriage/civil union certificate or court order to link the name on your current ID to the name on your birth certificate.
Your child's birth certificate: if the name on your identification matches the name of the child's parent then your identification will establish your relationship. If your current name does not match the name as recorded on the birth certificate, as the parent, you will need to supply a copy of your marriage/civil union certificate or proof of legal name change.
Your spouse/civil union partner: provide a copy of your marriage/civil union certificate.
Your parent or sibling's vital record: provide a copy of YOUR birth certificate with parents' names. If your current name does not match the name as recorded on the birth certificate, you will need to supply a copy of your marriage/civil union certificate or proof of legal name change.
Your grandparent's vital record: you must establish that you are the person's grandchild by linking the name on your identification to the name of the grandparent. For example, if you changed your last name after marriage/civil union and want a grandparent's vital record, you must: 1.) Provide your marriage/civil union certificate to show your name at birth 2.) Provide your LONG FORM birth certificate to identify your parent 3.) Provide the parent's LONG FORM birth certificate to identify the grandparent.
Death Certificate: To get a certified copy you must provide proof of your relationship to the person listed on the vital record and the proof must establish you are one of the following:
•The subject’s parent/sibling/spouse/child/grandchild
•You must be 18 years or older
•If your name has changed due to marriage, you must provide a raised seal marriage certificate issued only by a Registrar/Clerk to trace you back to your maiden name. Certificates issued by an Officiant/religious entity are not legal documents therefore, are unacceptable
•If your name has changed due to a legal name change, you must provide the court order as proof
•IF THE DECEDENT NAME HAS CHANGED DUE TO MARRIAGE, their marriage certificate would also be needed. If the decedent was married more than once, you must provide all marriage certificates necessary to trace the decedent back to their maiden name
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An executor of an estate you must supply proof of appointment as the executor by providing a surrogate certificate dated within the past year.
The legal representative of the executor of an estate must supply proof of legal retainer by the executor and proof of the appointment of the individual as the executor.
The legal representative of an individual that is eligible to receive a certified copy of a vital record must supply proof of legal retainer by the eligible individual and their proof of relationship.
Fee Schedule (Effective May 30, 2019)
CASHIER'S CHECK ONLY made payable to "City of Summit" in the exact amount
Cash payments are ONLY received in-person at the office counter and must be in the exact amount
Birth Certificate................................................................................................. $20.00
Death Certificate............................................................................................... $10.00
Marriage Certificate.......................................................................................... $20.00
Civil Union Certificate........................................................................................ $20.00
Domestic Partnership Certificate...................................................................... $20.00
Application Fee for Marriage/Civil Union License (Appointment only).............. $28.00
Domestic Partnership Registration (Appointment only).................................... $28.00
Fee to Amend a Vital Record (Appointment only)............................................. $50.00
As the eligible requestor, you must complete two forms. The REG 37a (application requesting a certified copy) and the REG 2 (delegating authority to someone to receive certified copy on your behalf) which must be notarized. The authorized individual must present their own valid ID. As the person making the request you must prove your relationship to the individual named on the record you are obtaining. The authorized individual must also present your proof of relationship and provide payment. Please see how to prove your relationship in the FAQ section.
Reg 37a / Reg 2 For BIRTH/DEATH Records / Reg 3 For MARRIAGE/CIVIL UNION Records
Reg 37b Español
The City of Summit uses Animal Control Solutions for animal control. They can be reached at 908-722-1271.
Lead is a toxic, naturally occurring element and heavy metal in our environment that was widely used in commercial products such as gasoline, paint, cosmetics, spices, and pottery. Lead exposure in children can cause nervous system and kidney damage, as well as learning disabilities, attention-deficit disorder, and decreased intelligence. It can also cause behavior, speech, and language problems, hearing damage, decreased muscle and bone growth, and poor muscle coordination.
All single-family, two-family, and multiple rental dwellings must be inspected. The following dwellings are exempt:
Dwellings with a valid lead-safe certificate issued pursuant to this law, P.L.2021, c.182. Lead-safe certificates are valid for two years from the date of issuance.
If lead-based paint hazards are identified, then the owner of the dwelling shall remediate the hazards through abatement or lead-based paint hazard control mechanisms. Property owners must also report all tenant turnover activity to the municipality. Lastly, property owners must provide a copy of N.J.A.C. 5:28A, any lead-safe certifications, and the accompanying guidance document, Lead-Based Paint in Rental Dwellings, to any prospective owners of the dwelling during the real estate transaction, settlement, or closing.
The law imposes an obligation on municipalities to perform or hire a certified lead evaluation contractor to perform inspections of certain single-family, two-family, and multiple rental dwellings for lead-based paint hazards every three years or upon tenant turnover where there is no valid lead-safe certification. Municipalities must permit dwelling owners/landlords to directly hire a certified lead evaluation contractor for this purpose.
If the dwelling owner has not cured the violation within 30 days, the owner shall be subject to a penalty not to exceed $1,000 per week until the required inspection has been conducted or remediation efforts have been initiated.
If the municipality has not cured the violation within 30 days, they shall be subject to a penalty not to exceed $1,000 per week until the necessary action has been taken.
Municipalities are authorized to conduct investigations and issue penalties to enforce a property owner’s failure to comply with the requirements of P.L.2021, c.182. If a municipality determines that a property owner has failed to comply with the requirements of this law, the property owner must be given 30 days to cure any violation by ordering the necessary inspection or by initiating remediation.
When a complaint is filed with the Department of Community Affairs, or of the Commissioner’s own accord, the Commissioner is authorized to conduct investigations and issue penalties against a municipality for its failure to comply with the requirements of P.L.2021, c.182. The Department will give the municipality 30 days to undertake necessary inspections and provide proof in the form of valid lead-safe certifications or notification that lead-based paint hazards exist in a dwelling.
Lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good condition, and the paint is not on an impact or friction surface, such as a window. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, or damaged paint) is a hazard and needs attention. Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is scraped, sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can reside on surfaces and objects that people touch.
For dwellings located in a municipality in which less than three percent of children tested, six years of age or younger, have a blood lead level greater than or equal to five micrograms per deciliter, the inspection may be carried out through visual inspection.
For dwellings located in a municipality in which at least three percent of children tested, six years of age or younger, have a blood lead level greater than or equal to five micrograms per deciliter, the inspection must be carried out through dust wipe sampling.
All rental dwelling units required to be inspected must be inspected for lead-based paint within two years of the effective date of the law, July 22, 2022, or upon tenant turnover, whichever is earlier. This means that the first inspection must take place no later than July 22, 2024.
After the initial inspection, all units shall be inspected for lead-based paint hazards every three years, or upon tenant turnover, whichever is earlier. An inspection upon tenant turnover is not required if the owner has a valid lead-safe certificate. Lead-safe certificates are valid for two years. If the lead-safe certificate has expired, and there will be a tenant turnover, an inspection will be necessary before the three-year inspection.
In all scenarios, the next inspection should be scheduled three years from the date of issuance of the most recent valid lead-safe certification.
Dust wipe sampling is collected by wiping a representative surface, including floors (both carpeted and uncarpeted), interior windowsills, and other similar surfaces, and testing in accordance with a method approved by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These samples must be undertaken properly to ensure that results are accurate.
A visual assessment is an examination of all painted building components for deteriorated paint or visible surface dust, debris, or residue. The inspector should also look for paint chips or dust from painting activities that were not cleaned up and paint residue on floors.
Interim controls are a set of measures designed to reduce temporarily human exposure or likely exposure to lead-based paint hazards, including specialized cleaning, repairs, maintenance, painting, temporary containment, ongoing monitoring of lead-based paint hazards or potential hazards.
Lead abatement is a set of measures designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs certifies lead evaluation contractors. The New Jersey Department of Health licenses individual lead inspectors and risk assessors.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs certifies lead abatement contractors; the New Jersey Department of Health licenses individual lead abatement workers; the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) contractors. These firms are certified to perform RRP projects that address lead-based paint in homes.
Municipalities must maintain a record of all dwellings subject to this Chapter which shall include up-to-date information on inspection schedules, inspection results, and tenant turnover. Municipalities must also maintain a record of all lead-safe certifications issued pursuant to this Chapter; any time a lead evaluation contractor performs the inspection, the lead evaluation contractor must provide a copy of any lead-safe certifications issued to the municipality. Finally, municipalities must maintain a record of all lead-free certifications issued pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:17.
In mediation, by contrast, you have significant control over the process. A court-appointed, trained mediator assists you and the person(s) with whom you are in conflict in negotiating a solution to your problem. It is a solution that both sides consider fair and reasonable. Mediation often results in a win-win outcome. Moreover, no one ever gets a police record.
Mediators do not decide who is right or wrong. They facilitate a discussion between the parties.
The parties are expected to negotiate in Good Faith. Both sides will be committed to reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.
Each side will be given an equal chance to talk, but only one person may speak at a time.
Name-calling, foul language, rowdy behavior, and threats will not be tolerated.
Only individuals directly involved in the dispute are allowed to be present at mediation sessions. Mediators are prohibited from discussing the dispute with anyone not directly involved.
Although not required for the purposes of mediation, evidence (e.g., receipts or photographs) may be submitted; and witnesses may appear so long as they contribute relevant information. Each party is responsible to arrange for the appearance of any witnesses.
Attorneys may attend mediation sessions in an advisory capacity, but they are not allowed to actively participate.
Mediation sessions are confidential. Disclosures and proposals made in an effort to resolve disputes cannot be used in any subsequent court proceeding concerning the matter.
Payment at street meters is required Monday through Saturday from 8AM to 6PM. All street meters are free after 6PM. and all day on Sunday. Fees are posted on meters. All meters accept coins and the Summit Smart Card. Meter feeding and meter jumping is prohibited. View fees and information on
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If a Police car pulls in behind you while driving and activates its emergency lights and/or siren, you should pull over to the side of the road as soon as it is safe. Once you have pulled over, you should put the car in park and turn on the interior light. This is for your safety as well as the safety of the Officer.
You have to remember that although you know you are a decent, law abiding citizen, the Police Officer behind you has no idea who you are and will be naturally cautious as numerous Officers are hurt and even killed each year during "routine" traffic stops. When approached by the Officer, you will be asked for you driver's license, vehicle registration card and proof of insurance for the car.
If you need to enter the glove compartment to retrieve the documents, just tell the Officer what you are doing and proceed to get your documents when instructed.
In order to make this traffic stop as safe and pleasant as possible for all involved, here are a few tips:• Do not make any sudden or violent movements.• Do not suddenly conceal or hide your hands.• Remain in the vehicle unless instructed to exit by the Officer.
As soon as the Officer has your documents, he will explain the reason for the traffic stop and may give a verbal warning, a written warning or issue you a traffic summons. If you have any questions, the Officer will attempt to answer them at the scene and will also provide you with the number for the Municipal Violations Bureau which is located on the back of the summons.
Call 911 for anything related to an emergency such as: •a crime that is occurring now •a car crash •a possible drunk driver •life threatening medical emergencies Call 908-273-0051 for all non-emergency related calls such as: •offenses that occurred in the past •non-life threatening traffic concerns •non urgent requests for police service
All requests for law enforcement service are assigned a priority based on the seriousness of the incident and the potential for injury or damage to property. At times, calls of less urgent natures must be delayed so that officers can respond immediately to emergencies.
At times, people may wonder why it seemed to take a long time for officers to arrive on the scene of a crime such as a robbery that just occurred where the perpetrator is making a getaway. The reason for this delay is that officers are:• Working to cut off escape routes• Securing perimeters of the area in case a K-9 track is required• Stopping suspicious vehicles leaving the area• Checking neighboring streets and structures in an attempt to catch the actor
The urgency of this type of call is not in responding to the scene as much as it is to trap and catch the fleeing suspect.
Summit PD makes every effort to arrive at your request for service as soon as possible and has an excellent time response in most incidents. As our officers are assigned a geographic area of the town to patrol, an officer is usually in the area of any dispatched call and can be on the scene almost immediately.
We thank you for your patience and understanding if you happen to call during one of those situations where the responding officer is delayed in responding to your call.
In addition, uniformed patrol officers are often in your neighborhood at times when you would not necessarily see them, such as peak times of criminal activity which may be when you are at work or asleep. If any area or neighborhood begins to experience an increase of crime or becomes the victim of a specific crime trend, specialized units and resources will be deployed to deal with the problem until order is restored.
We thank you for your cooperation in answering the questions necessary for the responding officers to best assist you with your situation.
Many times officers respond to an anonymous call about an incident and either cannot find the origin of the problem with the information given or the situation changes prior to their arrival but they have no way of knowing that. This can result in frustrated officers and the citizen feeling that the police department didn't do anything about their call.
We realize that in some circumstances, a person may not want neighbors to know that they have called the police and they don't want an officer to come to their door. However, something as simple as a telephone number by which to reach the complainant can make a significant difference in whether or not a situation is corrected or goes undiscovered or unidentified. You merely inform the call taker that you do not wish to be contacted in person but that the officer may call you in they need more information.
If you are calling to report an emergency, it is important to note that ALL 911 calls from cellular phones in New Jersey are answered by call takers from the New Jersey State Police. If you are reporting an incident which is occurring in Morristown, you may be transferred to the 911 center at Summit Police Headquarters by the initial call taker. This is because the 911 operator is much more familiar with Morristown and the surrounding area and can provide more assistance than the initial call taker. Furthermore, Summit PD 911 operator will have a direct radio link to responding officers, thereby reducing their response time.
Summit PBA Local #55, the union that represents your local police officers, conducts an annual sticker drive through the mail that is recognized by the City of Summit and the Police Department. Again, we will never contact you by telephone and encourage you to contact SPD with any questions or to report any suspicious requests for donations.
The Division of Public Works is responsible for clearing snow and ice from 66 miles of city streets and roads. Owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their property. Snow and ice must be removed from all sidewalks adjacent to properties without delay but not more than 24 hours after a snowfall or icing condition. A four-foot passageway must be maintained. For more information, view the Snow Guidelines.
A tree removal permit is required for the removal of a tree with a diameter of 16 inches or greater. This is a no-fee permit. For more information view the