The Municipal Clerk serves as Secretary to the governing body, and is the custodian of all minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds and archival records of the municipality. The Township Clerk's office issues dog, liquor, and raffles licenses; manages public records requests; registers voters and provides general information to the public.
Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
- Click here for a dog/cat license application.
MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION
- Click here to for information on marriage licenses.
- Call for appointment 973-635-3209
OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT
The New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) established two items important to people seeking local, county or state government information. First, it provided a definition of what is considered a public government record. Second, it established a process with timeframes for making formal requests for government records. The following information below is provided for people seeking to make an OPRA request for Township of Chatham governmental records.
OPRA designates the Township Clerk as the official custodian of local government records. However it is possible for a municipality to appoint sub-custodians who can also accept OPRA requests. Check with the Township Clerk to find out where your request should be submitted.
What is a Public Record?
A public record is considered printed documents such as:
- Agendas, minutes, budget worksheets and presentations, contracts, bills, vouchers
- Handwritten Documents
- Books, Maps and Photographs
- Tape and Video Recordings
- Computer Records and E-Mail
- Electronically Stored Information
- Where a record does not exist and one must be created to respond to a request.
Information that would jeopardize security.
- If the record is electronic, the municipality is not obligated to provide the software to view the record.
- Personal Information such as social security number, driver license number, unlisted phone number.
- Public Defender files
How do I request a public record?
- View the Chatham Township request for government record form here.
What are the costs?
Except as otherwise provided by law or regulation, the fee assessed for photocopying a printed government record: 8 1/2 X 11 (or 14) inches shall be:
- $0.05 per page for letter size paper & smaller
- $0.07 per page for legal size paper & larger
- $1.79 for Audio CDs
- Fees for reproducing other government records are set forth by Township Code.
Other Governmental Records
If you are seeking Morris County or State of New Jersey government records, please view the following links.
Voting is one of the basic rights of every citizen of the United States. A single registration filed with the Township or County Clerk enables citizens of the United States to vote in federal, state, county, and municipal elections. To register to vote in New Jersey you must be 18 years of age, be a citizen of the U.S.A., and reside in New Jersey as your principal residence for 30 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote. You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent.