Welcome to the official website of the Township of Scotch Plains, NJ. The government of Scotch Plains is committed to keeping you informed of important news and events and emergency situations. Sign up to receive text alerts from Union County First Alert.  Sign up for our email advisories and, check this website often for updates. 


* Please Note: The Municipal Building is open by appointment only. Call 908-322-6700.


Tax and other payments can be left in the drop box in the Police Department lobby or via online by clicking here

* Residents with local concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) should contact the Rahway Health Department at 732-827-2085.

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Do NOT Recycle Batteries in Single Stream Curbside Pickup!


Do NOT recycle batteries in single stream curbside collection as it may cause significant damage to the recycling facility during processing. 


For more information on how to recycle your batteries, please visit the Union County Recycling webpage

Get Latest Recycling Info on Recycle Coach App

The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach, a free app designed to help make recycling information more accessible to residents. Recycle Coach provides accurate up-to-date information on Scotch Plains recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly app format.   


Residents can access Recycle Coach from their mobile devices, desktop computers, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The Recycle Coach app is available to download free of charge on the Google Play and the Apple iTunes Store.


Click here for more information on the Recycle Coach App. 

Use Reusable Grocery Bags

Online Taxes and Sewer Payments

Online Tax Bill and Sewer Bill Payments are now available on the Township website. Making your payment online is fast, easy, and safe. In just a few minutes, your transaction will be complete. You can choose to pay by a Checking Account ACH Payment (e-Check) or by a Credit Card Payment. 


To accommodate those who cannot get to the Municipal Building during normal operating hours, a locked Dropbox has been installed in the vestibule of the Police Department. 

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Please Dispose Latex Gloves and Masks in Trash Bins -- DO NOT Recycle Them

We are receiving a high amount of latex gloves and masks in the recycling loads this week at Union County processing facility.   


These items are NOT considered household recycling and should be properly disposed as trash.     


The health and safety is our number one priority and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter. 

Downtown Committee

The Township has developed a committee comprised of approximately 20 members that includes Township officials, business and property owners, local residents and other experts.  


The landing page can be accessed by clicking here

Online Tax Account Page

The Township of Scotch Plains has simplified the Online Tax Payment process through a new one-stop landing page.


The new link allows residents to find their property by name or address and then directs the amount due for taxes and sewer payments. Click here to access the new landing page.    

Report a Pothole

To help preserve the local roads in Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form for residents. 

Report a Tree Concern

If you are having an issue or concern with a Township Tree, we're here to help. Please submit your request today through our Report a Tree Form by clicking on the link.

Medicine Drop Box

In an effort to curb pill and painkiller abuse, the Scotch Plains Police Department has launched the Project Medicine Dropbox for expired medications in pill form only.   


The collection box is located in the lobby of the Scotch Plains Police Department office on 430 Park Ave. Residents have access to the medicine dropbox 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If residents are interested in dropping medicine off beyond office hours, they must check in at the intercom at the side of the building to be buzzed in. 

Emergency Notification System: UC First Alert

The Township of Scotch Plains has transitioned from CodeRed to EverBridge, officially branded as Union County First Alert for its emergency notification system. 


Click here to register for emergency updates via Union County First Alert.

Reporting a Coyote Sighting in Scotch Plains

Due to the high number of calls/emails that pertain to coyote sightings and resident’s concerned for their safety or the safety of their family and/or pets, I have directed our Patrol Division that they are to respond to ALL calls pertaining to coyotes.


Please see the attached information pertaining to coyotes. If you see a coyote and are concerned about your safety or the safety of your family and/or pets, call the Police Department immediately and we will dispatch an officer to the scene!

Homeowners and Tenants Must Remove All Ice and Snow From Their Sidewalks

A reminder to our residents: homeowners and tenants are required to remove ice and snow from their sidewalks on public streets. It is a safety concern for the public if this is neglected. 


For more information on the local Township code for Snow and Ice please visit: www.ecode360.com/36452163

Township Officials Participate in Ceremonial Raising of the African American Heritage Flag

Township officials participated in a ceremonial raising of the African American Heritage Flag before Tuesday evening's Council Business Meeting in honor of Black History Month.   


During the meeting, the Council issued a proclamation recognizing Black History Month, which celebrates the achievements of African Americans and their pivotal role in American history. Proclamations for racial justice and condemning racism were also issued yesterday.   


Pictured from left to right: Mayor Josh Losardo, Councilmember Ellen Zimmerman and Councilmember Roc White.

Important Information Regarding Your 2020 Property Tax Reimbursement Application

The State recently mailed out 2020 Property Tax Reimbursement Applications to eligible homeowners. There is a page in the booklet that requires the verification and signature of the tax collector. Since our office is currently closed to the public, please use one of the following methods to get your paperwork completed by the tax collector:


Mail form to :


Tax Collector

430 Park Avenue

Scotch Plains NJ 07076


It will be completed and mailed back to you.


Drop off at Town Hall: Place the one page requiring the tax collectors verification and signature in an envelope and drop into the drop box located in the lobby of the police department. 


It will be completed and mailed back to you or you can leave your phone number and we will call you when it is ready to pick up.


The deadline to file is November 1, 2021

Scotch Plains Celebrates Black History Month

Scotch Plains celebrates Black History Month, a nationwide celebration of the achievements and contributions African Americans have made throughout U.S. history. 


We're very proud and fortunate to have such a rich heritage in our local community.

The Story of Shady Rest and John Shippen | February 25th at 7 p.m.

Join us for a special Zoom presentation of 'The Story of Shady Rest & John Shippen,' the first African American golf professional on Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.


The panel discussion will feature:  Sylvia Hicks, Scotch Plains resident part of the Preserve Shady Rest Committee Thurman Simmons, Scotch Plains resident part of the Preserve Shady Rest Committee Gary Jones, former caddie at the Shady Rest Golf Club Sheenah Pegeron, of the Shady Rest Golf Club Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/blacks-in-golf-tickets-139338959579?aff= to register watch the panel discussion. 


The Preserve Shady Rest Committee is comprised of local residents and supporters who believe in the importance of preserving the history of the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club, the first African American owned and operated country club in the United States.

Participate in the 2021 Tree-Plenish Program | Deadline: March 16th

In an effort to offset the paper usage in schools, Tree-Plenish, a non-profit organization aims to replenish trees in the community to create a sustainable environment. 


Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has used about 2.4 million sheets of paper in the 2018-19 school year and the goal is to sell 240 trees to the community. 


You may scan the QR code on the graphic to be directed to purchase a tree. Or you may contact: spfhsgogreeninitiative@gmail.com or zrittner@spfk12.org for more information.

SP-F Junior Girl Scout Troop 40347 Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Tribute Video

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Junior Girl Scout Troop 40347, a 3rd grade troop from McGinn and Coles Elementary School compiled a video tribute last month honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each of the girl scouts wrote their own part and recorded the video.


February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration of the achievements and contributions African Americans have made throughout U.S. history.

2021 Township of Scotch Plains Public Property Messenger Now Available for Download

The 2021 Edition of the Scotch Plains Messenger is ready for download! The document contains important dates and information regarding the annual services the Township provides. 


The Messenger will be in electronic format only.    ✅Environmentally Friendly  ✅Easily Updated   

✅Easily Accessed 


Download your copy here. 


If you are unable to download and would like a printed copy, please call 908-322-6700 Ext. 314. We will have one mailed out to you. If you would prefer to pick up a copy yourself, they are available at the Scotch Plains Public Library (1927 Bartle Ave.).

Bulky Waste Permits Will Be Available March 1

We would like to remind all residents that Bulky Waste permits will be available through Community Pass beginning March 1st.


Please refer to the guidelines for this special collection in the 2021 Public Property Messenger, including deadlines for submission of applications for individual sections of town. Applications may also be mailed into the Office of Public Works. 


Just a reminder, if you are mailing your application in, they are not being processed until after March 1.


Thank you for your cooperation.


Pre-Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Open to the Public

Governor Phil Murphy has announced the rollout of a central online location for the State of New Jersey and official vaccine-related information as well as a landing page for the Vaccine Registration portal, which is now open to the public. 


New Jersey will roll out COVID-19 vaccines in a phased approach to all adults who live, work, or are being educated in the State. Within six months, New Jersey aims to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population.


Visit: www.ucnj.org/covid19/covid-19-vaccination/ for more information.

Statement from Scotch Plains Police Department on Locking Car Doors

We would like to remind residents to lock your cars at all times, especially if you are warming up your vehicle.  There has been a large number of thefts from vehicles and stolen vehicles due to unlocked cars.


Please lock your cars, don’t leave your keys, phone, wallet, purse, computer or other valuables in the vehicle.  Recently there have been stolen vehicles from Country Club Blvd area and there have also been numerous theft from vehicles on streets near Route 22, including Mountain Ave, Pine Terr and Watchung Terr.  Please, help us help you- LOCK YOUR CARS!

2021 Dog License Renewal Reminder

A reminder to our residents that all dogs 6 months or older are required to be licensed annually.   


Applications and instructions are available by clicking here or by visiting the Township's "Forms" webpage.

Municipal Building Now Open to Public (By Appointment Only)

The Scotch Plains Municipal Building is open to the public by appointment only. All members of the public requesting an appointment shall call in advance.

The Public will be instructed, via signage at the entrance to all facilities, they are required to wear proper face coverings for the purposes of covering the mouth and nose. Hand sanitizer and extra masks will be available.

Click here to view the protocols on visitors in Town Hall. 

Elizabethtown Gas Offers Tips to Keep You Safe During a Winter Storm

As a potentially significant winter storm approaches our region, Elizabethtown Gas is preparing our system and workforce.


At the same time, it is important for our customers and other residents to take the necessary safety precautions.


Elizabethtown Gas offers these tips to help keep you safe. Click here for tips on how to prepare and handle the upcoming winter storm. 

Rent Relief for Eligible Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a rent relief program for eligible residents adversely impacted by COVID-19.


Residents can apply through one of three partner non-profit agencies for needed assistance beginning November 16. The Board approved funding for the program through the federal CARES Act on November 12. 


A total of $1,350,000 will be available through federal funds for residents who have fallen behind in payments as a result of job loss or income reduction. The program will provide a minimum of three months of assistance. An additional three months of assistance will be provided to eligible County renters in need of further assistance.   


Starting Monday November 16, 2020, interested residents can submit their application on one of the following non-profit websites:  Family Promise Union County (familypromise.org) Urban League of Union County (uloucnj.org) United Way of Greater Union County (uwguc.org).   


Eligibility requirements for applicants are as follows: 

• Renters living in Union County; 

• Household Income is at or below 80% of Median Family Income (MFI); 

• Household income loss must be due to Covid-19; 

• Applicants must be able to provide documentation of income received as a result of any governmental response program due to Covid-19 (such as unemployment compensation) as well as a current lease agreement. 


Residents requiring information or assistance with the application process can call any of the three non-profit partners involved and schedule an appointment. Staff will inform applicants of the required documentation to bring to the appointment.


Once staff has a complete application with all required documentation, the application will be reviewed for eligibility. Applicants will be provided with documented proof of their filed rental assistance application for their landlord. Once the application is approved, funds will be disbursed by mailed check directly to the landlord. 


If you have any other questions please reach out to Brandon Givens, Director of Community Services at 908-527-4462 or via email bgivens@ucnj.org.    https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/UNIONCOUNTYNJ/participant

Governor Phil Murphy Announces Launch of COVID-19 Exposure Notification Mobile App

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of COVID-19 exposure notification mobile apps in their respective states that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to a COVID exposure.


The apps, COVID Alert NJ and COVID Alert NY, notify users of potential COVID-19 exposure while maintaining user privacy and security. With today’s launch, New Jersey and New York join Pennsylvania and Delaware in creating a regional COVID Alert app network that operates across state lines to stop the spread of COVID-19.


The free mobile apps–available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New Jersey or New York — are available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Download the COVID Alert NJ App by visiting covid19.nj.gov/app


Click here to read the entire press release. 

COVID-19 Resource Page for Business Owners

The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. The economic impact and recovery will last for months, and potentially even years. As congress and other government authorities move to save different areas of the economy, it’s important to understand what resources you have available to you as a small business owner. 


The Township has launched a COVID-19 webpage dedicated to resources that small business owners can utilize during this tough time. Click here to be redirected to that page. 

Be Aware of Coronavirus Fraud & Scams

Recycle Coach Mobile App Available to Residents to Improve Communications

The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach, a free app designed to help make recycling information more accessible to residents. Recycle Coach provides accurate up-to-date information on Scotch Plains recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly app format.   


Residents can access Recycle Coach from their mobile devices, desktop computers, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. TheRecycle Coach app is available to download free of charge on the Google Play and the Apple iTunes StoreClick here for more information and to read the entire press release. Click here to watch the Facebook video promoting the new mobile application.

New Jersey Special Needs Registry for Disasters

“Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.  


The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.


Click here to register for New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters. 


For Registry Assistance, dial 211 (toll-free) and an operator will assist you in registering.

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