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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. 

Tree Replacement Plan

The Township prides itself on the preservation and maintenance of our natural resources and is committed to preserving environmental integrity by planting trees and other plant life throughout our parks & neighborhoods.


Click here to submit a request today!

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. 

Memorial Day Weekend Events

The Township of Scotch Plains and Borough of Fanwood is proud to announce it will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Weekend festivities this year. 


The events will start with a Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Side of the Fanwood Train Station. The following day, there will be a special ceremony at The Gazebo on Park Ave. & Front St. at 10 a.m. and the Memorial Day Parade will follow that.


SP-F Memorial Day Parade shirts are available in white or blue for a $25 donation at Bob LaCosta's office at Town Hall (430 Park Ave). Donations by either cash or by check made payable to the Township of Scotch Plains. Bob can be reached at 908-939-8448 or blacosta@scotchplainsnj.com.


For more information on the Memorial Day Weekend festivities, visit https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/calendar/memorial-day-weekend-2018/

Scotch Plains Council Celebrates Police Week

Scotch Plains honored police officers who went above and beyond the call of duty in the past year at the Township Council meeting on Tuesday evening.    Police Chief Ted Conley read Letters of Appreciation from the public that recognized outstanding performance.


Among the officers recognized at the meeting were Officer Jason Everitt, Jason Fiore, Ted Florio, Joe Mirabile, Devon Turner, and Sgt. Jerry Brown.  


Click here to read the full story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Bulk Waste Permit Deadline May 24 -- Please See Property Messenger for More Details

The deadline to submit applications & payment for Bulky Waste permits is May 24th at 3 p.m. The fee is $115. The pick up will take place during June & July. Please note that this year there is only one deadline for submitting applications for the entire township. 


Please click here or on the graphic to download the eight-page document.

Important Info Regarding Sewer Utility Changes

The Township of Scotch Plains recently revised the billing schedule for annual sewer user fees.


Sewer bills will be mailed out in June; one payment only; due on September 1st (10 day grace period will apply).

Polling Locations for June 6th Primary Election

The Primary Elections will be held this year on Tuesday, June 6th. Here are a list of the polling locations in Scotch Plains this year:


• District 1, 2, 3 – Green Forest Clubhouse, 554 Westfield Road***

• District 4, 5 - Library Building, 1927 Bartle Ave

• District 6, 7, 8, 9 - Evergreen School, 2280 Evergreen Ave

• District 10, 11 - St. John The Baptist Church, 2387 Morse Ave

• District 12, 13 - William McGinn School, 1100 Roosevelt Ave

• District 14, 15 - Immaculate Heart - Mary Church, 1571 Martine Ave

• District 16, 21 - Southside Firehouse, 1920 Raritan Rd

• District 17, 18 - Terrill Middle School, 1301 Terrill Rd

• District 19, 20 - Coles School, 16 Kevin Rd

• District 22- Southwyck Village Clubhouse, 1 Carriage Dr

• District 23 - Coles School, 16 Kevin Rd  

****Formerly held at Park Middle School

New Updates to Township Recycling Program

Effective immediately, recycling will no longer be picked up if it is bagged as the guidelines for recycling processing have recently been updated. Specific protocols on recycling contamination have been revised this year with significant changes affecting the industry worldwide.  


When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in recycling loads, they have the potential to turn the entire load into the trash and increase processing costs resulting in contamination and/or result in additional service charges.  


Please note that recycling should be placed at the curb in appropriate bins or containers as recycling placed in plastic bags will not be picked up. The Township does not supply recycling bins or containers.  


For more information on the Recycling Do's and Don'ts, please refer to the graphic below or visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K

The Township of Scotch Plains is proud to announce that it will host the 3rd Annual Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer on Wednesday, June 27. Kick off summer 2018 with a family friendly road race and party in the heart of downtown Scotch Plains.    


This year's race will use the same 5k course, starting and finishing across from the Fire House on Senger Pl, and conclude with a live band performance and BBQ from the Stagehouse Tavern on the grounds of the Scotch Plains Municipal building.


Click here to be directed to the page for more information. 

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

On Saturday, June 30 (rain date July 1st) the Township of Scotch Plains will host its 3rd Independence Day Fireworks at the Scotch Hills Golf Course! This year’s celebration will feature a performance by The Scotch Plainsmen, a talented group of musicians who have performed as the backup band for our own Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens during his solo performances.    Come out early and set down chairs & blankets to take in the show. The fireworks will go off at dusk.


Please wear comfortable shoes; no heels will be permitted on the golf course. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will host a “Red, Y, and Blue” station with fun activities for kids from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Food Vendors will be on site throughout the evening. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the premises.    


There will be several road closures leading up to and during the event to ensure safety for pedestrians and motorists alike. Please check the Township website: www.scotchplainsnj.gov for details. The golf course will be open Saturday morning for golfers; the last tee time is at 12:00 noon. The course will re-open at Noon on Sunday, July 1st.  


For more information please contact the Manager’s Office at (908) 322-6700 Ext. 314

NJ Clean Energy Program Video

Branch & Brush Pick-up Update

Storm debris pick up is complete for both the North and South sides of town. Starting Monday, April 30th the regularly scheduled leaves, small limbs, brush and gumboil pick-up will begin on both sides of town. We ask that all residents please place in separate piles and stay clear of storm drains.    


Note that that limbs need to be cut to no longer than 6’ in length and 2” in diameter. No logs or stumps will be taken.  

Report a Pothole

The Department of Public Property is working effortlessly to fix any and all potholes throughout town.  


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

Housekeeping Tips: Think at the Sink & Don't Rush to Flush

Out of sight does not always mean out of mind, especially when it comes to your home.


Before you rinse anything down your kitchen sink or flush anything down the toilet it is important to be cognizant of the potential consequences. Click on the graphic to view tips and recommendations to protect your home. 

Scotch Plains Police Launch Medicine Dropbox

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.  


 For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Dropbox can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers and similar objects. No liquids, medical waste, or syringes are allowed. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should consult their doctor or pharmacists to identify the best way of getting rid of them.    


Once a medication is placed in the box, it cannot be retrieved at any time. Double check the medications you are depositing to make sure you are not putting any current medications in.  


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. 

Sign-Up for Code Red Community Notifications

Be the first to know in the event of emergency situations and critical community alerts by signing up for Code Red. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports. There is also an option to sign up for notifications for general township events.  


Click here to be directed to the sign-up page.    


For more details, visit www.scotchplainsnj.gov.

Union County Surrogate 2018 Hours & Schedule

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202) on the second Monday of the month except for February and October from 5-6 p.m. by appointment only for the convenience of local residents. The Surrogate is responsible for administering the estate of a deceased person and judging the legitimacy of wills.


Mr. LaCorte will be available the second Monday of each month throughout 2018 on the following dates:


March 12

April 9

May 14

June 11

July 9

August 13

September 10

November 12

December 10


Appointments for Scotch Plains can be made by contacting Mr. LaCorte at (908) 527-4280 Monday–Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Residents also have the availability to download the information sheet and instructions at www.ucnj.org/surrogate/information-sheet

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