Village Services During COVID-19

All municipal offices and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. All departments will remain staffed to ensure the continued delivery of essential services. At this time, our staff will remain available through phone, email and our website SouthOrange.org. While we are limiting in-person interactions with staff, they are prepared and eager to continue serving residents in a safe way.

  • Most Village Services are available online, by phone or mail. Appointments can be made for Marriage License Application (forms available online, but in-person application required), Vital Records Application (there is a procedure for applying via USPS), Raffle (Games of Chance) Application, and Liquor License Renewals and Transfers.

  • The Township is unable to accept cash for any transactions including, taxes, sewer fees, permits, etc. Payment may be made online, over the phone, check by mail or left in the drop box at Village Hall.

  • Residents wishing to deliver documents, applications, etc. may do so utilizing the drop box at Village Hall.

  • The Village’s Health Department will be fully staffed and closely monitoring any local cases or situations as well as keeping informed and notifying our community about the most current information, restrictions, guidelines and recommendations from Federal, State, County and international officials and agencies.

  • Police, Fire and EMS emergency services will continue uninterrupted and 9-1-1 emergency lines will be available and answered at all times.

  • Garbage and Recycling services are provided through contracts with private companies. At present the Village has not been notified of any changes to regular services and schedules. Any changes to services will be posted on the Village website and disseminated via the Village’s SO Alert emergency notification system.

  • The South Orange Parking Authority and South Orange Police Department will be utilizing “courtesy/light enforcement” for the time being. We all recognize the flexibility we need right now to better support access to curbside pick-up and deliveries in appreciation for our businesses that are adapting to social distancing norms (remember, a minimum of 6ft).

  • Residents who have not registered with the Village’s SO Alert emergency notification system are encouraged to do so at: http://www.southorange.org/610/SO-Alerts

  • All Board of Trustee, Board of Adjustment, and Planning Board meetings can be viewed online. Residents who do not attend and are watching online can submit comments and questions for public comments by e-mailing:
  • Administration will still be available through phone and e-mail.

  • The Tax Assessor will continue communication with residents through phone and e-mail. In-person consultations will continue after the State of Emergency.

  • Building Department/Code Enforcement will be accepting permits and applications via e-mail and the United State Postal Service. No inspections will be conducted for the remainder of March. Permits and payments can be dropped off in a box in Village Hall. Please note that the department is in contact with the Division of Consumer Affairs for guidance on certificates of continued occupancy.

  • Clerk’s Office encourages residents to utilize their online forms for most services. Appointments can be made for Marriage License Application (forms available online, but in-person application required), Vital Records Application (there is a procedure for applying via USPS), Raffle (Games of Chance) Application, and Liquor License Renewals and Transfers.

  • Engineering/Zoning will be accepting permits and applications via e-mail and the United State Postal Service. In-person consultations will continue after the State of Emergency.

  • The Department of Health and Animal Control will continue communication with residents through phone and e-mail. In-person consultations will continue after the State of Emergency. Animal Control issues should be directed to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. Pet licenses can be sent in via the USPS.

  • Effective immediately, the South Orange Police Department is restricting in-person contact for the purpose of obtaining reports, copies of incidents, motor vehicle accident reports, etc.  They ask that you contact our Record Bureau at 973-763-3000 extensions 7782 or 7786 for assistance. They will make every effort to accommodate your request via mail, email or fax.

  • The South Orange Public Library will be closed until further notice.

  • The South Orange Performing Arts Center has suspended performances until April 17 at which point a determination will be made whether additional rescheduling or cancellations will be necessary.

  • The Office of Emergency Management will continue communication with residents through phone and e-mail.

  • The Parking Authority will continue communication with residents through phone and e-mail. The department encourages residents to utilize their online services. Jitney service is suspended for both commuters and seniors.  All curbside meter parking is adjusted to courtesy enforcement until further notice.  All pay station lots and garage will be lightly enforced.  All prohibited and ADA parking rules will be enforced.  All permit renewal grace periods are extended until further notice.

  • The Department of Public Works will continue to provide its traditional street services. However, the recycling center will be closed until further notice. All communication with residents will be made through phone and e-mail.

  • The Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs has postponed all programs, meeting and events such as: adult softball, youth baseball, tae kwon do, umpire trainings, coaching clinics, Rutgers coaching clinic, USSI tennis programming, adult soccer, Jaguar track registration, South Mountain Soccer, naturalization ceremony, spring break baseball camps, baseball parade, senior circle meetings, and a swim team meeting. Please reach out to the department for information on enrollment. The tennis courts have been closed.

  • The Tax Collector will continue communication with residents through phone and e-mail. The department encourages residents to pay tax and sewer bills online. There will also be a drop box located in 76 South Orange Avenue, Suite 302 for payments. No cash payments will be accepted.

Residents are encouraged to check the Village’s website, regularly for important comprehensive updates and information and to follow the Village on Facebook or Twitter.