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You can a copy of your deed from the Essex County Register of Deeds & Mortgages.
The COUNTY ROADS in West Orange are: Central Avenue, Eagle Rock Avenue, Laurel Avenue, Main Street, Park Avenue, Northfield Avenue, Pleasant Valley Way, Prospect Avenue, Washington Street, Gregory Avenue (from Mt. Pleasant Avenue to the South Orange border) and Mt. Pleasant Avenue (from Prospect Avenue East to Main Street). Included in this list is Cherry Lane which has a specific designation of a county park road.
CONTACT Essex County Department of Public Works 900 Bloomfield Avenue Verona, NJ, 07044 Department of Public Works (973) 226-8500 Division of Roads & Transportation (973)-239-3366
The STATE ROADS in West Orange are: Interstate 280 (I-280) and part of Route 10 (Mt. Pleasant Avenue), from Prospect Avenue to the Livingston border.
CONTACT NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) (609)-588-6211 NJ State Department of Transportation
Dog License Fees:
$15.00 not spayed/neutered
$10.00 add late fee on March 1st
Cat License Fees:
$ 5.00 add late fee on March 1st
Programs are offered to West Orange Senior Citizens at a low cost fee and include events, classes, discussions, and more. To register for programs contact Laura Van Dyke at 973-325-4105 For more info
Social Services are provided via the Township Social Worker. Counseling and referral services are offered by the Social Worker to residents who may require intervention and management. Information pertaining to financial aid programs such as Food Stamps, Social Security, Disability, Medicare, and Medicaid is also available. Appropriate resources and referrals are utilized in working towards resolution of problems. Call 973-325-4105 for Social Services.
West Orange Health DepartmentC/o Alex Caprio, Animal Control Facility66 Main StreetWest Orange, NJ 07052
Your donation will be used specifically for the care and feeding of our animals. Thank you!
Your sewer bill is mailed to you in by March 1. The payment is due April 1.
For additional information, call 973-325-4075 Tax Payment Information
Yes- you should contact the Department of Planning and Development at 973-325-4110 or email email@example.com
All municipal ordinances are available through our Municipal Clerk's office. Examples of the laws/ordinances on the books are the ones that pertain to parking on our municipal streets, noise and trash. You can also call the West Orange Police Desk non emergency number 973-325-4000.
Programs are offered to West Orange Senior Citizens at a low cost fee and include events, classes, discussions, and more. To register for programs contact Laura VanDyke (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Noelia Perez (email@example.com) at 973-325-4105 for more info
There are several places to find out about volunteer opportunities. 1- The Office of Emergency Management- CERT Volunteers For more information, copy and paste this link into your browser. www.westorange.org/OEM-CERT 2- The Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) is a team of volunteers trained to assist victims of domestic violence. The primary purpose of the team is to offer emergency support, alternatives, and referrals to victims of domestic violence. For more information, copy and paste this link into your browser. www.westorange.org/DVRT 3-Copy and paste this link to your browser for a listing of West Orange Community Organizations www.westorange.org/CommunityOrganizations 4- Copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.jerseycares.org/ 5- The West Orange Health Department is recruiting volunteers with medical credentials and non-medical volunteers to assist the Township during times of emergency. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has been established to maintain a list of trained people that may be called when staff is not sufficient to meet the needs of the community. Click here:
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2- The Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) is a team of volunteers trained to assist victims of domestic violence. The primary purpose of the team is to offer emergency support, alternatives, and referrals to victims of domestic violence. For more information, copy and paste this link into your browser. www.westorange.org/DVRT
3-Copy and paste this link to your browser for a listing of West Orange Community Organizations www.westorange.org/CommunityOrganizations
4- Copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.jerseycares.org/
5- The West Orange Health Department is recruiting volunteers with medical credentials and non-medical volunteers to assist the Township during times of emergency. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has been established to maintain a list of trained people that may be called when staff is not sufficient to meet the needs of the community. Click here: Medical Reserve Corps
Any individual or entity who, or which, owns or leases, and/or operates, a business within the Township and has complied with the provisions of this Chapter in obtaining a Mercantile LIcense. Additionally, no person shall engage in any business in the Township, nor encourage and assist in any business, unless a license as hereinafter provided for shall have been first obtained.
All Businesses and Licensees as defined under this Chapter are required to submit to the Township’s Licensing Registry, a certificate of insurance, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:10A1 et seq. under the following requirements:
All mercantile licenses under this chapter shall be due and payable on October 1 of each year and shall terminate and become invalid on September 30 of the next succeeding year.
$100.00 for the initial unit; $20.00 per each additional unit.
Example: the fee for a four-unit residential property would be $160.00 annually
Licenses issued under this Chapter shall be posted at the place of business shown on the license in a conspicuous place. The license shall remain posted for the duration of the licensing year when issued, and so long as the licensed business is carried out.
November 1st of each calendar year
No business shall be permitted on the location other than that for which the license issued.
The enforcement provisions of this Ordinance shall be through the offices of the Director of Planning and Development, the Zoning Official of the Township, and any other designees.
The Township may collect, through summary proceedings pursuant to “Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999,” P.L/ 199, c. 274 (C. 2A:58-10 et seq.), a fine of $2,000 against an owner who failed to comply with Section 9.1 of this Chapter.
The registration and license can be completed online. If you need further assistance , you can come to Room 214, Town Hall, 66 Main Street, West Orange during the hours of 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and afternoon hours by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call 973-325-4110. Residents MUST have the DECLARATION PAGE from their insurance carrier available. Please do not bring your monthly insurance statement or bill.
All payments for the mercantile license can be completed online ( including checks). If you are paying by cash come to Room 214, Town Hall, 66 Main Street, West Orange between 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and afternoon hours by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call 973-325-4110. Residents MUST have the DECLARATION PAGE from their insurance carrier available. Please do not bring your monthly insurance statement or bill.
Many factors determine what you will need. A permit is required to construct, enlarge, demolish, install or alter any structure such as commercial property and residential homes. Permits are also required for installation and replacement of equiptment such as air conditioning and furnaces. Permits are not required for minor work that is considered ordinary repair such as exterior and interior painting and roofing/siding that is LESS than 25%. Permits are also not required for direct replacement of windows that remain the same size; replacement of plumbing fixtures such as sinks and tubs in the same location.
1. Minor work shall mean and include the construction or total replacement of any porch or stoop which does not provide structural support for any roof or portion of a building; the construction or alteration of any rooms within an existing one or two-family dwelling, provided that no structural members are altered in any way; the removal and replacement of more that twenty-five percent (25%) of the exterior siding of a one or two-family dwelling;
2. Minor work shall also mean and include the replacement of any existing plumbing piping work with new and approved material of like capacity; the installation of drinking fountains and condensate drains in existing structures; the replacement of existing low-pressure hot water heaters with new ones of like capacity; and the new installation of lavatories, water closets, tubs, showers, washers or diswashers, and garbage disposers in existing space of one and two-family dwellings where the new installation of additional fixtures can be accommodated with no increase in the size of the water distribution system, water service or house drain;
3. Minor work shall also mean and include new electrical work incidental to the installation of air conditioning, equipment, clothes dryers, and ranges or ovens in one and two-family dwellings; the installation of five (5) or less 110 or 220 volt receptacles or fixtures where existing circuits and/or available space circuits and service are adequate to support the load; the replacement of existing wiring with new wiring of the same capacity provided that the new wiring shall be of a type approved for the use by the code;
4. Minor work shall also mean and include the installation of any fire detection or suppression device in any one or two-family dwelling; installation of a radon mitigation system in an existing detached one or two-family dwelling; the installation of a burglar alarm or security system in any structure and the installation of a low voltage communication system in any structure other than a one or two-family dwelling;
5. Minor work shall not include lead abatement;
6. Minor work on elevator devices shall also mean and include work as outlined below and not involving any structural alteration to a building and as scoped within the applicable sections of Part XII of ASME A17.1 referenced in the building sub-code.
Once the OPRA request has been received by the Clerk's office, they will send it to our office; within seven (7) business days we will advise you if we have records available for your review. There is only a fee if you request printed copies of records. OPRA Request Form
Your application for appeal must be in writing setting forth your address and name, the address of the building or site in question, the permit number, the specific sections of the Regulations in question, and the extent and the nature of your reliance on them. You may include a brief statement setting forth your position and the nature of relief sought by you. You may also append any documents that you consider useful.
If you are installing an in-ground pool, an approval from the Engineering Department is required before you can secure a building permit. You need to submit two (2) copies of a grading plan to their office, located at 25 Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, for approval BEFORE submitting your permit application package to the Building Department.
You must also provide the Building Department with a copy of your property survey (marked to indicate the location of the pool), the specifications on the pool, filter and ladder. Additionally, you must submit building, plumbing and electrical permit applications providing all descriptions of work. (Link to Requirements for Pool Installations.) Pool Installation Information
To install a shed that is less than 200 square feet, you are required to submit a survey of your property to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the distance of the shed from your property line. If the square footage of the shed exceeds 200 feet, you will be required to obtain a construction permit in addition to submitting your property survey.
The Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), 40:55D, sets forth statutory law guiding the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
If you have no heat, please email HeatEmergency@westorange.org or call 973-325-4119 to report the issue. Be sure to include your name and address.
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A revaluation is a program undertaken by a municipality to appraise all real estate according to its’ fair market value. Revaluation brings all properties to 100%, thus insuring all property owners pay their fair share of taxes based on the fair market value of the property that they own. Fair market value is the price at which a property would sell for between a willing buyer and a willing seller.
The program began in August 2023 and all work will be completed by December, 2024 in order to use the new assessments for the 2025 Tax Year. Field inspections are expected to run from September 2023 through February, 2024.
Equitable assessments depend on the cooperation of the property owners. Interior inspections, especially, require that residents cooperate with the data collectors. The validity of a market value depends on the collection of accurate data. Property owners have a stake in the outcome of the revaluation program. Any assistance a taxpayer can provide will aid in the total data collection process. If there is information you believe should be considered in the valuation, please inform the data collector. We will make every effort to cause property owners the least possible inconvenience.
Photographs of your property will be taken by the revaluation firm. They will take exterior photos only. Photos will be of the front and rear of the main structure and 1 photo of all accessory structures such as detached garages, inground pools, cabanas etc. The photos will be taken at the same time as the exterior measurements.
The data collectors are not responsible for developing the market value estimate. Their job is to collect pertinent information to be used later as a base to develop the property’s value.
Data collectors will record such items as the type of interior wall construction, the number of bathrooms, type of heat, central air conditioning, size, and the percentage of finished attic and/or basement areas, in ground pools and number of fireplaces. The exterior inspection includes measurements of each structure, such as garages or other accessory buildings, determination of story height, roof structure, and type of foundation and exterior wall construction. The physical condition of the structure is noted to establish depreciation factors. All factors relative to market value are considered. Examples of what would not be noted would be interior decorations, fences, window air conditioners, gas grills, and lawn furniture.
If you’re not at home when the data collector visits your property, an exterior inspection will be completed and a notice will be left asking you to call for an interior inspection appointment. Appointments can be scheduled on weekdays, evenings, as well as Saturdays, if need be. If the representative is unable to inspect your home or if you refuse entry, the interior information will be estimated which may cause your home’s valuation to be at the highest level for your property type, so your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
When every property in the Township of West Orange has been revalued, you will receive a letter. Letters will be mailed in the late fall of 2024. You will be given the opportunity to discuss your assessment and review your property description with a representative of the revaluation firm.
Individual values may increase or decrease depending on the market value at the time of the revaluation.
The Revaluation Process is revenue neutral. In other words, no additional taxes overall will be raised for the school, county, or municipality as a result of the completion of this process. The impact of the new assessments will not affect the property owner’s tax bill until the 2025 Tax Year.
A revaluation and a reassessment are synonymous, A licensed revaluation company performs a revaluation and the municipal tax assessor performs a reassessment. The municipality may also elect to perform a hybrid reassessment in which a municipality would hire a licensed revaluation company to assist the tax assessor with certain aspects of the reassessment. The outcome of any of these programs is the same; all properties are assessed at 100% of market value
Revaluations are required by New Jersey State Law and are generally ordered by The County Tax Board. Usually, once a Municipality’s ratio falls below an accepted percentage (or ratio) than the need for a revaluation arises.
A ratio is the relationship between an assessment and sale price. Example: a property on one side of town is currently assessed for $60,000 and that same property sells for $100,000, the ratio would be 60%. A property on the other side of town is currently assessed for $50,000 and it sells for $100,000, the ratio would be 50%. After a revaluation, both properties should be assessed for $100,000 (100% of market value) and essentially paying the same amount in real estate taxes.
NO. A revaluation will result in an increase in the assessed value, but it does not mean that all property taxes will increase. Assessments (or ratables) are a base utilized to apportion the budget (or tax burden). The budget is the amount your Municipality must raise for the operation of County, Local Government and support of the school system. The ratable base is multiplied by a tax rate to equal the budget. EXAMPLE: Prior to Revaluation:Total of all assessments (ratable base): $3 Billion Amount to be raised by Taxation (budget): $150 mil. Tax rate (per $100 of assessed value): $5.00 After Revaluation: Total of all assessments (ratable base): $6 Billion Amount to be raised by Taxation (budget): $150 mil. Tax rate (per $100 of assessed value): $2.50 **When the assessments go up, in contrast the tax rate will drop. If budgets increase than taxes increase.
There are several steps in the revaluation process: Property Owner Notification- PPA will mail each property owner a letter approved by the governing body and municipal tax assessor to notify of the revaluation. Data Collection- a field representative from PPA will visit your property to collect the data necessary to eventually determine the assessment of your property. The representative will have a photo I.D. visible, which is on file with the Police Department along with his vehicle. An interior and exterior inspection are necessary to accurately assess the property. If a property owner is not home at the time of inspection, the field representative will leave a card on the front door and then measure the exterior to determine the square footage of living space, decks, pools, outbuildings, etc. The field representative estimates the interior data until an interior inspection is performed. The property owner will have the opportunity to call PPA (instructions and phone number on the card) and set up an appointment for an interior \inspection at a convenient time for the property owner. Again, to accurately assess the property, an interior inspection should be performed to ensure that all data is correct. Once we complete a section of town, we visit the homes we haven’t inspected once more and leave another card. If a property owner refuses entry to one of the appraisers, which is their right, the property can be assessed at the highest possible value. If appealed to the County, The County Tax Board will require full inspection before hearing the Case. The interior inspection generally takes about five minutes and the exterior inspection takes about ten minutes. After the interior inspection is performed, the field representative will ask the property owner to sign the property record card to verify that we did inspect the property. Analysis- while data collection is in progress, other staff appraisers are setting up the Municipality into sections based on local zoning and neighborhood characteristics. All properties’ lot sizes are obtained from studying the Tax Map. Sales that have occurred over the prior two years are analyzed to determine both residential and commercial values. The representatives in the field will ask questions about the sales to help determine if a sale would be applicable in later analysis. Commercial property owners will receive an Income and Expense statement to be completed and returned to help determine an Income Approach to value. This approach only applies to commercial property. All data collected, sales information, and market trends are utilized in determining the individual property values. Value Notification- prior to the assessments becoming the actual ratable base and public records for the Municipality, PPA will mail the proposed values to individual property owners. This notification is for the assessed value to go on the books for the upcoming tax year. This letter will not and cannot determine what your taxes will be for the upcoming year. The new tax rate will not be determined until approximately June of the tax year, which will based on the new ratables and the new budget. Informal Hearing- In the Value Notification letter, PPA will instruct property owners on how to set up an informal hearing with one of our appraisers. If a property owner is planning to attend an informal hearing, they should be prepared to bring in any documentation to support their disagreement regarding the appraised value of his or her property. For example, recent sales of similar or comparable properties could be an indication of value, and could be discussed. Recent appraisals for lending purposes would not be useful in an informal review due to the fact that they were completed for a different purpose. If any adjustment is necessary after an informal hearing, then a revised value will be sent to the property owner. The revaluation figures are adopted for the tax year after all processes are completed and the new tax bills will be mailed in Spring or early Summer and are retroactive to January 1st. The appeal date is the same as any other year, April 1st
Postcards are mailed to property owners the end of January. This statutory requirement is intended to inform property owners of their assessment for the current tax year. Postcards are now WHITE NOT GREENAre mailed to notify you what your ASSESSMENT is for the current year. They are NOT to be used for income tax purposes. The tax amount shown on the card is how much was BILLED to the PROPERTY not the individual owner. That amount billed on the post card DOES NOT reflect if you received a homestead rebate or a Senior PTR or if you paid any interest. For the exact amount you were billed and paid please refer to Property Tax and Sewer Look Up Information Put your address in the search box Your assessment will be reflected on the left hand side and the amounts billed and paid for each quarter will be beneath that in the middle of the page.
If a property owner does not agree with their assessment, they may file an appeal. The appeal deadline is April 1st.
A taxpayer does not file an appeal of his/her taxes but rather the assessment. West Orange Township taxpayers who believe that their assessments are not fair as of October 1st, of the pretax year (the assessing date) have the right to file an appeal with the Essex County Board of Taxation on or before April 1st of the tax year. A Petition of Appeal may be obtained from the Essex County Board of Taxation located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Complex, 495 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Room 230, Newark, NJ 07102, call 973-395-8525 or visit https://www.essexcountynjtaxboard.org/
The Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights states property taxpayers in New Jersey have the following rights:
• The right to understand the property assessment process and the requirements of the state Constitution concerning the assessment of real property;
• The right to understand the calculation of the assessment on their property;
• The right to detailed information about how to appeal an assessment of property; and
• The right to view the property assessment of any other parcel of property in the municipality.
Read More: NJ now has a 'bill of rights' for taxpayers — Here's what you need to know | http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/lpt/LocalPropertyTax.pdf
A revaluation program seeks to spread the tax burden equitably within a municipality by appraising each property according to its true value and assessing it based on such value. This process is almost always accomplished by hiring a revaluation company under the direct supervision of the municipal tax assessor in accomplishing this task and involves the interior & exterior inspection of every property in a municipality.
Get the brochure, “What is Revaluation” from the New Jersey Tax Website. https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/lpt/revaluation.pdf
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1-The applications are available at your local US Post Office. You can obtain the application, complete it and mail it from there.
2- You can apply (you need to bring a completed application with you) through Essex County and their Outreach Program.
3- You can complete an application online
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