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1 E. Main St.
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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Welcome to Rockaway Borough, New Jersey

Rockaway Borough is a community located in the northern portion of Morris County and is approximately 35 miles west of New York City. Its 2.1 square miles is home to approximately 6800 residents. The Borough is nestled between two major thoroughfares; Interstate 80 and NJ State Highway 46. The Borough is governed by our elected Mayor and six Council Members.

The Borough of Rockaway was formed on July 17, 1894 when it split from the larger Rockaway Township. The Borough’s original settlement was in the 1720’s. Rockaway Borough firmly established itself as a hub of industry, commerce, and culture beginning in 1836 with the completion of the Morris Canal. That legacy continues today with many companies and businesses calling Rockaway Borough their home. Morris Canal routes and locations are currently marked with identifying wayfinding signs and interpretative panels. Many of the homes in the Borough date back to the 1800’s and have been preserved with their stately original architectural appearance.

Rockaway Borough offers its residents many opportunities for community involvement, engagement, and recreation. There are numerous clubs, committees, associations, or athletic teams to satisfy a wide range of interests and passions. Well maintained parks and athletic fields are located throughout the town.

Rockaway Bourgh has long and rich commitment to educating our youth. That proud legacy continues today with our seasoned and caring teachers and staff that provides a supportive, enriching, and challenging educational experience. Pre-K through 3rd grade youngsters attend the historic Lincoln Elementary School. Our 4th through 8th grade youth attend the Thomas Jefferson Middle School and high school students attend the highly acclaimed Morris Hills High School, which is part of the larger Morris Hills Regional District.

When it comes to shopping, cuisine, and recreation, Rockaway Borough is a destination. Fine formal dining, casual atmosphere, or fast food establishments are abundant through the Borough. With its quaint taverns, pubs, and cafes, many located in historic buildings through the town, it offers an inviting opportunity to enjoy varied menus and friendly atmospheres.

Convenient shopping can be found in our downtown district and along the highway corridor. A wide-range of fine retail establishments and services are located within a few minutes’ drive or walk.

Popular locations frequently visited in the Borough include the scenic Rockaway River area that runs through the length of the town and the Parks Lake walking trail. Known for their year-round beauty, they are visited by hundreds of folks each year.

Rockaway Borough is an inviting community to live, work, shop, or visit. One will quickly find that by strolling around this quaint historic town, with its close-knit inclusive, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, it has all of the amenities of urban life with the quality of life found in a small town. We invite you to visit soon.

This Week's Municipal Meetings

All meetings EXCEPT Mayor and Council meetings have been canceled through April 8.

See complete meetings schedule on the meetings page >>

Notices and Announcements

2020 Budget

Click here to view the 2020 Introduced Budget | Click here to view the Advertisement of the 2020 Budget.

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For Rockaway Borough coronavirus-related announcements and closures please refer to our Coronavirus Announcements and Closings page.

From the Office of the Mayor

COVID-19 UPDATE as of March 24, 2020

In an effort to protect the health of our employees and residents, we are implementing the following procedures, effective immediately:

Borough Hall will be closed to all public access through May 1st. Only employees and officials will be allowed to enter. Public can use the drop box located just outside of the main entrance. We will remain fully staffed and can be reached by phone or email for any questions or concerns you may have.

The Community Center is closed to all public groups, committees, meetings, etc., through May 3rd. Only Mayor and Council will be permitted to meet when necessary.

All Borough parks, playgrounds and walking trails are closed until May 1st

The Borough Library is closed - public access is prohibited. No pick-ups or returns accepted.

The Borough Recycling Center is closed until further notice. Please utilize curbside pick-up.

In addition, we are also under Governor's Executive Orders #107 and 108, issued on March 21st. Click here for the full summary

Your health and safety is our number one priority. Please take every precaution possible to limit your exposure to COVID-19. We know that our Community is one of resolve, and we appreciate your efforts to help us through this trying time. We look forward to getting back to business as usual. In the interim, we will keep you informed on a regular basis through our website and social media. Please check frequently for updates.

Mayor Tom Mulligan

Guidance on Submission of Nominating Petitions

The deadline is approaching. Click here for more information.

Notice of Ballot Draw

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT due to the observance of Good Friday, the official ballot draw for the 2020 Primary Election to be held on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 3:00PM will NOW be held on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 3:00PM in the Municipal Clerk’s office located at 1 E. Main Street, Rockaway, NJ.

Tree Work Notice:

Please be advised that on or about March 16, 2020 (weather permitting) the parking lot on Lakeside Drive and surrounding path area at Park Lake will be closed for approximately 3 days for planned tree work in the area of the dam. Path users will be unable to complete the entire loop during this time and parking will be limited. Signs will be posted in the coming days marking the area to be closed. The remainder of the path will continue to be open during this time. Thank you for your patience and please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Recycling News

The 2020 edition of the Borough of Rockaway's The Recycling News is now available. Included in this issue: the 2020 Garbage and Recycling Pick-Up Schedule, Tips on Recycling, Recycling Specs, and more. Click here to download a copy of this year's Recycling News. PDF icon. Link opens a PDF file.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events

The Morris County Municipal Waste Authority has published a flyer for its household hazardous waste drop-off events. Included in the flyer are the dates and locations of the drop-offs and lists of what are acceptable materials and what materials are not. Click here to download a copy of the MCMUA 2020 Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events. PDF icon. Link opens a PDF file.

Attention Drivers - Please be aware of NJ's idling laws

Click here to see the Idling Regulations and Idling Enforcement PDF from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link .

Notice to Bidders

2020 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project: The work to be performed under this contract includes rehabilitation of approximately five (5) sanitary sewer manholes within various public rights-of-way and streets with a cementitious lining as listed in the Technical Specifications and shown on the plans. Sealed bids will be received, opened, and read on March 25, 2020 at 9 a.m. see details >>

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Recreation Committee. Please contact Rob O'Connor at for details.

Public Service Announcement from the Fire Marshal

The role that oxygen plays in a fire: One of the greatest hazards to life that exists in a building fire of any magniture is the lack of sufficient oxygen. continue reading >>

Online Tax Pay Now Available

The Rockaway Borough Tax Office has announced that taxpayers may now make their tax payments online. The tax-payment website can be accessed at New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link. Please note that the online payment processors charge a fee for this service.

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