Welcome From the Mayor
Welcome to Madison! Thank you for taking the time to visit and learn more about our town.
Nearly 16,000 residents call Madison home, and we are excited to have you as a part of our community. The dedication that our citizens have to civic engagement makes this town a truly special place, and more than one hundred non-profit organizations and service clubs provide support to the community. Our bustling business district features top-notch restaurants and retail stores that are owned by Madison residents and have deep roots here. We are proud to host hundreds of local businesses, a world-class library, and train station with mid-town direct service to New York City. We have a public school system that consistently ranks among New Jersey’s top education programs. Our picturesque parks and open spaces are perfect for biking, walking, and other outdoor activities. I invite you to explore all of the opportunities this town has to offer, from taking in a show at our professional live theaters to taking a stroll in our historic downtown. We’re glad to have you with us.
Robert H. Conley, Borough of Madison—Mayor
Top 5 Topics for New Madison Residents Garbage/Recycling/Yard Waste
The Borough offers residents free regular curbside garbage pickup. Garbage is collected twice a week from May 20 to September 14 and once a week the rest of the year. Residents interested in rear yard pickup for an annual fee should contact the hauler, Suburban Disposal, at 973-227-7020.
Recycling is collected every week. The material you set out at the curbside will alternate week to week. Commingled bottles and cans one week; newspapers and magazines the next and so on. Recycling is required by the law.
Curbside yard waste is collected between March 18 and December 18. Grass, weeds, leaves, hedge trimmings, and tree prunings should be placed at the curb in containers no larger than 30 gallons or in biodegradable paper bags. Questions? Call 973-593-3088.
For more information, visit the Collection Schedule page.
All dogs and cats of licensing age must be counted and licensed each year by the Health Department of the Borough. Licenses are subject to renewal during January of each year. Applications and fees are directed through the Health Department. Questions? Call 973-593-3079.
The Tax Collector office is open from 8:00AM – 4:30PM Monday through Friday and can be reached at 973-593-3056. Tax bills are mailed once a year. The bill is for 4 quarters, and taxes are due February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 of each year. Tax payments may be made online or mailed directly to the Tax Collector.
Train Station & Commuter Parking
NJ Transit offers convenient transportation to New York City, Newark, Hoboken, etc. Please visit the NJ Transit website for scheduling and ticket information. Commuters may apply with the Police Department for permits to park in the train station parking lot. Questions? Call 973-593-3015.
Other Important Information Building Permits
Check with the Building Construction Department before beginning any project to obtain the proper permits. To schedule inspections, call 973-593-3064. Inspections are performed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, except as noted, in the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building, 50 Kings Road. Meetings are open to the public at 8:00PM in the 2nd floor Council Chambers.
Electricity is supplied by the Madison Electric Department. Please direct inquiries about electric billing to the Water and Electric Utility Administration at 973-593-3045. Please call the Madison Electric Department if you experience a power outage or downed wires at 973-593-3000.
The Madison Public Library offers services including free wireless internet access, public internet computers, rooms for rental, and a collection of approximately 155,000 items including books, DVDs, and audiobooks. Madison taxpayers and residents are eligible for a free library card, offering full service in the Madison Public Library, as well as borrowing privileges in other libraries belonging to M.A.I.N., Inc., Morris Union Federation (MUF) and the Open Borrowing Program. Questions? Call 973-377-0722.
Madison Community Pool
The pool offers family oriented swimming at regular hours, occasional entertainment, a snack bar, morning swim lessons, and a competitive swim team. Membership is open to all Madison residents and a limited number of non-residents for a reasonable fee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
At no cost to residents, Nixle delivers instant emergency police alerts to residents and business owners through e-mail and text messaging. Register by texting 07940 to 888777.
For more information, visit the Nixle Registration Program page.
Parking & Road Regulations
Parking is available for shoppers in the Madison downtown and in select parking lots. There is a two-hour limit for parking on Kings Road and a one-hour limit for parking on all other downtown streets. There is a two-hour limit for parking in the Elmer, Waverly Green, and Cook parking lots. Parking is not permitted overnight on any Madison streets.
In addition, snow must be removed within 24 hours, and snow may not be placed in the streets.
In the event of an emergency, all residents are urged to call 9-1-1 or the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3000. After 4:00PM and on weekends, the Police Communication desk handles all calls for emergency assistance in the Borough, including water, electric, and sewer.
“Residential” Zoning Permits
Check with the Zoning Department before beginning any project to obtain the required permits. Required Zoning Permits range from Fence Installation to New Home Construction. If you’re not sure if you need a Zoning Permit, be safe and call first or stop by the Hartley Dodge Memorial, 2nd Floor. Please be prepared to provide a survey, many questions can be much more accurately answered when a Survey is provided. Department hours 8:30AM - 4:30PM. Phone 973-593-3060.
Sewer fees are included in tax payments. For sewer emergencies, please contact the Department of Public Works during weekday work hours at 973-593-3088 or the Police Department for after hour emergencies at 973-593-3000.
Please support our local merchants by shopping in downtown Madison. A vibrant downtown benefits the community, reduces taxes and gives all Madison residents a sense of pride and identity. Like “I Love Madison, NJ” on Facebook or sign up here for the latest updates and local deals.
For more information, visit the Shop Madison page.
The Water Department operates as part of the Public Works Department and is comprised of a Foreman and two Utility Men. Please direct inquiries about water billing to the Water and Electric Utility Administration at 973-593-3045.