Welcome New Residents

Welcome to Madison! Thank you for taking the time to visit and learn more about our town.

Nearly 17,000 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
Mayor, Borough of Madison

File Jan 09, 10 20 49 AM

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 and December. 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.

The Recycle Coach mobile app is a useful tool for collection reminders, and knowing What Goes Where. Download on the App Store or get it on Google Play

For more information, visit the Recycling/Garbage/Yard Waste page. Questions? Call 973-593-3088.

Pet Licenses

All dogs and cats of licensing age must be counted and licensed each year by the Madison Health Department. Licenses are subject to renewal during January of each year. 

For more information, visit the Pet Licenses page. Questions? Call 973-593-3079.

Tax Collection

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.

For more information, visit the Tax Collection page. Questions? Call 973-593-3056. 

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. For information on Commputer Resident Parking Permits, please email paking@rosenet.org or visit the Parking page.


Voter registration applications are available at the Borough Clerk’s Office. Please visit the polling location website for a complete list of the polling location addresses. Questions? Call 973-593-3041

Other Important Information

Building Permits

Check with the Building Construction Department before beginning any project to obtain the proper permits. Inspections are performed Monday through Friday and can be scheduled online.

For more information, visit the Building Construction Department page.

Council Meetings

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 8:00 P.M. in the 2nd floor Council Chambers.

For more information, visit view the Mayor & Council calendar.

Electric Utility

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 - this number is answered 24/7/365.

For more information, visit the Electric Utility page.

Fire Department

The Madison Fire Department can be reached at 973-593-3021 for non-emergency issues. To report a fire, dial 9-1-1.

For more information, visit the Fire Department page.


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.

For more information, visit the Madison Public Library website.

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 mcp@madisonpool.org with questions.

For more information, visit the Madison Community Pool website.

Municipal Court

Court sessions are held every Wednesday evening at 5:00 P.M.. The Violation Bureau is open weekdays to the public between the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

For more information, visit the Joint Municipal Court page.


At no cost to residents, AlertMadison delivers instant emergency police alerts to residents and business owners through e-mail and text messaging. Register by visiting AlertMadison.

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. 

For more information, visit the Parking page

Police Department

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 4:00 P.M. and on weekends, the Police Communication desk handles all calls for emergency assistance in the Borough, including water, electric, and sewer.

For more information, visit the Police Department page.

Post Office

10 Lincoln Place
(800) 275-8777

USPS Annex
33 Central Ave
(973) 660-9636

Public Schools

The offices of the Madison Board of Education are located at 359 Woodland Avenue and may be reached at 973-593-3100.

For more information, visit the Madison Public School website.


The Madison Recreation Department provides a variety of activities, special events, and athletics for a wide-range of ages. Please contact us by email with questions.

For more information, visit the Recreation page.

“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 8:00 A.M. -  4:30 P.M. Phone 973-593-3060.

For more information, visit the Zoning Office page.

Sewer Utility

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.

For more information, visit the Public Works Department page.

Shop Madison

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 for the latest updates and local deals.

Social Media

The Borough of Madison actively engages the community through social media. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Water Utility

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.

For more information, visit Water Utility page.