The Old Tappan Municipal Court is located at 227 Old Tappan Road

COURT SESSION - First TUESDAY of the Month at 4pm 

                       

Phone (201) 664-1849 Ext. 23
Fax  (201) 664-0331

 

 
Municipal Court Judge - Warren F. Clark, J.M.C.
 
 



Municipal Court Administrator - Laurel Carnazza
Office Hours of Court Administrator - Tues & Wed 1pm to 4pm


Prosecutor - Christopher Martin

 

 

WHAT TYPE OF CASES ARE HEARD IN OLD TAPPAN?

The Old Tappan Municipal Court has jurisdiction over the following cases:

 

Motor Vehicle/Traffic Violations (NJ Motor Vehicle Commission info. click here.)

 

Disorderly/Petty Disorderly Persons Offenses

 

Violations of Weights and Measures

 

Parks and Forests

 

Fish and Game

 

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

 

Violations of Municipal Ordinances of Old Tappan

If you are charged with a more serious offense, these "indictables" would be sent to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.  The case would either be brought before a Grand Jury in Superior Court or downgraded to the Old Tappan Municipal Court by the Bergen County Prosecutor.

 

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU RECEIVE A SUMMONS?

Many traffic and parking offenses are payable by mail or at the Court Administrator's payment window in Borough Hall.  If no court appearance is required, you may make your payment by mail or in person. By doing this, you are waiving your right to trial and pleading guilty. Call the Violations Bureau if you do not see the amount to be paid on the back of the summons.

For all violations and offenses for which fines are not payable by mail, the matter must be heard in Court before the Judge.  If you wish to plead not guilty to a summons, telephone or write to the Violations Bureau at least one (1) week prior to the court date listed on the summons.  Note - this must be done by phone or in person, it cannot be done via the website or email. 

You may represent yourself or have an attorney represent you. If you cannot afford an attorney and you are charged with an offense that has a consequence of magnitude (a substantial fine, loss of driving privileges or incarceration), a Public Defender application may be filled out by you at your first court appearance for the Judge to review. If an interpreter isneeded, one will be provided by the Court. The Court is unable to recommend attorneys but will provide you with the number of the Bergen County Legal Services. The Bergen County Legal Services will assist you if you need a recommendation.

Please do not hesitate to call the Violation Bureau if you have any questions or are unsure as to how to proceed.

Who We Are 

 

Anna Haverilla
Borough Administrator

(201) 664-1849 ext. 12
email

The Borough Administrator is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Borough. This person is in charge of all Borough employees, is liaison between the Mayor and Council and all departments, boards and committees, and prepares ordinances and resolutions.   


 
Jean M. Donch, RMC
Borough Clerk

(201) 664-1849 ext. 14
email

As Borough Clerk, Jean prepares Mayor and Council meeting agendas, maintains minutes, issues licenses, and is the chief election official. The Borough Clerk also manages the housing of government documents, and all OPR (Open Public Records) requests must be made through her office. In addition, she is responsible for issuing Business Licenses, and Housing of Animals Licenses on a yearly basis. 
 

Lori Langone, CMR
Registrar of Vital Statistics/Admin. Assistant

(201) 664-1849 ext. 10
email

Lori is the first person you will probably meet at the Borough Hall!   If you have a question, she will either assist you or direct you to the right person. Lori is also the Borough's Registrar of Vital Statistics, issuing: marriage licenses, birth certificates, death certificates, and certified copies.  The Registrar also issues dog or cat licenses and can provide voter registration forms and passport application information.


 

For a variety of forms, such as: Resident Complaints, Public Records, Liquor License Applications and Absentee Ballots - visit the Forms webpage.

 


 

 

 

Robert Rusch, Construction Official - Ext. 20 brusch@oldtappan.net

Robert oversees the daily operations of the Building Department.  He has final approval on all applications.  He may impose penalties when appropriate.  And is responsible for preparing yearly budgets for the Mayor and Council.

Liz Stass, Technical Assistant - Ext. 19 estass@oldtappan.net

Liz schedules inspections, answers questions regarding building permit requirements and  prepares month-end financial reports.  She is responsible for submitting reports to the NJ Department of Community Affairs. Her hours are M-F 9:15 - 2:15


INSPECTORS

Robert Rusch  - Building Inspector - Ext. 20

Frank Giordano - Plumbing Subcode Inspector

James Hoffmann - Electrical Subcode Inspector 

Allan Silverman - Fire Marshall

The Borough Inspectors conduct land reviews to ensure that projects conform to all code and inspection requirements.

Bob Rusch - Zoning Officer - Ext. 20 

Reviews drawings and surveys for proposed projects to ensure that the zoning code is strictly enforced. Bob also issues all zoning permits.

OFFICE& INSPECTION HOURS

Construction Official:

Monday 10:45am to 1:45pm
Tuesday 7am to 10am
Wednesday 10:45am to 12:45pm
Thursday 7am - 9am
Friday 12:30am to 2pm

For an appointment with the Construction Official call 201-664-1849 Ext 19

Building Dept:  Monday - Friday  9:15am to 2:15pm

Electrical: Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm-6:30pm

Plumbing:  Wednesday & Friday 7:00am-8:30am 

Permits: Issued daily until 9:15am - 2pm

Zoning Officer: Monday 5:30pm to 7:30pm or by Appointment 

  

Building Department Forms, Click Here.

Building Permit Process, Click here.

 
Hours of Construction


Additional information