Andover Municipal Departments

Animal Control
Clerk's Office
Emergency Squad
Finance Department
Fire Department
Police Department
Public Works
Tax Office

Township Administrator

Patricia L. Bussow, RMC/CMR
phone: 973-383-4280 Ext. 223
fax: 973-383-5039

The administrator's office is open
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
excluding holidays.

Animal Control

Andover Township utilizes Wantage Animal Control. Phone calls are handled by the Andover Township Police Department at 973-383-5544. The police will then dispatch the Animal Control Officer.

Dog Licensing
Dog license form
Dog license renewals are due by January 31.
Please secure the current license to your dog's collar.

Dog Licensing Official
phone: 973-383-4280
fax: 973-383-5039
Mailing address: 134 Newton-Sparta Road, Newton, N.J.

if you no longer own your dog, if it is deceased, or if you have moved out of the Township, please notify this office immediately. Failure to do so can result in unnecessary paperwork in the future and a possible summons.

Rabies Clinic
Andover Township holds a free annual rabies clinic. Date and information will be posted on the municipal news page.

Ordinance 2017-12 limits to five the number of dogs on a residential property unless the property is qualified as a farm. Six or more dogs constitutues a kennel. Read full ordinance.

Building/Construction/Zoning Office

Construction permit applications and forms can be found on our forms page and/or on the NJ State Codes and Standards page.
Vacant and Abandoned Properties Registration Form

Ordinance 2018-05
An ordinance amending Chapter 122 entitled "Property, Abandoned" to add a new section 122-19 entitled "Registration Fees"" of the Code of the Township of Andover. View ordinance. Property registration form.

Ordinance 2013-02
An ordinance amending Chapter 190 "Zoning", Section 190-9 "Zoning Permit", K. "Fee Schedule for Application for Zoning Permit" of the Code of the Township of Andover. View ordinance.

Construction Office
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Building Department/State Representatives can be reached at: 973-383-4280 Ext. 240 or call 908-713-0722 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Zoning Officer
Craig Bollmann
973-383-4280 Ext. 231
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire Inspector
Dan Hennighan
Application forms can be picked up at the Municipal Building or downloaded from the Forms and Application page.

Smoke and Carbon certification for businesses in Andover Township need to contact the county Fire Marshal/Coordinator at 973-579-0380 / FAX 973-579-0850.

Fire Marshall/Fire Coordinator
Virgil R. Rome, Jr.

Standardized Forms for Fire Safety Permit Application, Life Hazard Use Registration, Non-Life Hazard Use Registration, Request for Variance, and Request for Extension of Time can be found on the Sussex County Sheriff's website.

Clerk's Office

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registrar will be available from 8:30 to 3:30 for any vital records requests.
The Clerk's Office is located in Room 204 on the second floor of the Municipal Building.
phone: 973-383-4280
fax: 973-383-9977

Municipal Clerk/Administrator/Registrar
Patricia L. Bussow, RMC/CMR
973-383-4280 ext. 223
fax: 973-383-5039

Deputy Registrar / Deputy Municipal Clerk
ToniLu Martin
973-383-4280 ext. 224

Duties of the Municipal Clerk
The duties of the Municipal Clerk include secretary to the municipal corporation and custodian of the municipal seal and all minutes, deeds, bonds, contracts and archival records. As secretary to the governing body, the Municipal Clerk prepares the meeting agendas and is present at all meetings. The minutes of the meetings must be recorded and kept by the Municipal Clerk.

The Municipal Clerk serves as the chief administrative officer in the School Board, Primary and General Elections held in the municipality. The duties of the Municipal Clerk also include serving as administrative officer responsible for the acceptance of applications for licenses and permits for their issuance. These licenses include Pet Shop and Dog Kennel, Liquor, Amusement Machine, and Raffle Licenses to name a few.

As Registrar of Vital Statistics the Municipal Clerk completes the applications for marriage licenses, burial permits, death and birth certificates. All certified copies of these documents are issued through this officer.

The Municipal Clerk prepares resolutions and ordinances and forwards said documents to the local newspaper for publication as required by law.

As the Civil Service Appointing Authority, all personnel records are maintained for every employee in this office.

Additional information is available from the Sussex County Clerk's office at

Due to the diversity of the Municipal Clerk's office, it is the heart of the municipality.


Joint Municipal Court of Andover Township, Byram Township, Hampton Township, Fredon Township, and Andover Borough

Court Notice
During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have canceled their in-person court sessions. With the use of technology, certain cases may be able to be heard and adjudicated remotely. It is advised that you contact the court to set up a video court proceeding and provide your telephone and email address.

Mission Statement
We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State.

Core Values
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Quality Service

Andover Township Municipal Building
134 Newton Sparta Road, Newton, NJ  07860

Municipal Judge : James G. Devine
Court Administrator : Helga Walls, CMCA
Prosecutor : Anthony J. Arbore, Esq.
Public Defender : John Grey, Jr
ADA Officer : Helga Walls, CMCA

Business Hours & Court Sessions
Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Court Sessions are held
2nd Tuesday - 9:00 a.m.
2nd Thursday - 6:00 p.m.
3rd Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
4th Thursday - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Dates and times are subject to change. Please call Court to confirm your court date.

Contact Information
Phone #: 973-383-4280 X 4
Fax #: 973-383-6328
Email address:


  1. If you make a payment in person, fines may be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit card.
  2. Payment by mail may be made by money order or check, PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH IN THE MAIL. *Please reference your summons or ticket number.
  3. You may also pay payable traffic tickets online at

Please advise the municipal court office in advance if you require an ADA accommodation.

If you need the service of an interpreter, please notify the municipal court PRIOR to your court appearance.

Expedited Expungement
If you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, or a municipal ordinance violation, and those charges are either dismissed, you are acquitted, or your case is discharged without a conviction or finding of guilt, you may be eligible for an expedited expungement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6. For more information and to determine if you are eligible, you may inquire with the municipal court at the time of disposition.

Mediation is a confidential, structured, non-adversarial process that allows a neutral third party to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution. The mediation process can be a less expense, informal, and more meaningful alternative than the traditional trial process. This is because of the efforts of trained volunteers and resolution being decided by the participants. The court will refer appropriate cases to mediation.

Important Links
Under this link you can find General Information, and the Opening Statement Video link. You may also find useful information under the Self-help Center. Welcome to New Jersey Courts (English) Welcome to New Jersey Courts (Spanish)
Link to New Jersey DMV point schedule.
Link to pay a ticket on line.
Your Day In Court (English) Your Day In Court (Spanish)
How to File an Appeal (English)
How to File an Appeal (Spanish)
How to Expunge Your Criminal Record

Forms Looking for Municipal Court Records?
Complete the Request Form (PDF)

Emergency Squad


Lakeland Emergency Squad has been proudly serving Andover Borough, Andover Township, and Byram Township for the past 78 years. Our coverage area is approximately 50 square miles of southern Sussex County, where over 15,000 people reside (about 10% of the County's population). We also provide mutual aid emergency medical services to surrounding areas in Sussex, Warren, and Morris Counties when needed. Annually, Lakeland EMS responds to 1,200+ calls for assistance, which range from minor medical emergencies to more serious, life-threatening incidents, motor vehicle collisions, fires, and stand-bys at community events.

Our dedicated group of members consists of approximately 50 residents who serve in various capacities. All members are certified in CPR and the majority of our members are also certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Other members are a part of our Rescue Services Unit or serve as drivers. New in 2017, Lakeland welcomed the creation of its Auxiliary Corps. We have many positions available to meet your interest level. Please consider joining our team to help us continue our strong tradition of dedicated service to our friends and neighbors.

Each year, the Lakeland Emergency Squad gives back to our local communities in other ways. We host the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Wild West City, sponsor local scouting organizations, and provide scholarships for two graduating eighth graders from the Andover Regional and Byram School Districts who emanate an outstanding focus on volunteerism and community support.

In early 2017, Lakeland completed a rigorous NJ Department of Health inspection process to become only the third State licensed EMS agency within the County. With this licensure, we have also begun to recover rapidly increasing costs by way of third-party medical insurance billing. Having previously provided our services free of charge for nearly 78 years, this change will allow the Squad to have a more stable future continuing to serve our residents and businesses for years to come. Furthermore, large expenses such as vehicle maintenance and repairs, building upgrades, and equipment replacement will be covered by the Squad without additional burdens on our municipal budgets. If you, your neighbors, or someone you know from a surrounding municipality are interested in joining, please make contact with us at (973) 347-2123, via Facebook, or by visiting our website at All training is provided at no cost to you!

Finance Department

The duties of the finance personnel are further enumerated in the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Andover and in New Jersey Statutes Annotated, Title 40A.

Requests for payments must be accompanied by supporting documentation and attached to a township voucher signed by the vendor, department head, administrator, and chief financial officer. Completed vouchers must be received seven business days prior to the township meeting. All bills are submitted to the Mayor and Committee for their approval at a township meeting, usually the second meeting of the month.

Chief Financial Officer
Toni Grisaffi
(973) 383-4280 ext. 258

Budget, Grants, Debt, Cash Management, Tax Information (for tax bill questions contact the Tax Collector), Financial Statements and Reports.

Duties: In consultation with the governing body, is responsible for overall facets of planning, execution, and reporting associated with the township's finances. Maintains financial records of the township in accordance with the requirements of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey. This includes budget preparation and execution, debt procurement, cash flow, pre-audit all payment vouchers, and grant accounting. Compiles monthly and annual operating expenditure and revenue reports. Develops cash management program to meet current operating and capital needs. Prepares payroll and mandatory agency reports.  

Deputy Treasurer
(973) 383-4280 Ext.226.

Payroll, Investments, Employee Health Benefits and Records.
Duties: Accounts for the revenues collected from every township department.
Administers the disbursement of all Township funds. This includes payments to the county, school and vendors. Solicits competitive pricing. Administers the biweekly payroll for township employees and handles all payroll related issues. Administers employee health benefits and records, worker's compensation claims, and safety coordinator duties.

Fire Department


625 Limecrest Road
Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 383-4431
(973) 383-6646

The Andover Township Fire Department is an all-volunteer organization. These men and women generously give their time and energy to protect the Township and surrounding areas from fire and other disasters. Their dedication and unselfish service is greatly appreciated and admired by town residents.

Health Department / Board of Health

973-383-4280 x 234

The State of New Jersey mandates that each municipality have a Board of Health to serve its residents. There are several types of Boards which are determined by the population of the municipality and whether the municipality belongs to a central Health Department such as we do—The Sussex County Department of Health, Public Safety & Senior Services. It is the duty of the local Board of Health to maintain files of each and every permit issued by the Sussex County Health Department on behalf of the Township for a well or septic system. Keeping these files in the Municipal Building is a convenience to the residents who might need to retrieve a copy of their individual well or septic permits.

We also issue yearly food handler licenses to all the businesses in the Township that serve or handle food. The Sussex County Health Department will inspect these businesses after we notify them that the business has renewed its license for the year. Another area of responsibility is hosting and running the yearly free rabies clinic. These clinics are supported by the State Health Department which provides the vaccine at no cost to the Township. The Township does provide for the veterinarian to administer the shots. The Board Members participate by issuing the rabies certificates to the dog and cat owners.

The Secretary of the Board of Health is responsible for keeping the files that contain copies of all correspondence sent and received. Monthly meetings are held for the members of the Board of Health to review the correspondence received and sent and any issues that are considered related to Board of Health issues. The Secretary takes minutes and prepares a packet that is sent to each member that contains the minutes of the previous meeting along with a meeting agenda for the current meeting.

The Andover Township Board of Health meets quarterly, prior to the regular Township Committee second montly meeting, in March, June, September, and December at the Municipal Building. Meeting agenda will be posted on the day of the meeting. If it has not been posted, it will be available at the Municipal Building prior to the start of the meeting.

Police Department

In an emergency call 911

The Andover Township police station is located at 145 Lake Iliff Road. Non-emergency phone number is 973-383-5544. More information at

Public Works Department

Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Municipal Garage is located behind the Municipal Building.

(973) 383-4280, Ext. 225
(973) 383-4765 fax

Darren Dickinson, Supervisor

The Department of Public Works is responsible for clearing and maintaining 63 miles of roads in summer and winter, as well as caring for the grounds, recreation facilities, and public buildings in the Township.

Brush Pickup October and April, weather permitting. The cut end of the brush must be facing the roadway and be neatly piled, not crossed. The maximum diameter of limbs is 3 inches. For safety reasons, thorn bushes and briar bushes will not be picked up. Please note: brush pickup is for our residents’ convenience when clearing away overgrown trees and bushes or when storm damage occurs. We do not have the large machinery to pick up huge amounts of brush. Any commercially cut trees or bushes causing an abundance of brush cannot be picked up by our DPW crew. The SCMUA Recycling Center located on Rte. 94 in Lafayette is available to all residents. The SCMUA phone number is 973-579-6998.

Leaf Pickup: The month of November only. Must be in brown paper bags or other biodegradable bags.

Christmas Tree Dropoff: During the Month of January. Trees should be brought to the lower parking lot at Hillside Park, Lake Iliff Road. When weather permits, the trees will be chipped into mulch and will be available to all residents. Christmas trees will not be picked up curbside.


2020 Trash & Recycling Schedule | Information

Contact Person: Toni-Lu Martin
Phone: 973-383-4280 Ext. 224
fax: 973-383-9977

recycle coach

Collection items should be placed curbside no sooner than 24 hours prior to pick-up. All information listed below pertains to all residents of Andover Township, including those at Rolling Hills Condominiums.

Appropriate container size is 32 gallons with a limit of two (2) per week for trash.

Freon Appliances—FREON MUST BE REMOVED from Refrigerators/freezers (doors removed), dehumidifiers and air conditioners. If item still has Freon in it, it can be brought directly to the SCMUA where they remove the Freon [$10].

Bring your rechargeable batteries to the Municipal Building for proper recycling.

Recycling—must be placed in a reusable container no larger than 32 gallons with exterior handles (no 55 gallon drums or homemade containers). No plastic bags allowed. Corrugated goods must be flattened and cannot contain any other packing material (peanuts and Styrofoam, etc.). Newspapers and magazines can either be crossed tied and bundled or put in a permanent container with other fiber recycling.

See the notices page for more recycling information

Tax Office

Tax Collector
Daryn L. Cashin, CTC
973-383-4280 Ext. 228
973-383-4328 fax

Tax Assessor
Jack Marchione
973 383-4280 Ext. 239
Office hours: Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m.

Taxpayer Information
Forms and Applications
Property Taxpayers Bill of Rights

The tax office will accept tax payments Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The Tax Collector's Office is located in room 202 of the Municipal Building.

Municipal Tax Collectors are licensed officials, governed by the New Jersey Division of Local Government and regulated by New Jersey State Statutes. The general duties of the Tax Office is to collect revenues (taxes) to fund local schools, municipalities, and county governments. Specific functions include collection of taxes, generation of tax bills, enforcement through penalties and interest, redemption's, tax sales, and reporting.

Second quarter taxes are due by May 11. Please mail payment or use our secure drop box located at the entrance to the Municipal Building.

Municipal Building

134 Newton-Sparta Road,
Andover Township, N.J.
(physical address)

134 Newton-Sparta Road
Newton, N.J. 07860
(mailing address)

phone: 973-383-4280
fax: 973-383-9977

Summer Office Hours:
M, T, W : 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thurs: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There is a secure payment drop box on a pillar at the front entrance of the municipal building. You can drop any form of correspondence for any office, or any payments for tax, court, animal licensing, etc. (NO CASH PLEASE!!!) at any time. The box will be checked both first thing in the morning and at the close of each business day. Please note that payments left after closing will not be credited to your account until our next business day.

For more information on a specific department, click the name from the list at the top of the page.

Andover Township is governed by a Mayor and Committee who are chosen through partisan elections held in annually November. The Mayor and the four Committee members handle legislative functions. A full-time Administrator assists the Mayor and Council and coordinates the operations of government departments.