Municipal Forms Available for Download
see the forms page
for complete list

Municipal Codes
can be viewed online.

Tax Status
check on line to see if property tax payments are current

Municipal Budget
(PDF format)

2013 Adopted
2013 Introduced

2012 Budget
2011 Budget
2010 Budget
2009 Budget
2008 Budget

Wantage Zoning Map
Download PDF

Report of Audit
2013 Financial Statement

2012 Report
2012 AFS
2011 Report

Master Plan Reexamination Report
(PDF format)

Housing Plan and Fair Share Plan Draft - Revised December, 2008
– PDF format

Shelter Activation Procedures
"no heat,
no electricity"

E-Mail List

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Sussex County Community Alerting System
Cell phones can be added. Press Release

Notice to Wantage Township Landlords
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Tenant Letter
View (PDF)

Flu Hotline
Flu Hotline
The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services has opened a toll-free telephone line for the general public to call in regard to H1N1 Influenza and Vaccine.
The telephone line will be operational Monday – Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Municipal Offices

888 State Highway 23
Wantage, NJ 07461

8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

phone: 973-875-7192
fax: 973-875-0801


Public Notices

Running for Office
Signatures are needed to run for the Wantage governing body (Mayor and Committee). Click here for signature requirements.

Grants to Landlords
The Department of Community Affairs is providing grants to landlords who make vacant rental units available to low- and moderate-income households.This incentive will provide landlords with the fair market rents while assisting low and moderate income households obtain affordable housing. read public notice

JCP&L Expands Outage Information on Website
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JCP&L Warns Customers About Possible Scams
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers to beware of telemarketers and door-to-door salespeople claiming to be employees of JCP&L or FirstEnergy. Some third-party salespeople are reportedly using deceptive and/or aggressive tactics to convince customers to switch electric generation suppliers. While JCP&L customers have the right to choose an alternative generation supplier under New Jersey's Energy Choice Program, the company urges customers to be cautious if they are contacted via phone or approached at their home, particularly if the salesperson claims to be affiliated with JCP&L. Read complete notice

Township Newsletter

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Wantage Government

Departments & Offices


James Doherty
(973) 875-7192

Township Registrar
Christine Von Oesen
(973) 875-7192

Township Treasurer
Michelle La Starza
(973) 875-7193

Tax Office

Tax Assessor Kristy Lockburner (973) 875-7193
Tax Collector Melissa Caton (973) 875-7194
Check Status of Taxes On Line
Wantage property owners may now check on line to see if their property tax payments are current. The web site is

Tax information can be accessed by using either your Block and Lot number, or your property location. If taxes are delinquent, the website automatically calculates interest for seven days.

Due Dates for Taxes:

First Quarter Taxes are due on February 01
Second Quarter Taxes are due on May 01
Third Quarter Taxes are due on August 01
Fourth Quarter Taxes are due on November 01

There is a ten day grace period.

If payment is not received within the first ten days of the due date, interest is due from the first day, at the rate of 8% per annum on the first $1500, and 18% per annum on any amount over $1500.

Payment Procedures

Taxes can be paid by mail. Make check payable to Wantage Township and mail to 888 Route 23, Wantage, NJ 07461, Attn: Tax Collector. Please enclose your payment stub. Your cancelled check will be your receipt. If you want a receipt other than the cancelled check, please enclose your entire bill along with a self addressed stamped envelope.

Taxes can be paid in person at the Municipal Building. If you want a receipt, please bring your entire bill. If you are paying by cash, please bring the exact amount. The office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

There is also a drop box on the front of the building for after hours.

Taxes can be paid by credit card only by contacting Official Payments. There is a fee charged for this service. You may call 1-800-272-9829 (Use jurisdiction code 4048) or visit

Property Tax Appeal
Assessment appeals can be filed with the Sussex County Board of Taxation. Assessment appeals must be filed on or before April 1st of the current year or May 1st in a Revaluation/Reassessment year. Any Questions regarding tax appeals should be directed to the Sussex County Board of Taxation at (973) 579-0970
Download more information (PDF)

Homestead Benefit Application Extension
The deadline for filing Homestead Benefit applications was been extended from Friday, October 19 to Friday, December 14. more

Property Taxes Reassessment
We have been ordered by the County Tax Office to perform a reassessment. If, during the process, you have any questions surrounding the reassessment, please feel free to contact our Wantage Tax Assessor - Kristy Lockburner at (973) 875-7193. reassessment newsletter | See Reassessment FAQs

Building Department / Construction Office

Construction & Building Official: Patrick Stefanelli
Available for inspections Monday through Thursday

Electrical Subcode Official: Robert Schultz
Available for inspections Tuesday & Thursday afternoon

Plumbing Subcode Official: John Wycoff
Available for inspections Tuesday & Thursday afternoon

Fire Subcode Official: William Paterson
Available for inspections Tuesday & Thursday afternoon

Administration Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone 973-875-7195
Fax 973-875-0816

The Building Department is responsible for enforcement of the NJ Uniform Construction Code.

Construction Permit Application Packet & Related Forms are available below if you are applying for a permit. Depending on your construction project will dictate which of the subcode technical sheets you will need. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us for advice and assistance.

                   Inspection Checklist (Black ink)
UCC-F 100   Construction Permit Application (Black ink)
UCC-F 110   Building Subcode Technical Section (Black ink)
UCC-F 120   Electrical Subcode Technical Section (Red ink)
UCC-F 130   Plumbing Subcode Technical Section (Blue ink)
UCC-F 140   Fire Subcode Technical Section (Red ink)
UCC-F 270   Application for Certificate (Black ink)
UCC-F 370   Chimney Verification for Replacement of Fuel –Fired Equipment (Black ink)
UCC-F 390   Framing Checklist (Black ink)

A Note from the Building Department
With the rising cost of home heating fuels, many homeowners are deciding to install solid fuel appliances such as wood and pellet stoves to lower their heating bills.

Please be advised that permits are needed to install one in your home or business. Depending on type of unit to be installed, a fire, building or plumbing permit maybe required.

If you have installed or you have purchased a home with an appliance without permits, You may contact our department to apply for a permit and have your stove inspected.

Our main objective is to protect the public from a loss of life or the potential of having Insurance compensation being reduced or eliminated.

Thank you,
Patrick Stefanelli, Construction Official
February 9, 2012

Re-Sale & Rentals:

Housing Official: Patrick Stefanelli
Available for inspections Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

Administration Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
phone: 973-875-7195
fax: 973-875-0816

A Continued Certificate of Habitability is required on all re-sales, rentals, and/or changes or tenancy. Below you can find information that will help you comply with State and Wantage Township code compliance. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us for advice and assistance.

COH Inspection Form (Smoke/Carbon Detector & Extinguisher Compliance)
Location of Detectors/Extinguishers
Continued Certificate of Habitability Visual Inspection List
Landlord Registration Form

Notices to Wantage Township: Landlords | Tenants


Zoning Official: Patrick Stefanelli
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone 973-875-7195
Fax 973-875-0816

A zoning application is required as a condition precedent to the commencement of a use or the erection, construction, reconstruction, restoration, alteration, conversion or installation of a structure or building, which acknowledges that such use, structure, or building complies with the provisions of the municipal zoning ordinance. Fees for the application can range from $25.00 to $150.00 depending on what is applied for per the ordinance. Payment is required with the submission of zoning application. *NOTE: This document is NOT a Building Permit! A Building Permit MUST be obtained prior to the commencement of any construction/repair! Should the approval be denied an applicant may request to go to the Land Use Board for consideration of said intent. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us for advice and assistance.

Zoning Map (Can be purchased thru Administration Office)
Zoning Permit Application
Zoning Application Permit Fee
Municipal Codes can be viewed online.

Municipal Court

Court Clerk
(973) 875-7310

Road Department / Public Works

Township Garage
(973) 875-5148

2014 Legal Holidays

Municipal offices will be closed for the following holidays:
Wednesday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 17 President’s Day
Friday, April 18 Good Friday
Monday, May 26 Memorial Day
Friday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 1 Labor Day
Tuesday, November 11 Veterans Day Observed Day
Thursday, November 27 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 28 Day after Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 25 Christmas
Friday, December 26 Day afterChristmas

Mayor & Committee

The Town Committe normally meets at 7 p.m. on the second and last Thursday of the month at the Municipal Building. See Meetings & Minutes page for meeting schedule.

2014 Municipal Roster

Mayor: Bill DeBoer
14 Beemer Road
Republican Term expires 12/31/14
Deputy Mayor: Bill Gaechter
53 Wantage School Road
Republican Term expires 12/31/15
Committeeman: Ronald Bassani
6 Roberts Way
Republican Term expires 12/31/16
Administrator: Jim Doherty
201 Old Clove Road

Township 2014 Professional Appointments

Public Defender: James P. Sloan thru 12/31/14
Alternate Pub. Def. Chris H. Colabella, Daniel P. Agatino thru 12/31/14
Judge: Craig Dana thru 05/23/14
Attorney: Michael Garofalo thru 12/31/14
Bond Counsel: Edward McManimon thru 12/31/14
Auditor: Thomas Ferry thru 12/31/14
Architect: Charles Schaffer thru 12/31/14
Prosecutor: William Haggerty thru 12/31/14
Engineer: Harold E. Pellow thru 12/31/15


Township Government 2014 Mayor's Appointments

Subdivision Approval Certification Officer: James R. Doherty
Recycling Coordinator: James R. Doherty
Principal Public Works Manager: James R. Doherty
Assessment Search Officer: James R. Doherty
Qualified Purchasing Agent: James R. Doherty
Municipal Affordable Housing Liaison: James R. Doherty
Public Agency Compliance Officer for Affirmative Action James R. Doherty
Municipal Chief Finance Officer: Michelle LaStarza
PERS/PFRS Certifying Agent: Michelle LaStarza
Tax Search Officer: Melissa Caton
Animal Control Officer: John Abate
Risk Management Consultant - Health: Frank Covelli, PIA
Risk Manag. Consult. Statewide Insurance: Scott Readlinger, HUB
Mayor’s Representative to SWAC: Bill DeBoer
Emergency 911 Coordinator: Joseph Konopinski

Fire Prevention
Wantage has entered into a shared service arrangement with Vernon Township for Vernon to handle our Fire Prevention needs. Contact info:

Fire Marshal
Telephone 973.764.4055, ext. 2271

Address: 21 Church Street,Vernon, NJ


3-Year Terms – “Currently Inactive”