Wantage Township New Jersey

888 State Highway 23

Wantage Township Standards for Erecting Mailboxes

Any Mailbox or Newspaper Delivery Box (hereafter referred to as mailbox) will not be allowed to exist on the Township's right-of-way if it interferes with the safety of the traveling public or the function, maintenance, or operation of the Public Works Department.

A single mailbox must be installed with supports that are at minimum a 4" x 4" wood post or 1-1/2 inch to 2 inch diameter standard steel pipe post embedded securely no more than 24" into the ground. Any post that is less than 4" x 4" wood or 1-1/2 to 2" steel pipe (fluted wood post, cast iron, etc.) does not meet proper design.

The post-to-box attachment should have sufficient strength to prevent the box from separating from the post top if the installation is struck: by a vehicle or snow thrown by a passing plow vehicle.

The face of the mailbox must be 12" behind the face of the curb or edge of the road. The bottom of the box must be between 42" to 48" above the road surface.

Any mailbox not meeting these standards will not be eligible for repair by the Township if any damage does occur to the mailbox during snow related removal procedures or roadwork within the right-of-way. The box and post must be maintained so it is free from rot or structural weakness during the course of its life.

Mailbox Location Detail

General Notes:

  • Post must be a minimum of 4"x4" wood or 2" diameter steel pipe.
  • Face of mailbox must be 12" behind face of curb or edge of pavement.
  • Height of mailbox must be between 42" and 48" above the road surface.
  • Post must be embedded securely into the ground 24" deep.
  • Mailbox must be securely fastened to the post

diagram of the specifications noted above