Community Events

Friday, November 27, 2015

Day after Thanksgiving - Borough Hall Closed

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Rabies Shot Clinics

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day - Borough Hall Closed

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rabies Shot Clinics

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Planning Board Work or Committee

Monday, December 7, 2015

Board of Adjustment

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Recreation Committee

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Environmental Commission

Department of Public Works

Public Works

The Public Works Department consists of the Road Department and the Sewer Department.

Garbage disposal is the responsibility of the resident and they must contract with a private waste hauler for pickup.

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Bernardsville suspended the Borough's Spring Curbside Garbage Pickup in 2010. Economic conditions and budget constraints led to this decision by the governing body. Residents are encouraged to contact their private waste hauler to arrange for disposal of bulk waste.

Recycling for the Borough is handled by Somerset County.

For water service inquiries contact NJ American Water Company at 1-800-652-6987 (1-800-NJ AM WTR): For customers whose accounts begin with 18: 1-800-272-1325: For customers whose accounts begin 52, 53, 54, 55: E-mail:

To report a Street Light out go to the First Energy website.

Road Department

The Bernardsville Road Department has many responsibilities and provides a number of services, including but not limited to the following:

  • Maintenance and repair of 53 miles of Borough streets and roads
  • Plowing and salting of roads during the winter
  • Clearing road shoulders of vegetation
  • Tree removals for site distance at road intersections
  • Storm sewer system maintenance and catch basin repair
  • Operation of the Borough compost facility
  • Maintenance of Borough buildings and grounds
  • Maintenance, service and repair of all Borough vehicles and equipment including police vehicles
  • Installation and replacement of street signs and regulatory signs
  • Preparation for Borough events
  • Clean up storm damage
  • Set up detours for tree work, road reconstruction, vehicle accidents, etc.
  • Sweep streets and roads
  • Leaf collection
  • On call around the clock for emergencies, including sewer problems
  • Most employees are Fire or First Aid personal

To find out who maintains the roads in the Borough, please refer to the Road List.

Five (5) Year Road Repair Plan

For further information regarding seasonal items, general information, and policies, please refer to:

Sewer Department

The Bernardsville Sewer Department has many responsibilities and provides a number of services, including but not limited to the following:

  • Maintenance and operation of wastewater treatment plant
  • Maintenance and operation of sewer collection system consisting of 19 miles of sewer main, 540 manholes, and 6 pumping stations
  • Grease traps inspection of commercial property
  • On call around the clock for sewer blockages and other emergencies
  • Assist with leaf collection and snow plowing

The homeowner is responsible for the sewer laterals from the house to the Borough sewer main.

In the event of a sewer backup, please call the Road Department @ 908-766-3000 (Ext. 126) or the Police Dispatch @ 908-766-0037. The Road Department will inspect the town manholes to check for a blocked sewer main and unclog the blockage if it exists. If no blockage exists in the town sewer main, the homeowner is responsible for unclogging the blockage.

For the Environmental Stormwater Management Ordinances, please refer to the following:

2015 Residential Leaf Collection

To assist the Borough Road Department to efficiently perform leaf collection services it is important that residents comply with the following procedures for the placement of leaves:

1.    Leaf collection will be provided twice on each roadway during the pickup period which will begin on November 2, 2015.  Note that pickup will not be made in the 3, 5, or 10 acre zones nor will pickup be made on commercial properties.

2.    Leaves will be picked up in two (2) pickup periods and at least one (1) pickup will be made on each roadway during each period. Residents should place their leaves along the edge of the roadway, but not on the paved portion of the roadway by November 2, 2015 , but not before October 25 for the first pickup and by November 22, 2015 for the second pickup period. Note that the leaf crews will not return once they have provided one (1) pickup on your roadway during the second pickup period. After this time residents must bring their leaves to the compost facility as noted below.

3.    Leaves should be placed in piles no more than five feet wide. Bagged leaves will not be accepted. Please keep the vehicular traveled way clear of leaves.

4.    Leaves should not be placed where they may cause a hazard such as on the paved portion of the roadway, on sidewalks, in drainage ditches, on catch basins or in front of fire hydrants or mailboxes.

5.    In areas with sidewalks, leaves should be placed as close to the curb as possible.

6.    There should be no foreign matter such as rocks, wood chips, sticks, branches, logs, cans, etc. mixed in with the leaves. Piles with foreign matter in them will be left at the roadside by leaf collection crews. Note that leaf collection crews will not pick up brush left at roadside. Residents leaving brush piles in the roadway will be subject to penalty.

7.    Leaves should not be placed under bushes, hedges, fences or low trees or in any location that would obstruct the leaf machine from picking up leaves, including along steep embankments, in raised flower beds, etc.

8.    No vehicles should be parked on or in front of any leaf pile.
9.    In accordance with new NJDEP Stormwater regulations, leaves should not be placed within 10 feet of any storm sewer catch basin.

Leaves make excellent compost. Please compost wherever possible.  If you have a wooded section of your property, please consider blowing your leaves into this area.  

Residents may bring leaves to the compost facility at the Bernardsville Landfill on Pill Hill Road on Saturdays between 9:00am and 2:30pm both during and after the leaf collection season.

View Leaf Notice Here

2015 Somerset County Shred Schedule

Somerset County will be offering Shredding Events at various locations. For the full list of the 2015 Somerset County Shred Schedule, please click on the link below.

All events are held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Until the Trucks are Full. For information call 908-203-6018.