Community Events


Resident's Guide to a Borough Council Meeting

Learn about how Borough Council Meetings are structured, how the agenda works, and to help you share your ideas and concerns with the Council and Mayor.

Downtown Bernardsville

Central Business District Public Discussion

Discussion of Downtown Trends, Planning Tools, Design Examples to improve our Downtown.


Open Space & Recreation Plan

The Open Space & Recreation Plan Update (2016) acts as a guide for the Borough of Bernardsville’s open space program. Its implementation is essential in maintaining the community’s character, and to preserve and improve the quality of life for its residents.

Radon Detection Canisters Available

Radon Detection Canisters Available

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon detection canisters are available for purchase by residents at the Bernards Township Health Dept., 262 South Finley Ave., Basking Ridge. One kit per household, available at reduced cost of $10 per kit.

2017 Master Plan Re-Examination Report

This 2017 Master Plan Re-examination for the Borough of Bernardsville presents the findings and recommendations of your Planning Board concerning the future of our community.

New Bernardsville Borough
Live Video Channel

Live meeting video and audio

Walking Tour

Olcott Historic District
Walking Tour

Welcome to the Olcott Historic District Walking Tour. The tour covers a distance of approximately 1.6 miles and starts at the Bernardsville United Methodist Church ending at the Olcott Building.

County Shredding Events

County Shredding Events

Somerset County offers Shredding Events at various locations. If you want to shred personal documents safely, then come to one of the events.

Pay Your Property Tax &
Sewer Bills Online

The Borough of Bernardsville now offers the option to pay your Property Tax and Sewer Bills online with your checking account, debit card, or credit card. Service Charges apply.

Jersey Central Power
& Light 24/7 Power Center

The industry's leading online map that delivers fast and accurate outage information to desktop, smart phone and mobile devices

Tree Cutting Permits

Permits Required
For Tree-Cutting

Tree cutting in Bernardsville requires a permit. Please contact the Shade Tree Committee Secretary by calling (908) 766-3000 ext.110.

Visit Bernardsville Public Library

Visit Bernardsville
Public Library

Bernardsville Public Library is known for extraordinary service provided to all in a friendly and knowledgeable manner.

Visit for the wonderful programs, free ESL classes, art exhibitions, & great library services.

The library is located in the heart of Bernardsville's business district at 1 Anderson Hill Road.

2012 Compost Site Operating Schedule

Compost Facility

Bernardsville Borough operates & maintains a year-round composting facility for resident use.

We encourage residents to make use of this facility for their yard brush and leaf composting needs.

Sommerville County Recycling

Somerset County

Recycling for Borough is performed by the County. Please check the link below for information and schedules.

Please be advised that the Planning Board Work or Committee Meeting scheduled for June 21, 2018 has been cancelled.

Update 06.19.2018 - Please review the Bernardsville RecreationDay Camp Guidelines and Regulations.


Registration for the Bernardsville Recreation’s 2018 Summer Camps will begin Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Borough Hall, 166 Mine Brook Rd., from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can also register at 8 a.m. online at

The summer camps run for six weeks starting on June 25th. If you have any questions, please contact the Recreation Department at (908) 766-2546.

Affordable Housing Development - Request For Qualifications
Public discussion on the three applicants will take place at the June 25th meeting.  View each of the applicant's qualifications below.

Community Investment Strategies (CIS)
RPM Development Group

Results do not include mail in and provisional ballots.

Two hundred and fifty shrubs and 15 trees were planted at Nervine Park on May 23, 2018 as part of a project to restore natural vegetation around the pond and improve water quality.  
The native trees and shrubs will filter out contaminants in stormwater runoff, prevent bank erosion, and provide shade along the edge of the pond to promote healthy water temperatures.
The pond was created by a dam on the Mine Brook, a major tributary of the North Branch of the Raritan River. Local watershed watchdog Raritan Headwaters recently found water quality in the Mine Brook to be “impaired” at its confluence with the North Branch in Far Hills.
The Borough of Bernardsville partnered with Raritan Headwaters to apply for the grant from The Nature Conservancy’s Roots for Rivers Program to purchase the trees and shrubs. 
The planting was completed with the help of 21 volunteers from the Bernards High School Green Team (teacher advisor: Christine Albanese- DeMair), the Bernardsville Middle School, the Bernardsville Environmental Commission, and members of the public. Mayor Kevin Sooy, who was among the volunteers, plans to honor all the student volunteers at an upcoming Borough Council Meeting.  Raritan Headwaters generously donated staff time and equipment for the project. 
Borough Environmental Commission members Kristi MacDonald and Kerry Haselton, provided training and supervision during the tree planting. Bernardsville’s Facilities Manager, Doug Walker, was a major partner in the project and the Facilities and Grounds Maintenance crew, played a major role in transporting trees and digging holes.
The native species planted include a variety of shrubby dogwoods, winterberry holly, viburnums, chokeberry and trees such as redbud, river birch, ironwood, and shadbush.  Their flowers and berries will provide food for pollinators and birds.  As the shrubs mature and grow, they will deter Canada geese from congregating in high densities around the pond, thus reducing the amount of goose waste on the walkways and lawn areas. 
The plantings will be maintained by the Borough of Bernardsville and volunteers. Care will include control of invasive Japanese knotweed, protection of trees from deer browsing and inadvertent damage from mowing, and follow-up watering while trees and shrubs become established.  The project is part of a larger plan to make the park more attractive to residents, which includes expanding the walkway to encircle the pond and installing a playground.
The North and South Branch region provides drinking water to 1.5 million people downstream in more urban areas of New Jersey. To learn more about the watershed and its protection visit

Attention all Somerset County homeowners and farmers:

There will be five scheduled days for Household Hazardous Waste Drop-offs, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that materials accepted on Household Hazardous Waste Days are NOT the same as those accepted at 1st Saturday of the Month Drop-off Days. Waste will not be accepted from commercial vehicles. For dates, locations, and a full list of accepted and not accepted items see below.

  • March 17th - Bernards Township Public Works Garage
                          277 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge
  • April 21st - Warren Township Public Works Garage
                        1 Bardy Rd., Warren
  • June 16th - Franklin Township Senior Community Center
                       Parking Lot 
                       505 DeMott Lane, Somerset
  • September 22nd - Branchburg Township Public Works Garage
                                  34 Kenbury Rd. Branchburg
  • October 20 -  South County Public Works Garage
                          410 Roycefield Rd. Hillsborough


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