Bridgewater Township Municipal Building 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (908) 725-6300 Monday- Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Township Clerk

Click Here for Important Information/Dates/Deadlines with Regard To the 2021 Elections
~3/31/2021

The Municipal Clerk is a statutory position. Under Bridgewater’s form of government, the Clerk is appointed by the Township Council, and is a direct link between the residents and their government. The Municipal Clerk’s duties are secretary to the municipal corporation and the governing body, chief administrative officer in all elections, coordinator and records manager of local archives and record retention, licensing official for licenses including alcoholic beverages, dogs, cats, raffles, bingo and other games of chance, and other duties as imposed by statute, regulation or municipal ordinance.

Township Clerk:
Linda Doyle, RMC

100 Commons Way
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 725-6300 Ext. 5020
bwtclerk@bridgewaternj.gov

OPRA REQUESTS:
(Open Public Records Act)
Requests for Open Public Records are requested through this office. By law, the Township has seven (7) business days to respond to the requestor. On March 20, 2020, however, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy took action and modified the deadline by which public agencies are required to respond to requests for government records during a period of emergency. During the COVID-19 Crisis, we will make every effort to respond to OPRA requests in a timely manner. In most cases, it will be within 30-days of receipt.

THE OPRA REQUEST FORM CAN BE FOUND HERE. Email the completed OPRA request to bwtclerk@bridgewaternj.gov or deputyclerk@bridgewaternj.gov or Fax to 908-707-1235

DOG & CAT LICENSES:
State Law requires the owners of all dogs and cats seven (7) months of age OR with permanent teeth to apply for a license annually. While Licensing is conducted throughout the year, Dog Licenses are generally issued in the month of January and Cat Licenses are generally issued in the month of June.

Due to COVID-19, the preferred methods to process Dog/Cat Registrations are:

  1. Drop off in the NEW Township Drop Box located at the municipal parking lot on the Police side of the complex.
  2. Mail to 100 Commons Way – Bridgewater, NJ 08807 ATT: Animal Licensing

Enclose a check or money order (NO CASH) payable to “Bridgewater Township” and enclose a Self- Addressed STAMPED envelope for us to mail your license and tag back to you. Additional postage is required when mailing back more than one license. PLEASE ENSURE CORRECT POSTAGE.

Cost for Dogs: $15.00 Altered or $18.00 if NOT Altered.
Cost for Cats: $5.00, No late fees
Note: Late Fees (for Dogs) are an additional $3.00 after February 1st and $10.00 after June 1st per license.

RABIES VACCINATION MUST be good for the licensing period which means it must be good through November 1ST  (Dogs) & May 1ST (Cats) of the licensing year. Proof of current rabies vaccination must be provided if new to our system, near expiration or expired.  Proof of spaying/neutering is required unless previously provided.

DOG AND CAT APPLICATION FORM CAN BE FOUND HERE. If a dog/cat is already in our system, an application is not required.

LIMOUSINE APPLICATIONS:
A Limousine letter of Compliance is required for owners of Limousines whose businesses are located in Bridgewater. Limo licenses are issued throughout the year.

Limousine Applications must be submitted in person.  In order for us to issue your letter of compliance, the Township requires that you provide an original certificate of insurance in the amount of NO LESS than $1.5 million and requires that Bridgewater Township be named on the certificate. A $25.00 application fee for each vehicle is also required.

LIMOUSINE APPLICATION FORM CAN BE FOUND HERE.

LANDLORD REGISTRATIONS:
Within 30-days of transfer of ownership or creation of new apartment, every landlord of a dwelling, except owner-occupied premises with not more than two(2) rental units must file with the clerk of the municipality in which the residential property is situated, a certificate of registration.

Landlord registrations are filed annually in this Office. They can be mailed, emailed or submitted in person.

LANDLORD APPLICATION FORM CAN BE FOUND HERE

BINGO APPLICATIONS, RAFFLE APPLICATIONS AND BINGO/RAFFLE AMENDMENTS
These must be submitted in person to the Clerk’s office and must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Must show original copy of organization’s registration card from NJ Legalized Game of Chance Control Commission
  • All applications must be filed in quadruplicate with ORIGINAL signatures of at least two members and one officer in charge
  • All applications must be notarized
  • Organization should be prepared to submit two checks for fees that may be incurred when applications are submitted
  • New organizations must include a copy of its by-laws

Application Forms:

LGCCC Application for Bingo License

LGCCC Application for Raffle License

LGCCC Application to Amend Bingo/Raffle License

LGCCC Initial Affidavit and Application for Biennial Registration

SOCIAL AFFAIR PERMITS
These applications are filed online and must be applied for at least 21 days prior to the event date. There will be a 7 business day deferral of processing this permit to allow for municipal review. CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE WITH POSSE ABC

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are applying for this permit less than 21 days prior to the event date, you must submit a paper application to the Clerk’s Office at least 14 days in advance. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE SOCIAL AFFAIRS APPLICATION HERE.

NOTARY PUBLIC
All Clerk’s Office personnel are notaries. We certify people’s identities on documents and authenticate true copies of original documents.

While appointments are not required, they are recommended.

SALE OF MAPS AND LAND USE BOOKS

MAPS – (Street, Zoning, Fire Districts, Voting Districts) can be purchased in the Clerk’s office for $1.61.

TOWNSHIP CODE – Land Use Books (Chapter 126 of the Municipal Code), including the Zoning Map can be purchased in the Clerk’s Office for $35.40.

ELECTIONS AND VOTING INFORMATION
The Municipal Clerk is the Chief Administrative Officer in all elections held in the municipality and the Chief Registrar of Voters in the municipality. 

To be eligible to vote:

  • A person must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the next ensuing election
  • Must be a United States citizen and be a resident of the State of New Jersey and of the County at least 30 days before the election.
  • Not be on parole, probation or serving sentence due to a conviction for an indictable offense under any federal or state laws.

Registration of new voters is required prior to the 28th day preceding the election. Voters may register after the deadline, but registrant should be advised that he will not be eligible to vote in the election immediately forthcoming but will be eligible to vote in elections held thereafter.  Evening registration is held at the Somerset County Administration Building , from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the twenty-ninth (29th) day prior to election.

CLICK HERE to check whether you are registered to vote.

To Access the Voter Registration Form, Vote by Mail Form and other Elections related information, visit the Somerset County Election Page by CLICKING HERE.

VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION (can be mailed or submitted in person)

Application for Mail-In Ballot – The application must be either mailed to the County Clerk seven days prior to the election OR must be handed in at the County Clerk’s office before 3 p.m. on the day prior to the election.

IN PERSON EARLY VOTING
FOR THE FIRST TIME, IN-PERSON VOTING WILL BE AVAILABLE BEFORE ELECTION DAY AT SIX LOCATIONS IN SOMERSET COUNTY

Somerset County residents will be able to vote in-person before Election Day for the first time in 2021, with six polling places open for nine days from October 23rd to October 31st. The Somerset County Board of Elections is utilizing new ExpressXL voting machines and electronic polling books for early voting and produced a video to help voters navigate the new technology.

Board of Elections Administrator Jerry Midgette has provided a video for voters to be sure that early voting goes as smoothly as possible. Please click http://soconj.gov/elec2021 to access the video and extensive election information. Anyone with election questions can also call the Somerset County Election Hotline at (908) 541-5000 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for election assistance or information.

Somerset County’s early voting locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, except Sundays when they will close at 6 p.m. Unlike on Election Day, November 2, Somerset County residents who have not requested a mail-in ballot can vote early at their choice of these six locations:

  1. Bridgewater – Municipal Court, 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater NJ
  2. Franklin – Community Center, 505 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ
  3. Hillsborough – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough NJ
  4. Montgomery – Municipal Building, 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead, NJ
  5. North Plainfield – North Plainfield Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road
  6. Warren – Warren Municipal Court, 44 Mountain Blvd, Warren NJ

The ExpressXL voting machines will only be available during early voting. On Election Day, November 2nd, the Board of Elections will return to using its previous voting machines. However, the electronic poll books will still be used on Election Day.

While there are three methods for voting this year – mail-in ballot, early voting, or on Election Day – it is important to note that once a vote is cast in any manner it cannot be amended or changed. Additionally, voters who have requested a mail-in ballot must vote by mail and will not be permitted to vote in person on a machine on Election Day.

Voters who have requested a mail-in ballot but are not currently living at their primary address for any reason including being displaced by Hurricane Ida should reach out to the Somerset County Clerk at (908) 231-7013 to provide an address to mail a replacement ballot. For election security, the United States Post Office will not forward mail-in ballots.

Other important dates for this election include:

  • October 26 – Last day to apply for mail-in ballot via the US Postal Service
  • November 1 at 3 p.m. – Last day to request a mail-in ballot in person at Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter’s office, 20 Grove Street, Somerset County
  • November 2 – Election Day polling places will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for in-person voting. Mail-in ballots must be placed in a drop box, presented to the Board of Elections at 20 Grove Street in Somerville, or postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day or they will not be counted.

 PRIMARY/GENERAL ELECTION POLLING PLACES

The following is a list of polling places in Bridgewater Township for primary and general elections only. To determine where you vote, locate your election district number on the election map then use the list below determine your polling place.

District #1 Bradley Gardens Firehouse, 24 Old York Road
District #2  Bradley Gardens Firehouse, 24 Old York Road
District #3  Adamsville School, Union Avenue
District #4  Bridgewater Municipal Court – Mtg Rm 102, 100 Commons Way
District #5 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road
District #6 Hamilton School, Hamilton Lane (off Frohlin Dr.)
District #7 Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Road
District #8 People Care Center, 120 Finderne Avenue
District #9 Finderne Rescue Squad, 476 Union Avenue
District #10 Blessed Sacrament Parish Center, Washington Valley Road, Martinsville
District #11 Bridgewater Municipal Court – Mtg. Rm 102, 100 Commons Way
District #12 Blessed Sacrament Parish Center, Washington Valley Road, Martinsville
District #13 Hillside School, Brown Road
District #14 Adamsville School, Union Avenue
District #15 Finderne Rescue Squad, 476 Union Avenue
District #16 Bradley Gardens Firehouse, 24 Old York Road
District #17 Hamilton School, Hamilton Lane (off Frohlin Dr.) 
District #18 Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Road
District #19 Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 651 Country Club Road
District #20 Blessed Sacrament Parish, Washington Valley Road, Martinsville
District #21 Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Road
District #22 Hillside School, Brown Road
District #23 Blessed Sacrament Parish Center, Washington Valley Road, Martinsville
District #24 Blessed Sacrament Parish Center, Washington Valley Road, Martinsville
District #25 Eisenhower School, 791 Eisenhower Avenue (off Steeple Chase)
District #26 Eisenhower School, 791 Eisenhower Avenue (Off Steeple Chase)
District #27 Adamsville School, Union Avenue
District #28 Hillside School, Brown Road
District #29 Hillside School, Brown Road
District #30 Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 651 Country Club Road
District #31 Bradley Gardens Firehouse, 24 Old York Road
District #32 Bridgewater Senior Center, 455 Somerville Road
District #33 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road
District #34 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road
District #35 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road
District #36 Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 651 Country Club Road

ELECTION BOARD WORKERS NEEDED

You can participate in the electoral process not only by voting, but by serving as an Election Board Worker at the polling places. The Somerset County Board of Elections is seeking qualified district board workers to staff the polls in Bridgewater Township and throughout the County during the November 2, 2021 General elections. The hours on Election Day are from 5:15 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. A two-hour training class is required for new board workers.

The Governor signed Executive Order 266 making the following changes for election board workers for the upcoming general election:

  • Increased poll workers pay from $200 to $300 for election day
  • If the board worker works part-time, the increase is $50
  • Suspended the requirement that a board worker must be a resident of the county in which they serve

If you are interested, please contact the Somerset County Board of Elections at 908-231-7086 and for more information, click here.

Bridgewater Township Municipal Building 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (908) 725-6300 Monday- Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM


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