LIVINGSTON, NJ — As of Sunday night, the Township of Livingston has officially closed all Livingston offices and facilities to the public, effective immediately until at least March 30 due to the global health crisis.

In consultation with the mayor, council and Livingston Health Department, Livingston Township Manager Barry Lewis announced that municipal services will continue to be provided as follows:

Township Offices and Essential Services:

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  • All Township of Livingston offices and facilities will be closed to the public until Monday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m., subject to further extension as circumstances dictate.
     
  • Township departments will remain staffed to ensure the continued delivery of essential services. Staff will remain available through phone and Email, although there may be delay in response due to staffing and schedule modifications, according to Lewis.
     
  • The Livingston Health Department will be fully staffed and closely monitoring any local cases or situations as well as keeping informed and notifying the Livingston community about the most current information, restrictions, guidelines and recommendations from federal, sate, county and international officials and agencies.
     
  • Livingston police, fire and other emergency services will continue uninterrupted, and 9-1-1 emergency lines will be available and answered at all times.
     
  • The township’s water and sewer utilities will remain staffed to ensure continued delivery of services and response to any emergency situations.
     
  • Garbage and recycling services are provided through contracts with private companies. As of Sunday night, the township has not been notified of any changes to regular services and schedules. Any changes to services will be published as it becomes available.  
     
  • Residents who have not registered with the township’s Swift 911 emergency notification system are encouraged to do so BY CLICKING HERE.
     
  • Residents are encouraged to check the Livingston Township website regularly for important comprehensive updates and information and to follow the Township of Livingston on Facebook and Twitter for brief and timely notifications.

Other Township Services:

Livingston Health Department Offices will be available via phone and Email during normal business hours—Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All in person meetings, consultations and off-site inspections are suspended until Monday, March 30, which may be extended by further notice as circumstances dictate.

Livingston Building Department/Zoning/Code Enforcement Office will be available via phone and Email during normal business hours— Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.—and will be accepting permits and applications via U.S. Mail Service. Inspections will be conducted as scheduled. However, residents will be asked if anyone present is infected, exhibiting symptoms or has traveled internationally and the Department reserves the right to postpone inspections as circumstances dictate.

Livingston Clerk’s Office will be available through phone and email during normal business hours—Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to utilize the clerk’s webpage for information, services, applications and forms.

Livingston Engineering Offices will be available through phone and email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Permits and applications (available on the department webpage) will be accepted via Email and the United State Postal Service. No on-site inspections or consultations will be conducted until March 30, which may be extended by further notice as circumstances dictate.

Livingston Finance Offices will be available through phone and Email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The township will continue to process purchase orders and invoices via U.S. Mail and email and issue payments via U.S. Mail.

Livingston Public Library is closed until Monday, March 30, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., subject to further extension as circumstances dictate.

Livingston Township Manager’s Office will be available through phone and Email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Livingston Municipal Court is closed until Monday, March 30, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. by Order of the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. All matters previously scheduled for court sessions prior to March 30, 2020 are automatically adjourned and notices will be sent with rescheduled dates and times. Payable violations can be paid online on the NJMCdirect website or via U.S. Mail. Emergency matters potentially requiring the filing of a complaint with the municipal court should be addressed by calling 9-1-1.

Livingston’s Planning Offices will be available through phone and email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Permits and applications (forms available on the department webpage) will be accepted via Email and the United State Postal Service. Applicants are encouraged to utilize the planning department webpage for information, services, applications and forms. Planning and Zoning Board applications can be submitted via U.S. Mail. Planning and Zoning Board hearings are canceled until Monday, March 30, which may be extended as circumstances dictate

Livingston Police Department Records Offices are closed to the public but will be available through phone and email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Records requests will be accepted via phone call. Fees for copies are being waived during this period to allow for requests to be fulfilled via email.

Livingston Department of Public Works administrative offices will be available through phone and email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Water meter purchase and other services provide at the counter in Town Hall should be addressed via phone call. DPW road, building, grounds, parks, trees and other maintenance services will continue

Livingston Senior, Youth and Leisure Services offices are closed to the public but will be available through phone and email during normal business hours, M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All events, programs and activities are canceled until Monday, March 30, 2020, which may be extended by further notice as circumstances dictate. Online program information and registrations through Community Pass will remain available.

Livingston Tax Assessor offices will be available through phone and email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In-person meetings or consultations are cancelled until after March 30. At present, no changes to tax appeal deadlines have been announced by the state.

Livingston Tax, Water and Sewer Collector offices will be available through phone and email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tax, Water and Sewer account information, including account balances, and history, is available online in the Tax/Utility System Lookup.

Tax, water and sewer payments can continue to be made via U.S. Mail, in the Tax Collector drop box outside Livingston Town Hall or online at Tax Collector – Pay Online. Water and Sewer offices will be available through phone and email during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for service inquiries or problems, including leaks, sewer back-ups and connections. After-hour emergencies should be reported to the Livingston Police Department at (973) 992-3000 or, in the case of a life/safety emergency, via 9-1-1.

Public Meetings:

The Livingston Township Council meeting currently scheduled for March 23 will be held as scheduled in Town Hall with a conference meeting beginning at 7 p.m. and a regular public meeting to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Any presentations or non-essential discussions will be postponed, and the agenda will be limited to necessary official business, according to Lewis.

Lewis also noted that the township is currently exploring the possibility of holding the meeting online or via conference call to limit physical public interaction while allowing residents to listen and participate in compliance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act.

Additionally, there are currently no remaining meetings scheduled in March for the Livingston Planning Board or Livingston Zoning Board of Adjustment. April meetings will remain as scheduled, subject to future cancellation as circumstances dictate.

Any and all committee or commission meetings scheduled prior to March 30 have been cancelled, but all April meetings will remain as scheduled until further notification.