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1 E. Main St.
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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Welcome to Rockaway Borough, New Jersey

Rockaway Borough is a community located in the northern portion of Morris County and is approximately 35 miles west of New York City. Its 2.1 square miles is home to approximately 6800 residents. The Borough is nestled between two major thoroughfares; Interstate 80 and NJ State Highway 46. The Borough is governed by our elected Mayor and six Council Members.

The Borough of Rockaway was formed on July 17, 1894 when it split from the larger Rockaway Township. The Borough’s original settlement was in the 1720’s. Rockaway Borough firmly established itself as a hub of industry, commerce, and culture beginning in 1836 with the completion of the Morris Canal. That legacy continues today with many companies and businesses calling Rockaway Borough their home. Morris Canal routes and locations are currently marked with identifying wayfinding signs and interpretative panels. Many of the homes in the Borough date back to the 1800’s and have been preserved with their stately original architectural appearance.

Rockaway Borough offers its residents many opportunities for community involvement, engagement, and recreation. There are numerous clubs, committees, associations, or athletic teams to satisfy a wide range of interests and passions. Well maintained parks and athletic fields are located throughout the town.

Rockaway Bourgh has long and rich commitment to educating our youth. That proud legacy continues today with our seasoned and caring teachers and staff that provides a supportive, enriching, and challenging educational experience. Pre-K through 3rd grade youngsters attend the historic Lincoln Elementary School. Our 4th through 8th grade youth attend the Thomas Jefferson Middle School and high school students attend the highly acclaimed Morris Hills High School, which is part of the larger Morris Hills Regional District.

When it comes to shopping, cuisine, and recreation, Rockaway Borough is a destination. Fine formal dining, casual atmosphere, or fast food establishments are abundant through the Borough. With its quaint taverns, pubs, and cafes, many located in historic buildings through the town, it offers an inviting opportunity to enjoy varied menus and friendly atmospheres.

Convenient shopping can be found in our downtown district and along the highway corridor. A wide-range of fine retail establishments and services are located within a few minutes’ drive or walk.

Popular locations frequently visited in the Borough include the scenic Rockaway River area that runs through the length of the town and the Parks Lake walking trail. Known for their year-round beauty, they are visited by hundreds of folks each year.

Rockaway Borough is an inviting community to live, work, shop, or visit. One will quickly find that by strolling around this quaint historic town, with its close-knit inclusive, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, it has all of the amenities of urban life with the quality of life found in a small town. We invite you to visit soon.

This Week's Municipal Meetings

Library Board

February 19 7:30 p.m.

Mayor and Council

February 22   9 a.m.   budget hearing

See complete meetings schedule on the meetings page >>

Notices and Announcements


Notice of Final Passage

ORDINANCE NO. 01-20 was introduced at a regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rockaway on January 9, 2020, and passed on February 13, 2020. Continue reading >>

Meeting Notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rockaway will hold a Budget Hearing on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 9:00 AM at the Community Center, 21-25 Union St., Rockaway, NJ 07866. Said budget hearing shall be for the purpose of discussing the proposed budget for the Borough of Rockaway for the year 2020 and for the 2021 Capital Budget. Official action may be taken.
Patricia L. Bussow, RMC, Administrator/Borough Clerk

Welcome to the New Rockaway Borough Website

The Rockaway Borough website has been redesigned to better serve our residents, business owners, and visitors. It is now more responsive for mobile phone users and easier to navigate. While the site is still a work in progress, all of the required information is available to the user. We hope you enjoy the new site! Please check back frequently for updates.

Notice to Bidders

Elycroft Avenue Road and Drainage Improvements: Work to be performed includes the furnishing of all labor, materials and equipment necessary to complete the work as shown on the drawings and described in the specifications. Sealed bids will be received, opened, and read on March 11, 2020 at 9 a.m. see details >>

Recreation Signups

It's not too late to sign up for spring youth sports.
Rockaway Rowdies Soccer signups are ongoing until February 29th at New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link .
Little League registration information can be found at New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Recreation Committee. Please contact Rob O'Connor at for details.

Public Service Announcement from the Fire Marshal

The role that oxygen plays in a fire: One of the greatest hazards to life that exists in a building fire of any magniture is the lack of sufficient oxygen. continue reading >>

Online Tax Pay Now Available

The Rockaway Borough Tax Office has announced that taxpayers may now make their tax payments online. The tax-payment website can be accessed at New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link. Please note that the online payment processors charge a fee for this service.

Census Takers Needed

Join the 2020 Census a Census Taker. 2020 Census jobs provide: great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay, paid training. Apply online at New window icon. Link opens in a new window for this off-site link. For more information or help applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020.

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Suggestion Box

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We want to hear from you! We welcome your suggestions as residents and business owners to help improve the Borough. To submit your suggestion, click on the button below:
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