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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 Borough 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.

Upcoming Municipal Meetings

Library Board of Trustees

June 16 at 7:00 p.m.

See complete meetings schedule on the meetings page >>

Notices and Announcements

Hydrant Inspection and Flushing

The Borough of Rockaway Water Department will begin its annual Hydrant Inspection and Flushing Program on May 17. Crews will be out during the hours of 8 and 11 PM Monday through Friday. Click here for details.

Notice of Land Use Board Special Meeting

The Land Use Board of Rockaway Borough will convene a special hybrid meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is being held solely in order to hold public hearings, and potentially take action, in connection with application LUB#067A — 74 West Main Street Urban Renewal Associate LP, which is a Whispering Woods settlement hearing pursuant to a settlement agreement between the Applicant and the Borough of Rockaway dated April 8, 2021. Click here for notice.

Summer Employment

Rockaway Boro Recreation is now accepting summer applications for the 2021 summer season at the lake. We are hiring for a waterfront director, lifeguards, and concession employees. Click here to download an application.

MUA Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Days

The Morris County Municipal Utilites Authority will be holding household hazardous waste drop off days several times this year. Scheduled dropoff days are June 26, September 25, and October 23. For details, please refer to the PDF flyer or go to the MUA website at April 13

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

April 1st updates: Volunteers are available to assist senior citizens in navigating the process of booking an appointment. Walmart and Sam's Clubs offer dedicated 65+ vaccination sites. See our Coronavirus page for details.

Do You Use East Main Street Bridge or the Rockaway River?

Morris County welcomes everyone to follow, participate and provide community input on a new study exploring ways to improve the bridge. Please visit, complete the survey, and attend upcoming meetings. Community involvement is a vital part of this Bridge Study. See flier. (4MB PDF)

Municipal Building Open to the Public

The Municipal Building is open to the public. Please do not enter the building without a face covering and please note that only one person, or party, will be permitted in the lobby at a time. Please follow social distancing guidelines while waiting to enter the building. For your convenience, you may continue to drop off tax and water payments in the drop box outside the building. Thank you for your cooperation.

2021 Budget

2021 budget information is posted on the Finance Office page. Click here to see budget documents.

Court Update

During the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal courts have canceled their in-person court sessions. With the use of technology, certain cases may be able to be heard and adjudicated remotely. It is advised that you contact the court to set up a video court proceeding and provide your telephone and email address.

Coronavirus Information

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For Rockaway Borough coronavirus-related announcements and closures please refer to our Coronavirus Announcements and Closings page.

Recycling News

The 2021 edition of the Borough of Rockaway's The Recycling News is now available. Included in this issue: the 2021 Garbage and Recycling Pick-Up Schedule, Tips on Recycling, Recycling Specs, and more. Click here to download a copy of this year's Recycling News. PDF icon. Link opens a PDF file.

Attention Drivers - Please be aware of NJ's idling laws

Click here to see the Idling Regulations and Idling Enforcement PDF from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection 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.

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