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Frequently Asked Questions

Handicapped Parking Spaces

I am disabled. How do I get a designated parking space on the street?

A disabled resident requiring a designated parking space can apply for a sign to be installed on a Borough street in front of the home or apartment in which they live, if available, or nearby. Refer to Ordinance #08-11 which pertains to handicapped parking spaces.

In order to request a handicapped sign, you must have been issued handicapped plates or a placard by the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission. The request must be submitted in person to the Municipal Clerk, investigated by the Woodland Park Police, and approved by the Municipal Council. Once the sign has been approved, a one-time "Sign Fee" of $250 will be charged by the Borough.


  • Complete and submit a Handicapped Parking Questionnaire to the Municipal Clerk.
  • Provide a Handicap Placard or Disabled Person Identification Card.
  • Provide a Driver’s License and a Vehicle Registration.

Marriage Licenses

Where do we go to get a marriage license?

A marriage license is issued in the municipality where either the future bride or groom resides. If both the future bride and groom live out-of-state but the marriage ceremony will be conducted in Woodland Park, the marriage license must be applied for at the municipality in which the marriage will be performed. In Woodland Park, marriage licenses are issued by the Registrar in the Administration office, Room 205, on the second floor of the Municipal Building at 5 Brophy Lane.

Do we need an appointment to apply for a marriage license? YES
Call 973-345-8100, ext. 100 to find out when the Registrar is available.

Who and what is required to apply for a license?

  1. Both the future bride and groom.
  2. One witness over the age of 18 who speaks/understands the English language
  3. Either the future bride or groom must be a current resident in Woodland Park.
  4. One (1) form of identification for bride, groom and witness. The bride and groom need to present a current passport. Also needed is the date of the wedding, the Municipality in which the wedding will be taking place, as well as the name, address and phone number of the person performing the ceremony.
  5. The Names of both sets of parents, including mothers’ maiden names.

How much does the license cost, and what is accepted for payment?

The license costs $28. Payment can be made with cash, personal check or USPS money order. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. If paying by check, make it payable to Borough of Woodland Park.

Do we need to get blood tests to get a marriage license?

NO. Blood tests are no longer required before marriage.

After we apply for a license, what happens next?

A completed license will not be available to be picked up for 72 hours. The license can be held by the Registrar for up to 6 months from the date of application; however, if requested at the time of application to the Registrar, it can be held for up to 9 months. Once you pick up the license, you have 30 days in which to get married.

If we get the license in Woodland Park, do we have to get married in Woodland Park?

NO. You can get married anywhere in the State of New Jersey. However, a New Jersey marriage license will not be accepted in any other state. Remember, the marriage certificate will be on file in the municipality in which the ceremony was performed.

Where and how do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

Contact the municipality where the marriage was performed, not where the license was issued.

If you live out-of-state or out of driving distance, you can obtain a copy of the certificate by mail. You must furnish the Registrar with: 1) the Name of Groom; (2) the Name of Bride (maiden name); (3) the Names of both sets of parents; (4) the Date of Marriage; (5) the Birthdays of Bride and Groom; (6) a copy of either spouse's Driver’s License; (7) a US$25 Check for the first copy, US$5 for each additional; (8) a daytime Phone number.

How much does Woodland Park charge for a certified copy of my marriage certificate?

A certified copy costs $25 for the first copy, $5 for each additional copy. Payment can be made with cash, personal check or USPS money order. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. If paying by check, make it payable to Borough of Woodland Park.

BIrth Certificates

Where do I get a certified copy of a birth certificate?

A certified copy of a birth certificate can only be issued by the Health Department of the municipality where the birth occurred. The Health Registrar in the Municipal Clerk’s office on the second floor of the Municipal Building at 5 Brophy Lane can only issue a certified copy of your birth certificate if you were born in the Borough of Woodland Park. Since there are no hospitals in the Borough, there are few birth certificates on file in the Clerk’s office.

Yard / Garage Sales

Where do I get a permit to run a yard or garage sale?

Permits are issued at the Code Enforcement office on the second floor in the Municipal Building at 5 Brophy Lane.

How much does the permit cost, and what period of time does it cover?
The cost of the permit is $5 (cash only, please). It is good for two weekends.

Animal Control

Who do I call to have a dead animal lying in the street removed?

Whether it is a deer, a dog, a cat, a skunk, a raccoon or another wild animal, phone Bergen County Humane Enforcement (201-621-4111) to report a dead animal in the street. To have a dead deer removed from a County road you need to call, Passaic County Road Dept. (973-881-4500).

Who do I call to have a dead animal removed from my property?

Any dead animal on private property is the responsibility of the property owner to remove.

How long does it take for a dead animal in the street to be removed?

Typically the animal is picked up within 24 hours after the deer removal service or animal control is contacted.

What do I do if I see a coyote on my property or in the neighborhood?

Coyotes are considered part of the natural wildlife and are allowed to roam freely; however, they are wild animals and can be dangerous.

It is recommended that, if coyotes are present, make sure they know they're not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air horn or siren, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.

According to the State of New Jersey, Division of Fish and Wildlife:
      “Coyotes have been documented in nearly 400 municipalities from all 21 counties (94% of the state's land area). In New Jersey, adult coyotes range in weight from 20-50 lbs. and exceptionally large ones may be up to 55 lbs.
      "Coyotes adjust well to their surroundings and can survive on whatever food is available. They prey on rabbits, mice, birds and other small animals, as well as young and weakened deer. They also consume carrion (decaying tissue).
      "Coyotes bear litters during April and May, with females delivering between three and nine pups.
      "Conflicts between coyotes and humans are most likely to develop as adults forage for food for the pups in the spring and summer.
      “Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food, but will take advantage of whatever is available, including garbage, pet food and domestic animals that are left unattended. Allowing coyotes access to human food and garbage is irresponsible and can lead to many problems.”

Please be aware of your surroundings when outside, walking your pets, or with children, especially, near the wooded areas surrounding your home or complex.

If you observe coyotes in the daytime that show no fear of humans, you should report the sighting to the Woodland Park Police at 973-345-8111.

If a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact the Police at 9-1-1 and the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-735-8793 (outside of normal business hours, call the DEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.)