Little Egg Harbor Township

Little Egg Harbor Township Departments


Garrett Loesch, Township Administrator / CMFO
(609) 296-7241 ext 220

Robin Schilling, Administrative Assistant
(609) 296-7241 ext. 221

Fax: (609) 294-3040


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MAIN NUMBER: (609) 294-9071
FAX: (609) 294-9065
or (609) 296-7241 and chooose one of the following extensions

Construction Official ext. 612
Building Inspector ext. 613
Electrical Inspector ext. 600
Plumbing Inspector ext. 614
Fire Inspector ext. 618

Zoning Officer ext. 616
Assistant Zoning Officer ext. 615
Code Enforcement Officer ext. 617
Housing & Bulkhead Inspector ext. 161

Ollie Clifford: ext. 612

Karl Held: ext. 618

      Bill Marshall: ext. 613

Jack Helmstetter: ext. 600

Construction Department Clerks

Sue: ext. 608

BettyAnn: ext. 609

Monica: ext. 610

Kim: ext 611



***Effective November 7, 2016: All new construction, additions and substantial improvements in flood hazard areas will require two (2) foundation location surveys (prepared by a New Jersey Professional Land Surveyor) showing all building corners and the elevation of the top of the foundation. The documentation as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.18(b)1.ii.(1)&(2) and Township Ordinance #2004-08 shall be required prior to further vertical construction. ***


R-50 Zone requirements and 2013 Amendments


***Please see the attached information released from the State of New Jersey regarding “Houses on Pilings.”***


Construction Permit Application (F100) ( Jacket) 

Construction Permit (F170)

Building Subcode Application (F110)

Electrical Subcode (F120)

Plumbing Subcode (F130)

Fire Protection Subcode (F140) 


Checklist for Construction Permit Applications 

Chimney Certification for Replacement of Fuel Fired Equipment

Requirements for Demolition / House Raising Permit  (Information on elevation of an existing building.)

Home Owners Warranty Waiver

Permit By Rule

For additional assistance or permit forms you can click here.


New Construction Application Requirements

Checklist Requirements for a Certificate of Occupancy for House Raise

Checklist Requirements for a Certificate of Occupancy for New Construction 

REScheck (instructions)

Link for REScheck 

Zoning Application



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Karyn Metrick, Personnel
(609) 296-7241 ext. 224
FAX: (609) 294-3040

Application for Employment click here 

For information on Employment Applications for the Police Department, please click here – Official Police Department website


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(609) 296-7241 Ext. 301


(609) 296-7241 Ext. 303


(609) 296-7241 Ext. 300 & 302

FAX: (609) 294-1068

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (except scheduled holidays)

Citizen Complaints are taken between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Township of Little Egg Harbor and the Township of Eagleswood is a shared court.

Little Egg Harbor Court is held the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of each month.

Court sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.




Eagleswood Court is held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

Court session begins at 3:00 p.m.


Can may pay your tickets on-line here: WWW.NJMCDIRECT.COM

Methods of Payments for Little Egg Harbor Township Fines are:  cash, check, money order or credit card.

Methods of Payments for Eagleswood Township Fines are: cash, check or money order.

The Judge may approve a payment plan if a 5A Form is correctly filled out and presented to the Judge at the end of the Court Session.

There is a $200.00 application fee when applying for a Public Defender.  If the Public Defender is appointed to your case, the monies must be collected prior to your trial date.



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Main Number: (Non- Emergency) (609) 296-3666

Confidential Tip Line: (609) 294-3030

Communications Fax: (609) 812-1758

Police Records Department: ext. 103, 104.

Records Fax: (609) 296-4025

Official Police Department website



Little Egg Harbor Township Citizen’s on Patrol (COP’s)

Contact Lt. Mike Hart at 609-296-3666 x 159

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (except in July & August)

Little Egg Harbor Senior Center, 641 Radio Road

Project Medicine Drop
Discard any unused prescription medication.
Located in Police Records.


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Department of Public Works

(609) 296-3600

Fax: (609) 294-0746

Hours of Operation:  Everyday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: 1363 Route 539


Little Egg Harbor Township Recycling & Compost Center
1363 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor Twp.


Our Department of Public Works had the pleasure of teaching some of the preschool kids from the George J. Mitchell School how our trucks work.  The kids loved learning about the trucks and we love being a part of the community.

Little Egg Harbor Township
2007 Municipal Stormwater Management Plan
Stormwater Control Ordinance for areas outside of the Pinelands
Stormwater Control Ordinance for areas within the Pinelands

For information on damage to personal property during Township operations (i.e. damage to mailbox during snow removal), please read the following Township Ordinance.
Township Ordinance 2014-02

Sign Shop

If you notice a missing street sign, speed limit sign or stop sign, please report it to:

Street light outages are reported directly to Atlantic City Electric.  Click here for details.

Used Clothing Drop-off Shed
Located at the Recycling Center (DPW Yard)

Items Accepted:  clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys.

Your donations will not be cut up or shredded.

We do not accept rags, fabric scraps, toys or household goods.

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Joseph Sorrentino, CTA – Tax Assessor
(609) 296-7241, ext. 247

Tax Assessor’s Office

extensions: 244, 245 & 246
Fax: (609) 296-5352

State of New Jersey Property Tax Relief Programs – click here for additional information

Location & Description of Properties

All parcels within the municipality are identified by Block and Lot numbers.

Blocks are larger geographical descriptions in numerical sequence using streets, highways, prominent streams, etc. as boundaries.

Lot numbers are smaller descriptions of individual parcels numbered in sequence within each Block.

The Little Egg Harbor Township Tax Map is available in the Assessor’s Office to assist in both locating and describing all parcels in the district. In addition, the Little Egg Harbor Township Tax List annually lists all properties in the municipality numerically in Block and Lot order starting from Block #1, block numbers first.

You may wish to link to or access to obtain this information more easily.


Determining Taxability

Most residential properties are taxable for real estate tax purposes under N.J. State Statutes unless a specific provision exists that provide for full or partial tax exemption.

An example of tax exemption would be ownership and principal use by a totally (100%) percent disabled veteran with a service-connected disability.

This function is typically more applicable in providing tax exempt status to the many municipal, state and county properties within Little Egg Harbor Township as well as to those qualifying organizations. ex.: churches, hospitals, veteran’s organizations

To a lesser extent the determination of taxability is important in providing the distinction between real and personal property. Assessed valuations are based upon real property. Items considered to be personal property are not included in Little Egg Harbor assessed valuations.

Next, a review of existing Property Tax Benefits should be made to determine if you qualify for any of the various tax deductions available. The property tax deductions available through the Assessor’s Office include: (1) Veteran or Surviving Spouse Deduction, and (2) Senior Citizen/Disabled Person/Surviving Spouse Deduction.

The qualifications for these property tax deductions are highlighted here for general information purposes but actual approval will be based upon a timely completed application with all appropriate supporting documentation.


Veteran/Surviving Spouse Deduction requirements (forms are available in the Tax Assessor’s Office):

1. Ownership and New Jersey residency as of October 1 of previous year

2. Honorably discharged U.S. Armed Forces veteran or unmarried surviving spouse of veteran or active service person – original record of service or DD214. – (click here for DD214)

3. Military service during certain war, conflict or “peacekeeping mission” time periods

4. Completed application

Annual benefit – $250.00 for 2003 and thereafter



Senior Citizen/Surviving Spouse/Disabled Person requirements (forms are available in the Tax Assessor’s Office):

1. Ownership October 1 of previous year

2. Permanent resident of dwelling or New Jersey at least 1 year prior to October 1 of previous year

3. Income, including spouse’s income, no more than $10,000.00 per year – excluding, with restrictions, social security, Federal and State pensions, disability income

4. Proof of disability – Social Security Administration letter or physician’s certificate

5. Completed application

6. Completed PD5 Form the following year

Annual benefit – $250.00


General Information

1. A veteran or surviving spouse may also apply for and receive a senior citizen/disability/surviving spouse deduction if qualifications are met.

2. No more than one (1) senior citizen/disability/surviving spouse deduction of $250.00 may be applied to a property annually.

3. Husband and wife veteran combinations or surviving spouse and simultaneous veteran combinations may receive dual tax deductions.

4. There is no authority to approve a tax deduction for a prior calendar year – please file applications during the year of eligibility. Filed means received in the Assessor’s Office.


Establishing & Maintaining Assessed Values at the Common Level

Annually, in late September, a report is published by the State of New Jersey, Division of Taxation known as the “Table of Equalized Valuations”.

This report lists the certified Average Ratios in each municipality in New Jersey. It is calculated by comparing assessed values in given years with the actual arms-length sales of properties in the municipality on a property class basis. Property classes include vacant land, residential, and commercial properties. The end result or Weighted Ratio is one of several measures that can be used to determine the accuracy and uniformity of assessing practices within the taxing district.

The Ratio for 2006 for Little Egg Harbor Township is: 100.00%

This number will be referred to as the “common level” or average ratio of assessed to true values. It may assist the taxpayer in determining if the assessed value placed upon his/her property by the Assessor and Ocean County Tax Board is fair. As a general guide, you will first have to determine the market value of your property. A review of similar properties that have sold in arms-length transactions, a recent appraisal by a competent professional or a recent sale of the subject property could be utilized to this end. Multiplying the appraised value times the “common level” ratio will produce a number that can be compared to your actual assessed value totals.

Example:     Property Value   x    Ratio (100.00%) 
$300,000.                 1.00   =    $300,000.

Assessed Value – $295,000.  (Fair)
Assessed Value – $320,000.  (High)

You will be notified annually on or before February 1st of the tax year of the assessed value of your property. The annual notice is in the form of a post card mailed to the address of record. The notices includes a land, building and total assessment for administrative purposes as well as prior year’s annual taxes exclusive of interest, penalties and/or added assessments. You should not use this notice for federal and state income tax purposes.

Lastly, there are periodic assessed value changes that are made annually on a neighborhood-wide basis. Recent legislation requires submission of a plan and subsequent approvals from the County Board of Taxation and the State Division of Taxation as well as notice to the municipality prior to implementing these changes. These changes are necessary in order to maintain acceptable levels of assessments within the municipality. Since the Assessor’s Office is clearly responsible with maintaining assessments as close as possible to full and fair market value, annual changes in assessments must be made to adjust for value changes experienced in area neighborhoods.



Defense of Assessments

After you have received your annual tax assessment notice and have had the opportunity to compare your assessment to the market value of your property, you will have an educated idea of the fairness of your assessment. If you have specific questions in this regard, please feel free to contact this office weekdays between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. to schedule an appointment for further review. If after review you are not satisfied that the assessed value of your property reflects a lawful relationship to market value, you may wish to file a formal tax appeal. You must contact the Ocean County Tax Board at the address and phone number on the reverse of your Tax Assessment Notice. A review of some common misconceptions in this regard will assist you in your decision to proceed:

1. Land and building assessments cannot be appealed separately

2. Property taxes are not an issue during an appeal since the Assessor’s Office and County Tax Board has no control over the budgets submitted by the Municipality, County and/or school systems.

3. The municipality cannot accept for filing a petition intended for the County Tax Board.

4. The filing deadline is April 1st of the tax year at issue. Filed means received at the offices of the Ocean County Tax Board, Washington Street, Courthouse, Toms River, New Jersey.

5. Comparable assessments of other properties are not acceptable as evidence of the value of your property.

6. Assessments cannot be avoided by the failure or refusal to obtain a certificate of occupancy from the Construction Department.

7. Payment of the first quarter real estate taxes and municipal charges (water, sewer, etc.) are a pre-condition to the satisfactory completion of the appeal process.

While this office neither encourages nor discourages the filing of tax appeals generally, we will attempt to resolve discrepancies by stipulation if at all ethically possible. If the assessment is defensible, we will provide the taxpayer with supporting evidence to defend the assessed values placed upon the Tax list. A settlement stipulation completed sufficiently in advance of a scheduled appeal hearing will serve to avoid an unnecessary appearance before the Ocean County Tax Board at the designated hearing location.

We trust that the information provided here, although not all-inclusive, will help you in understanding the functions of our office and assist you in your quest for public information and service.



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Dayna Wilson, CTC – Tax Collector

Main Office Number: (609) 296-7241 ext. 240
Extensions: 241, 242, 243
Fax: (609) 296-8516

Hours:  Daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 ***Please read the following information carefully, as it will explain the fees associated with paying your taxes on-line, as well as information pertaining to tax account look-up.***

Click on “I Agree” at the bottom to continue after reading.

Little Egg Harbor Township On-line Tax Account Look-up & Payment Section

On-line Tax Payment Convenience Fees

Please be advised that Credit Card and E-Check payments can only be made via the internet
and that there are convenience fees that will be charged to the user for each transaction.

*Please note that the fee for using a debit card (other than a Visa debit card) is the same fee as using a credit card.
If you have the funds in your checking account, the fee for using an e-check is a flat $1.05 per transaction,
instead of the 2.95% of the transaction amount incurred for credit / debit cards
(for Visa debit cards only, the convenience fee will be a flat $3.95 per transaction).

**Convenience fees are retained by the service provider and are not paid to, or shared with, the Township of Little Egg Harbor.**


The interest listed on delinquent amounts is calculated to today’s date.
Interest must be paid in full and will be deducted first, before any monies are applied to taxes.
Once interest is deducted, monies will be applied to the oldest taxes first.
Please contact our office at 609-296-7241 ext. 240 or 241 to obtain interest calculations for a future date.

Tax Account Look-up Disclaimer

Tax account look-up is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a Municipal Tax Search.

Account information is subject to updates, corrections and reversals.

The Township of Little Egg Harbor is not responsible for erroneous interpretation of the records
or for changes made after the look-up.

Assessment Values

The assessment values that appear on the Tax Account Look-up section are from the last update to the Municipal Assessor’s records, which only occurs twice a year, and may not reflect the assessed value on the Assessor’s records.

Please keep in mind that the Assessor’s records are always one year ahead of the current year.

Municipal & Third Party Tax Liens

Municipal & Third Party Tax Liens cannot be paid on-line.

All redemption of liens must be made through the Tax Collector’s Office with certified funds, such as a cashier’s check, money order or cash.  Redemption figures must be requested in advance and may take three (3) or more business days to be provided.  (**On-line Tax Accounts with Third Party Tax Liens may report taxes as paid, however, the taxes may have been paid by the lien holder and are still due as part of the Third Party Tax Lien.  Municipal Liens may also report taxes as paid, however, the taxes may only have been transferred to the lien and still due as part of the Municipal Lien.**)

Properties in Bankruptcy

Tax accounts that have an open balance at the time of the bankruptcy filling may have those balances transferred to a Special Charges Account.  Any taxes transferred to a Special Charges Account will appear paid on the Regular Tax Account, but will still be due and owing under Special Charges.

Properties in bankruptcy cannot be paid on-line.

Special Charges Accounts

Special Charges Accounts contain balances that are due in addition to the Regular Tax Account.

Please contact this office at 609-296-7241 ext. 240 or 241 to obtain further information on accounts that are noted as having “special charges”.


Once taxes are paid on-line, refunds will not be be permitted.

If monies paid result in an overpayment of taxes, please contact the Tax Collector’s Office for assistance.

Please make sure you are paying on the correct account prior to making payment.


To Enter the On-line Tax Account Look-up and Payment Section

To enter the On-line Tax Account Look-up and Tax Payment section you are stating that you have read the above items regarding the convenience fees that will be charged for on-line payment, as well as the information regarding Tax Account Look-up and the disclaimer, and agree to continue under those conditions.

Agree and continue to tax payment site

State of New Jersey Property Tax Relief Programs – click here for additional information

Payment of Property Taxes and Property Tax Information

The Tax Collector’s Office is responsible for the billing and collection of property taxes that supports the following local government entities:

Ocean County
Ocean County Library
Ocean County Health
Ocean County Open Space
District School (Little Egg Harbor Elementary Schools)
Regional School (Pinelands Regional Schools)
Municipal Open Space
Municipal Local Tax
Fire Districts 1, 2 and 3

Tax bills are issued in June or July of each year and are payable quarterly.

Payment dates are: February 1st, May 1st, August 1st & November 1st

A ten (10) day grace period is given.  If the 10th falls on a weekend of holiday, the grace period is extended to the next business day.  Interest charges accrue back to the first of the month on delinquencies.


Change of Mailing Address Form

Tax Sale List Request

Request for Certificate of Redemption

Request for Tax Lien Statement


Taxes can be paid at the Tax Collectors office located on the first floor of the Little Egg Harbor Administrative Justice Complex or by mail to:

665 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor Township., NJ 08087.

The Tax Collector enforces delinquencies through the Tax Sale process.

The Tax Sale for the Township of Little Egg Harbor is accelerated and held mid to late December for any current-year municipal delinquencies, including the Little Egg Harbor Municipal Utilities Authority water and sewer delinquencies.  To avoid the process of Tax Sale, bring all tax, water and sewer charges current by November 10th.  The Tax Sale process begins November 11th.

Property tax deduction applications for senior citizens, disabled persons or surviving spouses of seniors or disabled persons are available from the Tax Assessor’s Office.



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Diana McCracken, RMC
Township Clerk ext. 233
Main Number: (609) 296-7241
Extensions: 230, 231, 232.
Fax: (609) 296-5352

Township Code Book –

Chapter 15 – Land Use & Development Ordinance

Residents can register under the “No Knock” Ordinance in the Township Clerk’s Office and obtain a copy of the sticker if you wish to place one at your residence.


Duties of the Municipal Clerk

Core duties of the municipal clerk are specified by State Statute (N.J.S.A. 40A:9-133)



Records Retention and Local Archives

– Serves as coordinator and records manager responsible for implementing local archives and records retention.

– Custodian of the municipal seal and of all minutes, books, deeds, bonds, contracts, and archival records of the municipal corporation.

-Request for Public Records Form (OPRA)

Land Use and Development Ordinance and Zoning Map (in CD format)

– Cost $50.00 + zoning map $5.00 + s/h $1.92 = $56.92  /   Zoning Map – $5.00 + s/h $1.72 = $6.72

Landlord Filing Statement 

– All landlords or residential units are required to complete a Landlord Filing Statement with each new tenant. The original statement is filed with the Municipal Clerk, with a copy in the rental unit.

 Landlord Filing Statement – click here

Voter Registration & Vote by Mail Ballot

– These forms are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office. Residents must be 18 years of age or older at the next ensuing election to register.



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Mark Ellis, Zoning Officer

(609) 296-7241 ext. 616

Diane ext. 607

Housing Inspector

(609) 296-7241 ext.161

Code Enforcement Officers

(609) 296-7241 ext. 615 or 617



Chapter 15 – Land Use & Development Ordinance

Zoning Application


Bulkhead Application / Permit

Commercial Certificate of Occupancy Inspection Application

Existing Structure Resale / Rental Certificate of Inspection Application (Commercial / Business)

Existing Structure Resale / Rental Certificate of Inspection Application (Residential)

Temporary Waiver of Certificate of Occupancy

Tree Clearing Permit



Complaint Forms can be completed and turned into the Township Clerk’s Office at the Administrative Justice Complex.

Such forms are used for property maintenance complaints, zoning issues, animal complaints, etc. This form is not used for criminal complaints.

Complaint Form – click here



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Township of Little Egg Harbor Administrative Justice Complex

665 Radio Road

(609) 296-7241

Township Clerk (Registrar-Vital Statistics)

(609) 296-7241

Ext: 230, 231, 232 & 233

Fax (609) 296-5352

Municipal Court

( Little Egg Harbor Township & Eagleswood Township )

(609) 296-7241

Ext: 300, 301, 302, 303 & 304

Fax (609) 294-1068

Mayor & Committee

(609) 296-7241 ext 235

Tax Collector's Office

(609) 296-7241

Ext: 240, 241, 242 & 243

Fax (609) 296-8516

Tax Assessor's Office

(609) 296-7241

Ext: 244, 245, 246 & 247

Construction Department

( Permits - Inspections )

(609) 294-9071


(609) 296-7241 Ext: 608, 609, 610 or 611

Fax (609) 294-9065

Zoning & Code Enforcement

( Property Maintenance Complaints - Variances )

- Zoning Officer

(609) 296-7241 Ext 616

- Code Enforcement Officer

(609) 296-7241 Ext 615

Planning and Zoning Board

- Board Secretary

(609) 296-7241 Ext 221

Township Administrator / CFO

(609) 296-7241

Ext 220, 221

Fax (609) 294-3040

Purchasing Agent

(609) 296-7241 Ext 223

Fax (609) 294-3040

Human Resources

(609) 296-7241 Ext 224

Fax (609) 294-3040

Department of Public Works

(609) 296-3600

Fax (609) 294-0746

Animal Control Officer

(609) 296-0675

Community Center Information:

(609) 296-7241 Ext 235

Or email

Police Department

( Non - Emergency )

(609) 296-3666


Greater Tuckerton Ministerial Association, Inc.

641 Radio Road

( Adjacent to the Senior Center )

(609) 296-1345

HOURS: Monday thru Friday 2PM to 4PM

Senior Center

( Please contact the Township Clerk's Office )

(609) 296-7241 Ext 230