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Neighborhood and Recreational Services

Neighborhood and Recreational Services

The mission of the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services is to provide services that promote a clean, safe and attractive environment. To ensure that diversified recreational and cultural activities are developed and implemented for all citizens of Newark to enjoy.

The Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services (NRS) consist of 6 Divisions including the Director’s Office, Demolition and Recycling, Inspections and Enforcement, Parks & Grounds, Recreation and Sanitation. NRS remains constant and vigilant in the City’s effort to provide the maximum level of services addressing all quality of life issues pertaining to the City of Newark. One of the major areas of concern for maximum service delivery is the maintenance of urban environmental conditions to ensure safety and increase the confidence of Newark residents in health standards and aesthetic values in the city where they live and work.

To find a municipal operated recreation center, please click:  Find a Local Recreation Center

Newark Watershed Online Permit and License Policy Change

As of September 1, 2016 all permits and licenses sold by the Newark Watershed will be available to purchase online or in the West Milford or Newark offices at our Kiosks with a credit card (Master Card and Visa only), and money order or cashier’s check. Cash will no longer be accepted. There will be a fee associated with your credit card payment. Please see the breakdown below:

Merchant fee: 3% + $0.30

Application fee:

Transaction Size Fee
> $10 $0.30
$10 – $100 $1.00
$101 – $200 $2.00
$201 – $300 $3.00
$301 – $400 $4.00
> $400 $5.00


If you want to purchase online please do so below:

For Newark Residents: Click Here
For Non-Newark ResidentsClick Here

Once you have filled out your application/s online and paid your fee with a credit card you will be expected to pick up your permit, license and sticker from the office where you purchased it (you must print out a receipt and present to the agent) at the office in West Milford or at City Hall, 920 Broad Street, room 216. If you are paying with a money order or cashier’s check please bring that with you and pay the park attendant or receptionist on site.

Newark Watershed Offices:

223 Echo Lake Road
West Milford, NJ 07840
973-697-1724 or 973-697-1758
Hours to purchase permits: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The office is closed on Sunday.

City of Newark
Department of Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Senior Citizens
920 Broad Street, Rm 216
Newark, NJ 07102
Hours to purchase permits: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


Residential Concerns and Issues:

In the winter months minor problems or inconveniences can become life threatening. Please be aware of the dangers and take actions to ensure your safety.

Many issues can all be reported to the 4311 system who will pass the information along to the department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services to ensure that the proper actions are taken.

Some examples are:

  • Lack of heat and/or hot water
  • burst pipes and sewage
  • no running water
  • if a building needs to be boarded and secured
  • or an illegal housing conversion

To file a complaint please fill out the form located here:  Report Issue »Report Issue » or call (973) 733-4311

Winter Weather Information

During the upcoming winter months and snowstorms please keep in mind the following suggestions, rules, and regulations.

Roads and Snow Removal Information:
  • Park vehicles in your driveway, so that the plows can get through to remove snow and ice.
    • If possible, share your driveway with neighbors or secure vehicles on off-street lots.
  • Clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your storefront or home.
    • Do not throw snow into the street. Place the snow on your lawn, on the side of your home or in the rear of the property.
    • Remove snow and ice from hydrants and/or drains near your home.
  • Be aware of alternate side of the street parking signs and parking restrictions when road is snow covered.
  • Home and property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from all private residential and commercial property.

To issue a any snow complaints or to report streets that need salting/plowing please use the form below to report them to the Non-Emergency 311 center.

Report Issue »Report Issue » or call (973) 733-4311


Director’s Office
This Division manages and maintains a flow within the 6 Divisions of the Department. The Director’s Office is responsible for trade waste permits, constituent complaints via the Mayor’s Office and the Newark Municipal Council Office, departmental disciplinary concerns, new hires, personnel concerns, and an array of activities that require the Director’s approval.

Parks & Grounds
This Division provides maintenance and services to all city trees, parks, playgrounds and public buildings. Parks & Grounds is responsible for the maintenance of the City’s park lands and grounds (including ball fields, playgrounds, traffic islands and city entrance ways.) Tree work includes the pruning and removal of trees in the public and responding to downed trees resulting from storms or accidents.

Recreation and Cultural Affairs
This Division provides comprehensive recreational and cultural activities for the citizens of Newark. Recreation strives to be the leader in promoting community health and well-being through fun, higher learning, progressive and memorable parks and recreation experiences and activities for everyone. This Division Identifies and implements activities and programs that will reinforce success oriented, character building attributes in Newark’s youth.

Online Application for Certificate of Code Compliance

If you are selling your residential property in Newark, now you can apply for the Certificate of Code Compliance online by Clicking Here
Neighborhood and Recreation Dept. Division of Inspections and Enforcement, CCC Office B4

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