Hillsborough, NJ 08844
379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Hillsborough Township Health Department’s mission is to provide professional, competent, and financially efficient public health and environmental services to the residents of Hillsborough Township and Millstone Borough.
To achieve this, the Hillsborough Township Health Department will promote healthy behaviors, prevent disease and injury, and protect the health of our residents as per the mandates of the “Public Health Practice Standards of Performance for Local Boards of Health in New Jersey”. We will use disease control and prevention, health promotion and education, inspections and enforcement of health and environmental regulations, and interacting and planning with local partners in order to provide for the public health needs of the Hillsborough community.
Michael Carr, MPH, REHS
Director of Environmental Programs
Nick DeLisi, BPH, REHS
Deputy Director of Public Health and Environmental Programs
Dane Dvorak, BS, REHS
Registered Environmental Health Specialist
Registrar of Vital Statistics and Secretary to the Board of Health
Deputy Registrar and Secretary to the Board of Health
BoroSAFE is a community collaborative with an aim to provide access to mental health resources, emotional well-being best practices and suicide prevention resources across the entire Hillsborough Community.
Mobile outreach to all those in Somerset County experiencing acute pyschiatric distress. Also provide traumatic incident debriefing.
Comprehensive community mental health center dedicated to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of mental illness and serious emotional and
We believe that prevention is the key to improving health and reducing disease and deaths in our community. The Hillsborough Township Health Department offers free presentations and educational materials to the community on a variety of topics. We also visit a wide variety of health fairs and other community health promotion events throughout the year.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
Vaccination, or immunization, helps your body make antibodies to fight germs and keep you healthy. These antibodies stay in your body so that when the germ comes again, your body will already know how to fight it.
People of all ages can benefit from vaccines. Being vaccinated protects you, as well as those around you who cannot get vaccinated, such as very young children and people with compromised immune systems.
About infectious diseases
Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by germs such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They enter the body, multiply, and can cause an infection.
Some infectious diseases are contagious (or communicable), which means they spread from one person to another.
Other infectious diseases can be spread by germs carried in air, water, food, or soil. They can also be spread by vectors (like biting insects) or by animals.
Flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. Millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and tens of thousands of people die. Anyone can get severe illness from flu, but some people are at higher risk. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant people, and children younger than 5 years.
How can I prevent flu?
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against flu is to get a vaccine every year. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine. Ideally, you should get your vaccine by the end of October, but flu season can last through May so you can still get your vaccine later.
CDC also recommends everyday actions to prevent illness, like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent handwashing.
The flu vaccine is safe and reduces the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. Flu vaccination is especially important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious complications, such as those over 65 and under 2. Also, New Jersey requires all children from age 6 months to 59 months to be vaccinated against the flu each year in order to attend childcare or preschool.
Most people with flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are at increased risk for complications, are very sick, or are worried about your illness, contact your health care provider. There are prescription medications called antiviral drugs that can be used to treat flu illness.
The Vital Statistics Department registers and maintains records of all births, deaths, and marriages / civil unions that occur within Hillsborough Township.
To Order Certified Copies of Marriage, Birth and Death Certificates:
Eligibility & Genealogical Records
The State Department of Vital Statistics and Registry determines who is eligible to receive a certified copy of a vital record. You need to identify the record and provide proof of your identity, current residence and, if appropriate, your relationship to the person listed on the vital record you are requesting. If your last name on your driver’s license is different from your last name on the birth certificate, please include a copy of your marriage certificate.
Genealogical records for research on family ancestry are available from the State Department of Vital Statistics and Registry.
Marriage License Applications
Appointments are required. Call 908-369-5652 to make an appointment with the Registrar in the Health Department. After the application is made, there is a 72-hour waiting period before the license can be issued. The application must be made in the municipality in which either applicant lives. If neither applicant is a New Jersey resident, the application must be made in the municipality where the ceremony will take place. The license is valid only in the issuing municipality. The municipality that you apply in, and the municipality that you get married in, must be “incorporated” municipalities in New Jersey. That means that they must have a physical address of a municipal building for the area.
When you come to the appointment, you must bring:
Applicants must know:
If you are divorced, have had a previous civil union dissolved, domestic partnership terminated or have had a civil union annulled, please bring the documents. If your former spouse/partner is deceased, please bring the death certificate. Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
There will be a $28.00 fee for the license at the time of application (cash or check). Checks should be made payable to Hillsborough Township. NOTE: The fee is currently waived through June 30, 2023.
For more information regarding entering into a marriage or civil union, please refer to this brochure from the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics and Registry.
In order to protect the public health, safety, morals and welfare of residents, Hillsborough Township has established minimum standards governing the maintenance, appearance and condition of vacant and abandoned properties.
The responsible party for a vacant and abandoned residential property shall file a certificate of registration with the Township Clerk within 90 days after receipt of notice, pursuant to § 232-14, that the property has been determined to be vacant and abandoned, or within 30 days after the responsible party assumes ownership of or responsibility for a property already determined to be vacant and abandoned, whichever is later. A certificate of registration shall remain valid for one year from the date of issuance and shall be renewed on an annual basis if the property remains vacant and abandoned.
For more information, please refer to the Township Code:
Please be a responsible dog owner and license your dog.
Dogs over 7 months of age must be licensed every year. The annual dog license is required by NJ law and Hillsborough Township Ordinance.
Why is it important to license your dog?
To get a license, your dog must have a current rabies vaccine that lasts through at least 10 months of the licensing year. This means that your dog’s rabies vaccine must be current until October 31st of the current year, or your dog will need a booster rabies vaccine. Please ask your vet if you have any questions.
If a wild animal or suspect rabid animal fights with your pet or attacks a person, please call the Police at 908-369-4323 or 911. IMMEDIATELY WASH AN OPEN WOUND ON A PERSON. WATCH THE ANIMAL FROM A SAFE POSITION UNTIL POLICE ARRIVE. THE ANIMAL WILL NEED TO BE TESTED FOR RABIES. FOLLOW UP WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN AND/OR YOUR VETERINARIAN.
If your pet is in contact with a wild animal, do not touch your pet without gloves for about 4 hours after this contact. Once the saliva dries, the virus is not alive. Until then, fresh Saliva can possibly get into open cuts on your hands and you will be directed to talk to your physician about possible treatment for a non-bite exposure.
Currently Vaccinated pets exposed to a possibly rabid animal may need a booster rabies vaccination that can be given by your veterinarian within 2 days of exposure. Contact your veterinarian immediately. There may be a period of observation for your pet after the contact and the booster vaccination.
Not Currently Vaccinated pets exposed to a rabid or possibly rabid animal may need to be observed for a period of 45 days, 90 days, or 6 months, or euthanized depending upon the situation. The local health department, using the NJ Department of Health algorithm, will determine the confinement period: Management of Domestic Animal Exposure to Rabies.
RABIES TREATMENT FOR HUMAN EXPOSURE: Treatment must begin before symptoms begin. All bites and non-bite exposures to humans must be evaluated immediately by the health department and your physician. Emergency rooms have the post-exposure treatment injections. Once symptoms begin, treatment will not be effective. The injections are not in the stomach and they are usually spread out over about a month. It is usually 4 injections plus immune globulin injections. The Physician will follow the NJ Department of Health Postexposure Guidelines at nj.gov/health/cd/documents/postexp_rabies_Guide.pdf. RABIES PREVENTION: Make sure your pets are CURRENTLY vaccinated against rabies- even indoor pets. A dog license ensures that you don’t forget to keep your dog’s rabies shot current.
IF BITTEN BY A DOG OR CAT, GET THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER OF THE OWNER, A DESCRIPTION OF THE ANIMAL, OR THE OWNER’S LICENSE PLANTE NUMBER- EVEN IF IT IS AN ANIMAL YOU KNOW. CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND/OR POLICE DEPARTMENT.ANY BITING DOMESTIC ANIMAL MUST BE OBSERVED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, EVEN IF IT IS CURRENTLY VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES.
There are a variety of free resources available to those who want to quit nicotine and tobacco consumption.