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33 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
(732) 341-1000, ext. 8400

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 728,
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-0728

Administration

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Overview:

The Toms River Health Department issues various licenses including Pet Shops, Boarding Kennels, Shelters, residential pet licenses, vending machines, public swimming pools and Retail Food Establishments. .

 

Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions
Forms, Applications & Downloads

 

IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMS

Immunization Programs are offered by Ocean County Health Department. Please contact the Ocean County Health Department at 732-341-9700 for flu shot clinic information and a variety of other programs or follow the link below:

 

www.ochd.org

 

ATTENTION PET OWNERS

In an effort to curb a spreading rabies epidemic and safeguard your pet, the local Board of Health requires all cat and dog owners to have their pets licensed and vaccinated against rabies and obtain a license.

A door-to-door Animal Census is conducted annually, in accordance with State Law.

The term for Dog licenses is January to December 31st. The cost is fifteen (15) dollars for a spayed/neutered dog and twenty (20) dollars, if not spayed or neutered. A late fee of five (5) dollars plus the cost of license, begins in February and increases to ten (10) dollars plus the cost of the license in March. Late Fees are set by Ordinance and cannot be waived. Proof of a rabies vaccination that is valid through November 1st of the current licensing year and written proof of spaying or neutering, signed by the veterinarian, are required.
The term for Cat licenses is June to May 31st and the cost is nine dollars for a spayed/neutered cat and twelve dollars, if not spayed or neutered. A late fee of five dollars, plus the cost of the license, begins in July and increases to ten dollars plus the cost of license in August. Proof of a rabies vaccination that is valid through April 1st of the current licensing year and written, signed proof of spaying/neutering, from the Veterinarian, are required.

Late fees apply to renewal licenses, not new licenses.

The above regulations are established pursuant to Chapter 516 (Animals) of the “Code of the Township of Toms River, New Jersey.” Please follow the link below to Municipal Code, for more information:

MUNICIPAL CODE - CHAPT. 516

 

Toms River Township sponsors a free Rabies Clinic each year in January. The date will be listed under the “Announcements” section each year.

 

PET ADOPTION

The Toms River Township Animal Shelter is located at 2201 Whitesville Road, just north of Route 70. If you are interested in adopting a pet, please contact the Animal Shelter at 732-367-5044 or follow the link below.

 

 

 

DOG LICENSES

 

It is mandatory that all dogs age seven (7) months or older be licensed each year in our municipality.

Dog Licenses must be purchased during the month of JANUARY each year. Proof of a valid rabies shot is required to obtain a license.

 

RABIES SHOT INFORMATION

The pet owner must supply a rabies vaccination certificate signed by a licensed Veterinarian indicating that the animals duration of immunity extends throughout the first ten (10) months of the licensing period. Animals with a duration of immunity that expires prior to the 10-month cut-off point, must receive a booster shot in order to obtain a license.

Therefore rabies shots which expire prior to November 1st of the current licensing year will not be accepted. The rabies shot must be valid until AFTER NOVEMBER 1st of the license year.

Licenses may be purchased by mail or in person:

If purchasing by mail:

Attn: Dog Licensing
Health Department
Township of Toms River
P.O. Box 728
Toms River, NJ 08754

Please include the following:
-Valid rabies vaccination certificate which does not expire before November 1st of the current licensing year
-Written, signed proof of spaying/neutering from the Veterinarian, if applicable
-A self-addressed, stamped envelope
-A check made payable to “Township of Toms River”

All requests must include proper documentation* or they will be returned, as incomplete. Completed requests, with all proper documentation enclosed, must be postmarked no later than January 31st or late fees must be included with the cost of license.

*All information sent to us by mail will be returned with your license.

If purchasing in person:
PLEASE BRING YOUR:
-Valid rabies vaccination certificate which does not expire before November 1st of the licensing year
- Written, signed proof of spaying/neutering from the Veterinarian, if applicable
- Check made payable to:
“Township of Toms River” OR cash, in exact amount, to:
Dog Licensing - Health Department
Toms River Municipal Complex, 1st Floor
33 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ
Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM

If paying in cash, please have exact amount, or you may pay by check.
Debit and credit cards are not accepted.

FEES

License Fees: JANUARY 1 to JANUARY 31
$15.00 – If Spayed/Neutered
$20.00 – Not Spayed/Neutered

Late Fees: $ 5.00 – From February 1st to March 1st
$10.00 - From March 2nd to December 31st
PLUS THE APPROPRIATE LICENSE FEE

Make all checks payable to: TOWNSHIP OF TOMS RIVER

CAT LICENSES

All cats in the Township of Toms River, age seven (7) months or older must be licensed each year. Failure to do so may result in a $50.00 fine for each offense.

Cat licenses must be renewed during the month of JUNE each year.

 

RABIES SHOTS

The pet owner must supply a rabies vaccination certificate signed by a licensed Veterinarian indicating that the duration of immunity extends throughout the first ten (10) months of the licensing period. Animals with a duration of immunity that expire prior to the 10-month cut-off point, must receive a booster prior to obtaining a license.

Rabies vaccinations must be valid after APRIL 1ST of the current licensing year or they will not be accepted.

Licenses can be purchased by mail or in person.

If purchasing by mail:

Attn: Cat Licensing
Toms River Health Department
Township of Toms River
P.O. Box 728, Toms River, NJ 08754

Please include the following:

  • Valid, current rabies vaccination certificate
  • Written, signed proof of spaying/neutering from the Veterinarian, if applicable
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope
  • Check made payable to Township of Toms River

 

All mail-in requests must include a valid Rabies Certificate, if the shot on file expires prior to April 1st.

Please include proper documentation* with your request or it will be returned to you as incomplete. All incomplete requests must be postmarked by JUNE 30th or late fees will apply.

*All information sent to us by mail will be returned with your license.

Late fees must be included along with the cost of license, if postmarked after June 30th.

If purchasing in person:

PLEASE BRING YOUR:

  • Valid, current rabies vaccination certificate
  • Written, signed proof of spaying/neutering from the Veterinarian, if applicable
  • Check made payable to Township of Toms River

OR cash in exact amount to:

Cat licensing - Health Dept.
Toms River Municipal Complex, 1st Floor
33 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ
Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM

If paying in cash, please have exact amount, or you may pay by check.
Debit and credit cards are not accepted.

 

FEES

License Fees: JUNE 1 to JUNE 30
$9.00 – Spayed or neutered
$12.00 – If not spayed or neutered

 

*Late Fees: $ 5.00 – July 1 – July 31
$10.00 – August 2ND – May 31st
PLUS THE APPROPRIATE LICENSE FEE

 

RETAIL FOOD-HANDLING LICENSES

Retail Food Establishment licenses are issued each year, pursuant to Chapter 534 and 537 of the “Code of the Township of Toms River, NJ.” Follow link to Municipal Code, for more information:

MUNICIPAL CODE-CHAPT. 534
MUNICIPAL CODE-CHAPT 537

Applications must be submitted in March of each year. There is a $50.00 application fee. All Retail food businesses, Mobile Vendors and Non-profit food vendors must be inspected by Ocean County Health Department, prior to applying for a Retail Food Establishment License.

The applicant must provide:

- A completed Application
- A copy of the Sanitary Inspection report issued by Ocean
County Health Department
- A copy of the “Satisfactory” Certificate issued by
Ocean County Health Department
- Check in the amount of $50.00, payable to
“Township of Toms River”

Food License Applications can be mailed to:
Attn: Food Licenses
Toms River Health Department
PO Box 728
Toms River, NJ 08754

 


Mobile food vendor –
Retail food vendor &
non-profit food vendors)

 

PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS

Swimming pools used by the public require a license, pursuant to Chapter 579 of the “Code of the Township of Toms River, NJ.” Please follow the link below to review these regulations and/or download the application:

MUNICIPAL CODE-CHAPT. 579
Pool Application is available in the downloads secion.

FEES:
SEASONAL POOL - $50.00
(APRIL THRU OCTOBER 1)
B. YEAR LONG - $75.00

 

Applications can be mailed to:
Attn: Swimming Pool Licenses
Toms River Health Department
PO Box 728
Toms River, NJ 08754

VENDING MACHINES

 

Food and beverage vending machines require a license, pursuant to Chapter 531 of the “Code of the Township of Toms River, NJ.” Please follow the link below to review these regulations and/or download application:

MUNICIPAL CODE-CHAPT. 531

The application is available in the downloads secion.

 

Class A: Includes any vending machine that dispenses readily perishable food, either in bulk or package, or nonalcoholic beverages in bulk.
Fee:
$10.00 for first machine;
$5.00 for each additional machine

Class B: Includes any vending machine not classified as a Class A machine that dispenses nonperishable food or nonalcoholic beverages in original containers or ice.
Fee: $ 5.00 for each machine

 

Applications can be mailed to:

Applications can be mailed, with appropriate fee, to:

Attn: Vending Machines
Toms River Health Dept.
PO BOX 728
Toms River, NJ 08754

Please contact the Health Department at 732-341-1000 x 8400 for any other information.