Board of Health

Welcome to the Hillsdale Board of Health
The Board of Health is an autonomous body appointed by the Mayor and operates under the regulation of the New Jersey Department of Health. The Board of Health creates public health policy for the Borough of Hillsdale to ensure that proper health standards are maintained within the Borough.  The Board of Health is the only municipal organization besides the Mayor ad Council with the power to enact ordinances and oversee such Borough Ordinances.  The ordinances are in place to guarantee healthy living conditions in the Borough of Hillsdale.

The Hillsdale Board of Health is where you can apply for a marriage license, acquire certified copies of birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as license your dog and/or cat. We have two Public Health Nurses on staff and offer well baby clinics and special programs throughout the year.

We also issue food licenses, as well as take health related complaints. The Board regulates the maintenance of food and beverage vending machines and retail food establishments, controls the keeping of animals, authorizes the inspection of premises by the health officer, and oversees and regulates other establishments in order to guarantee healthy living circumstances. The Board of Health also annually contracts with the Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission, an organization that provides a variety of health-related services.


The Borough of Hillsdale utilizes Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission for most Health Department Services.

Their website also provides helpful resources and links to additional health information and services.

Please click here to be routed to their website

    2024 Board of Health Members

Chris Looes - President

Louisa Toledo -Vice President

Diane Ohme

Dr. Susan Kushner

Elaine Meyerson

John Klein
Christina Fanelli

Marguerite Deppert, RN, BSN - Health Nurse

Lois Kohan, RN - Health Nurse

Marriage Licenses are obtained by appointment only. 
Please call the Registrar, Denise Kohan at 201-497-1552 or Eileen McLaughlin at 201-497-1506
Applications for a Marriage, Remarriage or Civil Union as well as applications to obtain a certified copy of a Vital Record can all
be found under Permits & Forms on the main website page
You must make an appointment for a marriage license.
You cannot request any information over the phone/fax. You must come in person or may request copies through the mail (see Permits & Forms)
The second Tuesday of each month the Board of Health will be offering free walk-in clinics at Borough Hall from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  This clinic will be staffed by the Hillsdale Public Nurse, Marguerite Deppert and will offer such services as blood pressure screenings, health consultations and education and medical referrals. No appointment is necessary.

Local Ordinance requires that cats 4 months and dogs 7 months or older must be licensed. All dog and cat licenses expire on January 31 of each year. Licenses renewed after January 31 are subject to a $15.00 late fee. Rabies vaccine must be valid to November 1 of each license year. Click here to see the license requirements by law.

If you are mailing in your license form, you must include a copy of the rabies vaccine certificate along with a copy of the spayed/neuter information. Please make all checks payable to the "Borough of Hillsdale" and enclose a self addressed stamped envelope for your license to be sent.
There is no fee for licensing Seeing Eye or Hearing Ear Dogs.  Dogs are not permitted to run at large. Owners may be subject to fine.

2024 Pet Licensing will start on January 1, 2024.

  • Altered / Neutered: $15
  • Non-Altered / Non-Neutered: $18
  • Late Fee for all previously licensed pets, applicable on January 31: $15

For more information or questions please call us at 201-666-4800


On-Line Registration click here


 Click here to view information regarding Domestic Partnership in the state of New Jersey

Click here to view the just released Q&A document from the NJ Department of Vital Statistics. For more information, you may also visit their website by clicking here.

Child Health Conference
The Child Health Conference provides well child services at no cost to children and adolescents who are uninsured or under-insured.  Services available at the Child Health Conference include:
- Physical exams for children from birth to six years old
- Immunizations for vaccine preventable diseases from birth to 19  years old
- Blood tests to check for anemia and lead poisoning
- Screening tests to check for speech, hearing and/or vision problems
All services are provided by a pediatrician and registered nurse.  The Hillsdale Child Health Conference is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, in the nurse's office at Hillsdale Borough Hall.  Appointments are necessary.  To schedule an appointment for your child contact the Hillsdale Public Health Nurse, Marguerite Deppert, at 201-666-4800 ext. 1528.