Frequently Asked Questions

Township Ordinances

Animal Complaints

A. Running at large. No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to run at large upon the public streets or any public park or any public building or any other public place within the Township unaccompanied by its owner or its representative. Any dog found running at large shall be deemed to be doing so with the permission of the owner, keeper or harborer and such person shall be guilty of a violation of this subsection.


B. Female Dogs. No owner of a female dog shall suffer or permit her to be in or upon any street, highway or alley or other public place in the Township or to trespass upon the property of other persons in the Township at any time while such female dog may be in season. Such female dog running at large or trespassing in violation of this subsection may be impounded and destroyed, as provided in this article, not less than seven days after the capture or seizure, unless the owner shall reclaim her within the aforesaid seven-day period and pay the penalty for violation of this subsection.


C. Nuisance Restrictions. No person shall own, keep, harbor or permit any dog to annoy neighbors or other persons living within the immediate vicinity of the Township by loud, frequent or habitual continuous barking, howling, or yelping for a period of more than 20 continuous minutes between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm or for a period of more than 15 continuous minutes between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am. "Continuous" is defined as uninterrupted, unbroken, not intermittent or occasional, so persistently repeated at short intervals as to constitute virtually an unbroken series. No dog owner shall permit his dog to trespass upon the property of any other persons in the Township nor suffer or permit his dog to damage shrubbery, flowers, gardens or any other property of any kind or character belonging to any neighbor or other person in the Township. (Amended 12-16-2003 by Ord. No. 0-03-40)


Noise Prohibitions

B. Specific prohibitions. The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing, or excessive noise in violation of this chapter, but said enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusively, namely:


B-1. Horns and signaling devices. The sounding of any horns or signaling device on any motor vehicle on any public right-of-way, except as a danger warning signal or as provided in the Vehicle Code of the State of New Jersey.


B-3. Exterior loudspeakers. Using or operating any mechanical device or loudspeaker in a fixed or movable position exterior to any building, or mounted upon any aircraft, motor vehicle or motorboat, such that the sound is plainly audible at or beyond the property boundary or the source or on a public way, except between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am the following day.


B-5. Loading operations. Loading, unloading, opening, or otherwise handling boxes, crates, containers, garbage cans, or otherwise similair objects between the hours of 9:00pm and 7:00am the following day in such a manner as to cause noise disturbance.


B-6. Construction noise. Operating or causing to be operated any equipment used for commercial construction, repair, alteration or demolition work on buildings, structures, streets, alleys, or appurtnances thereto, in residential, commercial, industrial and manufacturing land use categories, with sound control devices that would constitute a violation of any regulation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or between the hours of 9:00pm and 7:00am the following day on weekdays and between 8:00pm Friday night and 8:00am Saturday and between the hours of 6:00pm on Saturdays through 7:00am on Mondays, and on legal holidays.


B-7. Vehicle repairs or testing. Repairing, rebuilding, modifying or testing any motor vehicle (or off-road vehicle) or motorboat in or near a residential use district in such a manner as to cause noise disturbance or violate the provisions of 208-11.


Civil Matters

If you are having or are involved in a civil matter that doesn't require an emergent police response, you can contact the Monmouth County Courthouse-Civil Division at 732-677-4300, located at 71 Monument St, Freehold 07728.



The Howell Police Department is open to tours for certain community groups (such as the Boy Scouts and school classes). For information or to schedule a tour of the Howell Police Department, please contact Captain John Storrow, Services Division at 732-938-4575.

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Police Officer Hiring

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Traffic Citation Questions

Any and all traffic citation questions can be addressed to either the Municipal Court or the officer who wrote the citation which is identified by the 3-digit badge # located in the lower right hand portion of the citation itself.


Operating Hours

The Howell Twp. Police Dept. is open 24 hrs/day 7 days a week including all holidays.


The Records Division is open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday - Friday (closed on holidays)


Court is open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday - Friday (closed on holidays) and can be reached

at 732-938-4848.


Internet Safety

To schedule an appointment or speak with a Detective, you can contact the Investigations Division directly or any particular Detective by visiting the Investigations Division's page on this website. 

Guidelines for Parents

  • Clear, simple, easy-to-read house rules should be posted on or near the monitor
  • Look into safeguarding programs or options your online service provider might offer which may include monitoring or filtering capabilities
  • Talk to your children about what personal information is and why you should never give it to people online
  • If children use chat or e-mail, talk to them about never meeting in person with anyone they first "met" online
  • Talk to children about never responding to offensive or dangerous e-mail, chat or other communications. Report any such communication to your local police department. Do not delete the offensive or dangerous e-mail when contacting the police.

For further information regarding internet safety, please visit the New Jersey State Police Website and review their Internet Safety Tips section.