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Beach Fees

For additional information, call 609-399-6111, ext. 9377.
Seasonal tags are available at the following locations:

City Hall (9th and Asbury), Mon-Thurs, 8:45 am to 6 pm; Fri 8:45 am to 8 pm; Sat 9-5; Sun 9-4 (starting Nov. 25)

Rt. 52 Welcome Center, Mon-Fri, 9-4:30; Sat 9-4; Sun 9-2 (winter hours)

Henry Knight Building (12th and Haven), Mon-Fri, 9-4 (no holidays)

Aquatic & Fitness Ctr (17th and Simpson), Mon-Fri 5 am-9 pm; Sat 7-6; Sun 9-6 (no holidays)


Beach Tags are required for all beachgoers ages 12 and older and are in effect from June 3, 2017 through September 4, 2017. Seasonal tags cost $20 through May 31, 2017 (then $25 on June 1 and after). Weekly ($10) and daily ($5) tags will be available for purchase during the season. Only seasonal beach tags can be purchased online. Note: Due to the early start of the beach season, tags need to be purchased (if ordering by mail order or online) no later than May 15 to assure delivery.
Why Beach Tags?
Beach tags are required in most municipalities along the New Jersey coastline.  They are a user fee to help offset the local municipalities cost of maintaining their beaches and providing lifeguards and other services such as trash removal, beach cleaning and the purchase of needed equipment and police protection. The cost of these items and all of the other beach benefits are supported by this user fee known as the beach tag.  The beach fee program was approved by the residents of Ocean City in 1976 and continued since that time to help offset all the costs associated with the beach.
More Information
  • No refunds or exchanges of beach tags under any circumstances.
  • The City of Ocean City is not responsible for misplaced lost, stolen or forgotten beach tags
  • Caution:  Beach tags may come off bathing suits if worn in the ocean.
  • Please be advised to display a counterfeit or forged beach tags is a third degree crime and offenders will be prosecuted.


Free Beach Tags for Active Military Members and Veterans

Free beach tags for veterans and active members of the military are not yet available for 2017. Check back here for details. New state laws allow Ocean City to offer the free tags to veterans (the veteran only) and to active military members (including spouse and dependent children over the age of 12).  Proper military or veteran ID must be presented to receive a tag. 

One of the following documents will be required to receive a free beach tag:
  • DD214 or any other discharge papers
  • County Veteran ID Card
  • Department of Veterans Affairs ID Card
  • Valid driver’s License if you received a veterans tag last year.
  • Government-issued active military ID
Veterans and military members can now show ID on the beach to receive their free tags.