Mercantile Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to the Office of Licensing.  This Department oversees all municipal licensing regulations for the City of Ocean City. 
 
The following are the most common licenses:
 
Rental property: as per Vol. I, section 5-1, all residential, as well as commercial rental properties are required to obtain a Mercantile License, also know as a Rental Registration. 
 
Contractor/subcontractor:  if you are performing work on new, commercial or a residential structure with 6 or more attached units, you are required to obtain a municipal Contractors License. 
 
Business: all businesses, new and existing, are required to obtain a Mercantile License.  New businesses must obtain pre-approval and complete a license packet prior to opening the business.  If you are an existing business moving to a new location, you will need to complete a new application packet including an approved pre-application.  Sidewalk café license is also required for existing food establishments wanting to have outside seating.
 
Vending trucks/bicycle carts are issued by a bid process through the Purchasing Department.  The number of licenses are limited.  Rules and regulations can be found in Vol. I, section 5-11.
 
For additional assistance, please contact:
 
Cecilia Dugan
609-399-6111 ext. 9701
115 12th Street
Ocean City, NJ 08226
 
Please either view a selection below or enter search information above.  For your convenience, our frequently requested forms are listed below.
Contractor Application Mercantile Packet
Non-Profit Permit (E-FORM) Mercantile Pre-Application
Sidewalk Cafe
Trademark / Logo Landlord Registration (E-FORM)
Non-Profit Renewal (E-FORM)  

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Mercantile Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the Licensing Office?

115 East 12th Street
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609.399.6111