Rules for the Beachfront
Belmar is one of New Jersey’s most popular summer destinations for families, and our Beach staff works hard to make sure that all who visit want to come back again and again. The Borough Council has adopted a series of rules over the years designed to help keep our beaches safe and enjoyable for all. Please take a moment to review our Beach & Boardwalk Rules and Regulations to make sure your experience is a safe and enjoyable one.
Smoking is Prohibited on the entire Beach and Boardwalk
In the spring of 2014 the Mayor and Council banned smoking entirely on the beach and boardwalk areas. The minimum fine is $25; the maximum fine is $250. Disposing of a cigarette butt on the beach, dune, boardwalk or street constitutes littering, and is subject to a separate fine of $100 and two days of community service.
Open flames, firepits, cooking, and or barbecuing
Open flames, firepits, cooking, and or barbecuing are not allowed on the beachfront at any time.
Ball Playing On The Beach
No person shall play baseball or engage in any type of ball playing or throwing of a frisbee on the beachfront or in the water adjacent thereto during bathing hours in any manner which creates a danger or unreasonable inconvenience to others; provided, however, that all such persons shall obey all direction from lifeguards and Police Officers regarding such activities.
No Admission to Beach Without a Beach Fee
Beach badges are required on the beach from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekend beginning with Memorial Day Weekend, and on each weekday beginning with the third Monday in June, until Labor Day. Violators will be issued a summons and escorted from the beach and may not return until they have obtained a badge. Anyone who is caught walking on a dune will be subject to an additional fine of not less than $500.
No Littering Littering is strictly prohibited on the beach and boardwalk. Please be considerate of the environment and your fellow beachgoers, and dispose of your trash in a trash can. Anyone who leaves trash behind when they leave the beach will be subject to a fine for litter, which start at $100. Additional penalties include two days of community service.
No Alcohol or Glass Containers Allowed on Beach or Boardwalk The possession of alcohol and glass containers is strictly prohibited on Belmar’s beach and boardwalk. Beach staff may ask beachgoers to open their coolers and knapsacks so that they can be visually examined for these items.
Pets Licensed dogs are permitted on the beach with a leash, while under the control of their owners, from October 1 through April 30th, but not at any other time. Animals are not permitted on Belmar’s boardwalk at any time (except that dogs may cross the boardwalk to get access to the beach from October 1 and April 30th). Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets at all times.
Bicycles, Skateboards and Rollerblades Between May 1 and September 30, bicycles are permitted on the boardwalk only between 6AM and 9AM. Bicycles are permitted on the boardwalk at any time between October 1 and April 30. Rollerblades and Skateboards are not permitted on the boardwalk at any time of the year. Bicycles may be locked only to a bicycle rack, and not to any light fixture, railing or other part of the boardwalk. Bicycles, strollers and baby carriages may not placed within 15 feet of any beach entrance gate.
Ball-playing, Frisbees Prohibited on Beach except in designated areas Ball-playing and Frisbees are prohibited on the beach and near the water. The Council has designated areas near the boardwalk on certain of the wider beaches for use for volleyball and other games. If in doubt, ask a gate attendant.
Loud Music or Noise Prohibited If you want to listen to music on the beach, use headphones.
Tents No tents permitted on the beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Vending or Distribution of Free Products or Samples Is Prohibited on the Beach, Boardwalk and Ocean Avenue Anyone seeking to hold a special promotion or other event, or to hand out leaflets, is advised to contact the Borough Clerk.
This is only intended to be a summary of Belmar’s beach rules, and does not include all of the rules. To read the rules in full, click here and go to Section 18-2.7 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Belmar.