Daily Badge $10             Weekly Badge $20       Preseason Badge through May 31st $40     Seasonal Badge $50    


Lifeguards & Badge Checkers will be on duty from 10 am to 5 pm. Valid Surf City beach badges are required for all individuals from 12 years of age to 64 years of age whenever lifeguards & badge checkers are on duty. 



Portable restroom facilities are available at the following locations, changing rooms and showers are not provided:

Behind Borough Hall at 813 Long Beach Boulevard.

The 16th Street Bay Beach.

The Division Street Boat Ramp.

Shade Devices

Monopole shade devices are permitted on the beach not to exceed 8 feet by 8 feet in size with no sides. Shade devices may not be pre-set up on the beach to reserve a sitting area. Devices will be removed at the owner’s expense.

General Rules

For safety reasons, please do not dig holes deeper than 12 inches. All holes must be refilled prior to leaving the beach.

Launching of any boats, kayaks, or canoes of any sort is not permitted from any Surf City beach.

Dogs may enjoy the beach while leashed with their owners from October 1st until April 30th.

Beach Buggy Permits are available from September to May through the Surf City Police Department.

The fishing beaches during guarded hours are located between North 23rd Street to North 25th Street.



The surfing beaches during guarded hours are outside of the swimming area as directed by the Borough lifeguards. This is a trial period; all surfers must present a badge.

  • Permitted surfing is subject to daily weather/water conditions.
  • Surfers must check in with a lifeguard & a badge checker before entering the water.
  • Surfing in designated areas only.
  • Surfers must use a leash.
  • There will be NO disrobing or changing on the beach or in the street.
  • Failure to comply will result in a ticket/fine

Beach Patrol

Lifeguard stands will be located approximately at South 2nd Street, Division, North 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, and 24th.  The precise location of the guarded beach may change from year-to-year or even week-to-week depending on surf condition and most notably the location of sandbars. 

At times there may be two separate bathing areas on a beach instead of one large bathing area if there is a rip current in the middle of the swimming area.

For more information, please visit the lifeguard page.


Surf City Beach Patrol

Municipal Boat Ramp

 Property owners will be issued one pass for use by the property owner for one boat and trailer. Resident boat ramp passes can be obtained at the Borough Hall badge window, Monday through Friday – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  All vessels must be registered to the property owner.  Non-commercial ramp passes are available for $70 each & commercial Boat Ramp Passes are available for $200 each. Both can be purchased at the boat ramp. Daily passes are available for $20.  Anyone applying for a Boat Ramp Pass must supply trailer registration and boat registration.

Beach Wheels

Beach Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis from 9 am to 4 pm daily. Residents and visitors can visit to the badge booth to obtain a chair at no cost. Chairs may be obtained for a week at a time by persons staying in Surf City.  Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated as this program runs solely on contributions.

All persons renting a chair will be required to sign a hold harmless and damage agreement along with providing a valid driver’s license. These chairs cannot fit in a car or small SUV.  Chairs may be picked up with a pick-up truck, large SUV or will need to be walked to the location. Beach wheelchairs cannot be delivered.

Please call (609)361-7655 from June 1st to September 6th if you have any questions.

The Gator Program

The Borough now has three John Deere ATV Passenger Gator’s and  ADA Gator Program has been expanded to cover the length of the Borough beaches.  Anyone with a Gator Badge can catch the Gator on the street side of the ocean block of N. 5th, N. 12th or N. 18th Streets. The Gator will bring the patron over the dune and along the dune fence area to the street area they wish to go. The Gator may not enter the crowded beach area for safety reasons.  When you are ready to leave the beach, you can catch the Gator as they sweep by or contact the Beach Badge office with your location and make your way to the dune fence area. The Beach Badge office will radio the corresponding Gator driver to your area in the order that calls are received. All patrons with Gator badge are permitted to have one individual ride along and assist them. 

A special season badge is required and can be obtained at the Beach Badge Booth or the Gator driver by showing a government issued ID & completing a hold harmless agreement. 

If you have questions about this service, please call the badge booth during business hours (609)361-7655.

The N. 12th Street beach is the designated ADA access location with a mat and slope to improve accessibility.