Monday - Friday
8:45 - 4:30
861 Asbury Ave.
Ocean City, New Jersey

Office of Licensing

Office of Licensing Information

This Department oversees all municipal licensing regulations for the City of Ocean City. 
Pursuant to NJSA 40A:10A-1 et seq. The owner of a business or the owner of a rental unit or units shall  maintain liability insurance for negligent acts and omissions in an amount of no less than $500,000, and shall annually register the certificate with the municipality in which the business, rental units, or multi-family home is located. The City of Ocean City shall be listed as the “certificate holder” or “additional interest".
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 HERE

Office of Licensing FAQs

How do I contact the Licensing Office?
115 East 12th Street
Ocean City, NJ 08226

609.399.6111 ext. 9701



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