Bonfire Rugulations
At Island Beach State Park

by Alyssa
(New Jersey)

When does Island Beach State Park close? I want to have a bonfire on the beach and I wanted to know when they close. Also do you have to be fishing in order to have a bonfire?

Frank's Reply:

Hi Alyssa,

The opening and closing times of Island Beach State Park are:

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
Sat, Sun, holidays: 7 A.M. - dusk
Monday - Friday: 8 A.M. - dusk

Off season
Daily: 8 A.M. - dusk

During the summer no fires, grills, or any other cooking devices are allowed on the beaches where the lifeguards are stationed. Visitors can have picnics on the ocean side beach areas south of the swimming are and along the beach in the Southern Natural Area.

All Visitors are allowed to have a small bonfire but must have it extinguished and be out of the park by 8 PM.

Fires must be at least 50 feet east of the dunes and must be extinguished before leaving the area. Island Beach State Park requires visitors to 'Carry In/Carry Out' their garbage.

For further information, I suggest you contact the Island Beach State Park office (732-793-0506) from 9:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M, in advance of your visit.

Enjoy, your summer,

Frank

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Apr 24, 2014
Beach Party
by: Kira

Hello!
Am thinking of hosting a gathering for my daughter and a few of her friends at the beach this summer. This event would include: volley ball, grilling and a sack race ending with roasting smores and a bon fire before heading out. Which beach would be best? Do I need a permit? Who should I contact?

Thanks in advance for your help!!

Frank's reply:

Hi Kira,

Beaches in New Jersey are very restrictive when it comes to allowing parties, bon fires, grilling and other party related activities.

I would however suggest that you contact the Belmar Municipal office regarding getting a permit for a party in their designated beach picnic area. The telephone # is 732-681-3700

A summary of the Belmar beach picnic area ordinance is:

"Every permit shall be valid only for the single day indicated on the permit between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Applications for permits must be made to the Borough Clerk on forms promulgated by the Clerk. No permit shall be issued unless the applicant first submits to the Clerk: (1) a security deposit of one hundred ($100.00) dollars, returnable only if there is no damage to the beach or any Borough property, and only if all trash and litter has been removed from the beach by the applicant; and (2) a certificate of insurance or other satisfactory proof that the applicant has obtained and paid for liability insurance against any and all claims for bodily injuries and property damage arising out of or in any way connected with the presence of persons on the beach during the party, which insurance must have a limit of liability of at least five hundred thousand ($500,000.00) dollars and must name the Borough of Belmar as an insured. No swimming or bathing privileges shall be extended to any person attending a beach party, and no person attending a beach party shall bring onto the beach or the boardwalk any alcoholic beverages. In addition, the provisions of subsection 18-2.7y shall apply to all beach parties."

Hope they can accommodate most of your beach party needs.

Frank

Apr 27, 2013
Island Beach State Park Bon Fires
by: Jenn

Hi Frank,

I am interested in having a Bon Fire for my daughters HS graduation. Low-key, no alcohol under 50 people.

How do I go about getting a permit for this? How much notice is required? Can this be held on a weekend?

Thanks for your assistance.

Jenn


Franks' Reply

Hi Jenn;

Permits are not required for fires on the beach at Island Beach State park.

Here are the rules/restrictions on having a "bonfire":

1) Fires are restricted to the fishing area only
2) Fires are allowed during the hours 8:00 am to dusk (park closing time)
3) Visitors must bring their own wood.
4) Fires must be at least 50 feet east of the dunes, and visitors are required to extinguish their fires before leaving the area. Exti9nguished wood remains may be left on the beach.
5)Visitors must "Carry In/Carry Out" their Garbage.
6) No Alcohol

If you require mores information, you can contact the Island Beach State Park office at (732-793-0506)

All the best on your daughters graduation;

Frank

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Asbury Park 2012 Bonfires On The Beach

2012 Bonfires on the Beach
Asbury Park will be having Weekly Bonfires every Friday at 8 PM during the months June through October.
Location:
5th Avenue Beach
Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ

This is a great free family event, or to meet up with friends for a fun night outdoors. You will be able join the event on the sand and cozy up near the fire.

Come early or stay after and enjoy the exciting boardwalk attractions including indoor/outdoor dining, shopping, and amusements.

Parking is available in a nearby lot and on street metered parking.
Contact: (732) 897-6500

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Is A Camp Fire Permitted on Brigantine Beach?

by Frank
(PA)

In Brigantine, can you have a controlled camp fire on the beach in July?

Frank's Reply

Hi;

Brigantine Beach is similar to most other beaches in New Jersey with having very strict ordinances against the use of the beach for parties and camp fires.

Brigantine Beach's ordinance states "The starting or maintenance of a fire or fires on the beach at any time during the entire year is prohibited."

Regards,
Frank

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Are There Any Places in New Jersey
to have a Bonfire With a permit?!

by Allison A
(Edison, NJ)

Hi, I'm looking for a place where I can hold a gathering + bonfire in New Jersey! I want to set up a gathering for my senior class in June. Please let me know. I have heard it is possible to have a bonfire at Sandy Hook WITH a permit.

Reply:
Hi Allison;
New Jersey beaches and towns have very restrictive ordinances against having Bonfires on beaches.

Sandy Hook, as you indicated, does not allow any bonfires on their beach.

However, Belmar allows bonfires and picnics on the beach in a designated area. An application for a permit and approval by the Borough Fire official is required. The permit imposes many limitations, conditions, and restrictions for use of the beach for bonfires and picnics.
The designated beach area lies between the foot of First Avenue and the high water mark of Shark River and the Atlantic Ocean. For a permit application and information, contact the Belmar Municipal office at 732-681-3700.

All the best on your senior class gathering,

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Where Can We Have A Bonfire
To Celebrate a Birthday?

by Donna Castelblanco
(Edison, NJ)

Hi, my birthday is coming up. I was wondering if bonfires are allowed for a small group of people. NO ALCOHOL.
Very SAFE, just some time to spend to together.

thank you! Donna
Reply:
Hi Donna;
Beaches and towns in New Jersey have very strict ordinances against having bonfires without a permit and adequate oversight from township officials.

However, Belmar allows bonfires and picnics on the beach in a designated area. An application for a permit and approval by the Borough Fire official is required. The permit imposes many limitations, conditions, and restrictions for use of the beach for bonfires and picnics.
The designated beach area lies between the foot of First Avenue and the high water mark of Shark River and the Atlantic Ocean. For a permit application and information, contact the Belmar Municipal office at 732-681-3700.

Regards,
Frank Dalotto

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Where can we have a Bonfire in Bergen County?

We are a grope of people that what to have a bonfire at night somewhere in Bergen county NJ to celebrate a holiday.
Where we can have it and what permit do we need?
Thanks.
Reply:
Hi:
New Jersey municipalities have very restrictive ordinances against bonfires. My suggestion is to select several venues where you would like to hold the event and contact the venue and/or the municipality to determine if a bonfire is permitted and what permits are required.

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Where Can I Have a Beach Bonfire Party With Music?

by Amber
(West Orange NJ)

I am planning a beach graduation party in early June and I was wondering if there were any beaches in NJ where I could make a small bonfire and play music. I was thinking of having live music and music through speakers.

Do I need a noise permit or a permit for bonfires? Also, I am planning for my party to run from 7:30pm-12:00am.

Would I be able to do this? And what beaches would permit me to have a party where I can play loud music, have a bonfire and have it run until 12:00 am? Thank you!

Frank's Reply:

Hi Amber,

New Jersey public beaches have very strict ordinances regarding nighttime beach parties with bonfires and the playing of amplified music.

If you can be more flexible, you may want to consider Belmar. NJ
Open Burning Bonfire Permit ($42 plus $100 for a security deposit, Summer 2013)
Contact: Belmar Police Department – 732.681.1700, Office of the Fire Marshal – 732.681.3700 extension 235
Website:

Belmar Open Burning Bonfire Regulations:

The following is a list of fire safety regulations that must be followed: before, during and after an open burn or bonfire permit has been issued. You as the permit holder are responsible for full compliance with all fire safety regulations.
• The location is ONLY granted on the Beach between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
o (Unless Otherwise Authorized by Fire Marshal)
• Any open burn or bonfire shall not be less than fifty- (50)-feet from any structure. (i.e. Boardwalk, Fishing Pier)
• Any open burn or bonfire must be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. The permit holder is deemed the responsible person and must remain in attendance for the duration of the burn to assure maximum safety and compliance.
• At least one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating, two portable fire extinguishers with a minimum 2-A rating each, or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water, or fire apparatus shall be available for immediate utilization for extinguishment.
o Fire Extinguisher ratings are located on the fire extinguisher.
o Fire Extinguisher must be purchased new or be certified and tagged same for within the calendar year
• Open Burn or bonfire sizes shall not be more than five (5) feet, by five (5) feet in dimension and height and shall not burn longer than three (3) hours and is only permitted during the hours of 7 pm to 10 pm.
• At any time the Fire Marshal has the authority to restrict or limit the actual size and location of the open burn or bonfire based on safety and atmospheric conditions.
• Fuel for open burning or bonfires shall consist of only seasoned dry firewood and must be ignited with a small amount of paper. The fire shall not be used for waste disposal purposes, and the fuel shall be chosen to minimize the generation of air contaminants.
• No structures are permitted to be constructed or placed on the beach (tents, huts, etc.)
• No amplified music is permitted. Any other types of music must end by no later than 10 pm.
• At any time the Fire Marshal, Police Chief or their designees has the authority to adjust, or terminate any fire or fire permit that is deemed offensive, objectionable or hazardous due to smoke odor or emissions or when atmospheric conditions and/or local circumstances make such hazards.
• After the fire:
o Assure the fire is out. Utilize sand, water or your fire extinguisher if necessary.
o ALL Ashes and or fire debris MUST be buried in the sand within your fire pit when complete; including partially burned or consumed material.
 DO NOT DISPOSE OF ANY ASHES, WOOD or ANY other BURNED material into ANY TRASH RECEPTICLE or GARBAGE CAN.

All the best on your June bgraduation party.

Frank



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Are Bonfires Allowed On Any Beaches In NJ?

by Tina
(Washington Twp, NJ)

Are bonfires allowed on any beaches in NJ? How about with a permit?
Frank's Reply
Hi Tina;
New Jersey has very strict ordinances against the setting of bonfires on a beach.

If have a large group and want to hire a caterer to have a bonfire in connection with a party or to celebrate an event; here are some suggestions:

Martell's Tiki Bar
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Tel: 732-892-0131
Can cater a private party on the beach with a BBQ for 50 or more

Donovan's Reef
Sea Bright, New Jersey
(732) 842-8646
or (732) 233-6353
They host company picnics, outings, birthday party's, and private party's with a complete seafood or landlubber menu and drink packages. Also you get to use their private beach and can bring your own kayaks, boogie boards or other water toys. They also have a sand volleyball court on a newly 500' long beach.



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Jun 05, 2014
You can have a bonfire @ Seaside Park Beach
by: frank

Midway Beach (Seaside Park) is one of the few beaches in New Jersey that allow fires on the beach. Subject to obtaining a permit with strict provisions, you can have a bonfire on Midway Beach at night.

Please contact the Seaside Park Municipal office at 732-793-3700 for permit information & application.

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Are Bonfire's on Avalon beaches Permitted?

by John C
(Brooklyn, NY)

Do you need a permit or is it ok or not ok to have a bonfire on the beach in Avalon, NJ?

Reply:
Hi John;
New Jersey has very restrictive beach ordinances and bonfires are not permitted in Avalon, NJ.
Regards,
Frank Dalotto

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Can I Have A Beach Party in New Jersey
With a Bonfire and Alcohol?

I want to throw a beach party and I was wondering what beach around Central Jersey allows bonfires and alcoholic drinks? Are there time limits & do I need a permit? Thanks!
Hi;
New Jersey beaches have very tight restrictions and alcoholic drinks and bonfires are not permitted.
Regards,
Frank Dalotto

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Jun 05, 2014
Rules and Permit process for a Bonfire on Midway Beach
by: Frank

Hi Mark,

Midway Beach (Seaside Park) is one of the few beaches in New Jersey that allow fires on the beach. Subject to obtaining a permit with strict provisions, you can have a bonfire on Midway Beach at night.

However, glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on any beach fire, party or picnic.

There is permit fee of $50 for a beach fire or beach party or picnic with a beach fire. A $300 deposit of cash or certified check will be required to be posted with each permit application.

Please contact the Seaside Park Municipal office at 732-793-3700 for permit information & application.

Jun 01, 2014
Bonfires at Midway Beach NJ
by: Mark

Hi,
I have a question for anyone out there that can help me. Does Midway Beach allow bonfires on their beach at night? If so, how do I go about getting an application and what are the fees involved.
Thank you in advance for any help that you can give me.

Mark

Jan 06, 2012
Beach in NJ that Allows Alcohol
by: Shelly

Between Seaside Park and IBSP there is a beach called Midway Beach that allows bonfires year round with a permit and also allows alcohol. I'm not sure if you can really get a permit if you're not a local but its worth looking into.

Frank's Comment:

Shelly, thanks for this information. You are correct that Midway Beach, a private beach, does allow Bonfires and Beach Parties with a permit and an application fee of $100. However they are not clear if this is also open to non-residents.

I have left a message and they have not yet returned my call. As soon as I hear back from them I will add the response to this comment.

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Looking for a Beach to Throw a Beach Party
with a Bonfire, BBQ, and Drinking.

by josh
(union, nj)

Hi, i'm looking for a place to do beach party for my employees. I would like to know what beach can i do this at.

I would like to do a BBQ, a bonfire, and maybe some drinks.

Thanks,
Josh

Hi Josh:

New Jersey beaches do not allow privately run beach parties that include bonfire's, BBQing, and drinking.

However, here are some places that can cater and run a private party on the beach for your employees:

Donovan's Reef
Sea Bright, New Jersey
(732) 842-8646
or (732) 233-6353
They host company picnics, outings, birthday party's, and private party's with a complete seafood or landlubber menu and drink packages. Also you get to use their private beach and can bring your own kayaks, boogie boards or other water toys. They also have a sand volleyball court on a newly 500' long beach.

Martell's Tiki Bar
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Tel: 732-892-0131
Can cater a private party on the beach with a BBQ for 50 or more.

Have fun,
Frank Dalotto


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Can I Have A Winter Bonfire On The Beach In Atlantic City?

by Naomi Washington-Roque
(New Brunswick NJ)

We have a beach house in Atlantic city for the winter. Are we allowed to have a bonfire on the beach or in general? Would having it at the house be a sole decision of the owner?
Frank's Reply:

Hi Naomi,
Jersey Shore towns have very restrictive beach ordinances and bonfires are not permitted on the beach.

Alternatively, having a bonfire on the property of the home you are staying at also encounters restrictions. I strongly suggest this be discussed with the owner of the property, and if they are OK with it, I would then contact the town office to clear it with them.

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Can We Have A Bonfire on the Beach in Wildwood?

For my friends birthday we wanted to throw her a party and have a beach bonfire with a bunch of friends? If we can have a bonfire how much would a permit cost?
Reply:
Hi;
New Jersey beaches have very restrictive ordinances and the Wildwoods are no exception.
Fires of any kind are not permitted on the beaches in The Wildwoods.

Have fun,

Frank Dalotto

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