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Updated Beach, Tag & Rental Policies

Posted May 19th 2020

In the midst of COVID-19, the Boroughs of Avalon and Stone Harbor both are working together to release information as soon as it becomes available. Below please find the latest updates on Borough information including beach access, short- and long-term rentals, and beach tags. Be sure to check our website,, for the latest updates on town policies.

Beach-Tag Policies for Avalon & Stone Harbor

As of May 7, the Boroughs of Avalon and Stone Harbor announced that while the beach-tag booths will remain closed, the discounted preseason rate for seasonal beach tags has been extended to June 30. Beach tags will be required as of May 23 in Stone Harbor. Beach tags are not required in Avalon until July 3. In addition, mail-in orders for beach tags has been extended to May 31. Beach tags are reciprocal between Avalon and Stone Harbor. Tags can also be purchased through the mobile app Viply.

Purchase beach tags in Avalon with a check made out to Borough of Avalon and mailed to the address below. Be sure to include a stamped envelope. A receipt will be returned via mail. Users can provide the receipt to the beach-tag booth once it is opened or to any beach-tag checker to receive the seasonal tags. In addition to the order extending the discounted price, Avalon also waived the requirement of beach tags until users are able to enjoy the beach without restrictions.

Borough of Avalon
Attn: Tax Collector’s Office
3100 Dune Drive
Avalon, NJ 08202

Purchase beach tags in Stone Harbor by downloading and completing the Beach Tag Order Form linked below. Return to Borough Hall with payment. Tags will be available for pickup at Borough Hall during regular business hours. Be sure to check for updates on when and where tags will be available during purchase during COVID-19.

Beach Tag Order Form 

Beach Access for Avalon & Stone Harbor

As of May 22, the beaches in Avalon and Stone Harbor will be open for sitting as well as walking, running, fishing and surfing from dawn to dusk. Beaches will be patrolled to ensure social-distancing practices are followed and there are no large group gatherings.

At this time, all public spaces in both towns remain closed including playgrounds, tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, boardwalk, libraries and recreational centers and fields.

Borough Policy on Long- and Short-Term Rentals

On May 5, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a resolution that establishes an allowable schedule of seasonal and short-term rentals in the county. It was left to each community to adopt, reject or modify the suggested schedule. As of May 8, both Avalon and Stone Harbor announced approval of the resolution in the following terms:

Seasonal rentals may begin as early as May 11 for individuals who wish to spend the entire summer in one location, to vacation or work for the summer. Transient rentals of less than 30 days, and hotel/motel rentals of a maximum occupancy of 60%, to begin on June 1, and full hotel/motel occupancy allowable on June 22.

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