Brigantine 4-Wheel Drive Beach Permits

Driving a 4×4, four-wheel drive is permitted on Brigantine Beach, as long as a permit is obtained. (See fee table below.)

Brigantine 4×4 permits valid from January thru December. Applicants must present valid driver’s license, auto registration and proof of insurance. PERMITS MUST BE PLACED ON BACK OF REAR VIEW MIRROR AND ARE NON TRANSFERABLE.

For more info: call (609) 266-2891

  • 4 Wheel drive permit $175.00
  • Senior 60+ 4×4 pass $85.00 Car must be registered to senior. Names must match insurance and registration.
  • Permanently Disabled Persons $85.00 MUST have REWARDS letter from Social Security. MUST show 100% disability.
  • Replace lost permit $30.00
No Business vehicles allowed unless you have proof of owning the business.

Please make sure all insurance and registration is current or you will not be issued a permit.

Brigantine City Council approved a discounted Veterans/active duty 4X4 permit for 2014 on a trial basis. Veterans and active duty personnel can purchase a 4X4 beach permit for the cost of a senior citizen permit. ($85)

To be eligible, applying veteran must provide state or Atlantic County Veterans ID card or a DD214 form along with other required paperwork for registering a vehicle in the Vet’s name. Permits can be purchased at the Brigantine Community Center on 42nd street.

A large majority of veterans in Brigantine already qualify for the over 60 senior discount, but newer veterans can now take advantage of the discount permit. Active duty personal must show their current military ID card. There is also plan in place for any active duty military personnel to get a free one day 4×4 permit in order to drive on beach. For details: contact Brigantine VFW, American Legion or Brigantine Elks.

Entrances To Beaches:

  • South End of Lagoon Blvd.
  • Harbor Beach Blvd. & Seaside Rd.
  • North End – 14th St. N.

4×4 beach permits can only be purchased at the Brigantine Community Center. They are NOT available online.

  • 265 42nd Street, Brigantine

You will need to present a valid driver’s license, current registration and current insurance card for the vehicle, along with filling out an application.

Municipal parking permits for the season will also be available for $25.

For more information call 609-264-7350, ext. 3008.

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted on the beach. Vehicles MUST be Four Wheel Drive.

All Wheel Drive Vehicles do not qualify for a permit. 



54 thoughts on “Brigantine 4-Wheel Drive Beach Permits”

    1. almost positive its free to disabled vets, patrol officer lets my friend on, must have all id’s on you!!

    1. Dan,
      We WISH we could buy a daily or weekly pass to take our 4×4 on Brigantine Beach. We would even pay a premium for the privilege. Unfortunately, Brigantine City Council is still in the digital dark ages. They think MySpace is cool…they still use beepers, and they prefer fax machines.

      1. Lol Thanks, that’s to bad it could be a good source of revenue that would benefit the residents, but what elected official cares about its constituents.

  1. Greg Bennett

    Steve Thanks for the reply in reference to the No fee for a disabled vet for your Beach Permit. When I come down to your facility to register my vehicle do I have to also bring along the items required that are needed when i drive on the beach such as the safety equipment etc. or can I apply for the permit without those items. Thanks Greg Bennett

  2. Hello,
    Is there anyway I can get a permit electonically, or via mail,or do I have to be there in person to purchase it?

    1. mr brigantine

      unfortunately the city of brigantine is not a big fan of using digital tools. you have to buy in person.

  3. It seems like the only permits available are for the the whole season!!! am i right or im just not looking in the right place?

    1. lady miss brigantine

      city of brigantine forces you to buy a season pass for 4×4’s. this is a slap in the face to visitors and those who do not live here full time

    1. Because the majority of AWD vehicles are to low to the ground and they do not have locking hubs and will get stuck. Many awd Lexus and Audi’s have been swept into the beach after being stuck in hi tide.

    1. brigantinenow

      Unfortunately no. The city offers only ONE full price for the season. Even if you only visit for a day, week or month. We hope the city will one day offer a variety of different 4×4 pricing & permits.

      1. no, they should be charging double for all permits, and there should NOT be a one-day permit cause youll get all these jokers with no respect for the island with their oil-leaking tanks on the beach hotrodding not realizing theyre an annoyance and a bane to the beach going community. beach communities are for walking and biking, not big gas-guzzling monstrosities. you want to showboat that crap go to a monster truck rally.

  4. go pound sand notashoobie , the only thing cloggin the beach is your way of wouldn’t know the first thing about 4 wheelin all you do is drive the beatin path, park and unfold a chair

  5. Does anybody know the rules about reserving parking spaces? Is it valid to leave chairs on the beach in the morning, go home and return two hours later when all spaces are taken and expect to keep that space?

  6. this is a vote for NO to day and/or weekend 4×4 permits. although i am now a homeowner and will be on the island more often than in the past, we always bought the permit and only used it a few times during the year since we live in Philly. day/weekend passes will certainly make the beach much more congested. Last thing we need is an idiot with a day pass driving recklessly on the beach.

  7. Yeah, we don’t need them on the beach. Send them and all their millions of $ that keep our tax ratables obscenely low somewhere else!

  8. can anyone list any if the rules for the 4×4 beach i have a pass for island beach state park and was just curious if they were any different

  9. I’m confused!! I see on here people are saying that disabled vets can get 4×4 truck permits for the beach for free, I was just informed today by city of Brigantine that I would have to pay the senior citizens discount (which is what the Beterans discount is). So since I’m a disabled veteran, do I need to pay anything to get my 4×4 truck beach permit or not???????

  10. When is opening day when everyone gets to drive on the beach for free and there is a parade? I went a couple years ago and it was a blast.

    1. Free to all Vets. Just got mine today. ID card, License, reg. and insurance is all you need. Can’t wait to get out there with my family. Looks like a great time.

  11. Damn people just pay the $ and enjoy the seems like everyone forgot it’s a privilege….look at all the places we aren’t allowed to go and now everyone wants something for nothing

  12. I quite enjoy the weekend with my kids for the past 5yrs….the price keeps out the ones that shouldn’t be there that are going to trash it up or ruin it for those of us who respect the privilege …it’s a courtesy to even let us out on their beach

    1. Addison Reader Jr

      I agree. Went there for the first time this weekend and will be signing up for my pass next year. Had a blast. Can’t wait to do it again. Went to wildwood and was embarrassed by all the trash people left on the beach. Keep it clean or stay home.

  13. Who determines the vehicles offroad capability? I ask because technically my soccer mom style SUV is AWD, but it has an AWD lock button that when pressed tells the transfer case to keep sending power to the front and rear constantly. The owners manual says it’s for slippery road conditions and off-road only. Do not use under normal circumstances, or it could cause damage to the drivetrain. Basically the same warnings as Part-time 4WD. It actually list sand as an acceptable condition.

    1. Todd Lippincott

      For the technically challenged, locking in all wheel drive IS 4 wheel drive and should not be discriminated against.

  14. Thomas A Fodaro Jr

    Could all info be mailed in for permits ahead of time. My arrival is on a sat and id miss out on 2 days of beach access.

  15. how about all you 4wd or awd vehicle holders try using your all wheel drive FEET to WALK to the beach instead of zooming down the beach with your exhaust stinking up the place. god forbid you have to walk a block and cant bring your entire home with you at the water’s edge

  16. Glad to be outta there

    Before I sold my house and left Brigantine, I couldn’t even drive to and park on the beach at the south end because of three-deep SUV parking. The loud *music* was also a hardship to endure. Has anyone thought of stratifying the price/availability of 4WD passes for off-island people? Aside from the discounts already in place, which I support, shouldn’t the residents who pay taxes and clean up after visitors get a break? Lower the price for residents/homeowners and/or raise the price for all others — even Atlantic County neighbors. It just makes sense.

  17. I’m an out of stater. Keep it a yearly permit and to anyone considering beach driving, make sure you know what your doing. I’ve personally seen people who assume 4wd will get them out of anything. Wrong. Most 4wd systems are open differential meaning power only going to one wheel on each axle when engaged. Even full lockers are no guarantee to stay out of trouble.
    Also if our on beach practice “plus 1.”
    Basically pack out all your garbage PLUS 1 extra piece of refuse you find(or as much as you want). If all willingly pitch in it creates a better environment for all(and reduces chance of them banning vehicles completely)

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