Rules & Safety

Ocean City Town Ordinances

 Police Department

  • You CAN trust the police. They are public servants and their job is to maintain law and order and to assist citizens and visitors in any difficulty. DO NOT HESITATE to ask them for help.
  • In the event of an emergency Dial 911
  • Non-Emergency number 410-723-6610
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @ocpdmdinfo

The Beach

  • Beach Patrol Safety
  • Lifeguards are on duty every day from 10am-5:30pm. Never enter the ocean when lifeguards are not on duty (after 5:30pm)
  • Ball throwing, frisbees and other beach sports restricted to beach area closest to boardwalk
  • Use sunscreen to prevent serious sunburn
  • The beach closes at 12:00am – do not go on the beach after this time
  • No sleeping on the beach from 10pm until 6am
  • Surf fishing is permitted but you must have a saltwater fishing license
  • No nude/topless sunbathing
  • No drinking alcohol and no smoking/vaping on beach
  • Bonfires allowed by permit only

 Pedestrian Safety

  • WALK SMART! Cross the street only at marked crosswalks, preferably those with pedestrian signal lights. When crossing Coastal Highway, push the button and wait on the sidewalk for the white flashing signal indicating you may cross.
  • Maryland law: pedestrians must use the sidewalk where available, rather than walking on the street.

Bicycles, Electric Bikes, Roller Blades, Skateboards

  • BIKE SMART! Stop at all red lights and stop signs and ride in the same direction of traffic.
  • Your bike must have lights after dark: white in front; red in back
  • There are time restrictions on the Boardwalk for bicycles, electric bikes, roller blades, and skateboards

Noise Regulations

  • No disruptive noises (includes yelling and loud music) may be made between 12am and 7am

Hot Weather Safety

  • Drink plenty of fluids, including electrolyte or sports drinks
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen
  • Try to avoid being outside for long periods of time, especially between 10am-2pm when the sun is the strongest
  • Pace yourself, limit activity and get in a cool or shaded location
  • Know the symptoms of heat disorders and overexposure to the sun, and be ready to give first aid treatment


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