Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

Ocean Grove’s Historic District is a unique and valued architectural asset and national treasure. The objectives of the HPC’s Ocean Grove Historic District – Architectural Design Guidelines for Residential Structures are to preserve the architectural historic integrity, craftsmanship, and heritage of the Nationally Designated Historic District and encourage architectural solutions which will recapture “The Spirit of Ocean Grove”. To see these guidelines, Click Here.

Preservation Committee

In the Ocean Grove National Historic District, featuring tightly-spaced 19th century wooden houses and hotels, derelict buildings are unsightly and hazardous. After a series of devastating fires, the Ocean Grove Home Owners Association formed the Preservation Committee to advocate for implementation of effective municipal tools to combat this problem.

Persistent participation at Township Committee meetings led to adoption of a Vacant and Abandoned Property Ordinance in 2014, and continued pressure on our elected officials resulted in passage of an important amendment in 2015. Click here for a link to the Neptune’s list of vacant and abandoned properties, as well as the full text of the Vacant and Abandoned Property Ordinance. But neither the ordinance nor the amendment will be effective without enforcement, and the Derelict Buildings Committee is committed to ensuring that appropriate action is taken against owners and lien-holders of derelict properties in Ocean Grove.

The next goal for the Preservation Committee is gaining Certified Local Government status for the Historic District. Click Here for more information on the CLG program.

For questions concerning the Preservation Committee, please reach out to Nancy Clarke at And if you suspect that a building in Ocean Grove is abandoned and vacant, please email Neptune Township’s Housing Code Enforcement department at, with a cc to Nancy Clarke so that she, or other members of the committee, can follow up as needed.