Beach Laws

Shading Devices on the Beach

  • Placement of shading devices on the beach from May 15 through September 15:
    • Other than umbrellas with a center pole no greater than 7 feet, 6 inches in height and with a circular shade no greater than 9 feet in diameter, and shading devices no larger than 36 inches high by 36 inches wide and 36 inches deep used to provide shade to persons 18 months of age or younger, all shading devices are prohibited from being placed on the beach from May 15 through September 15, including but not limited to:
      • Any material mounted on supports
      • Cabanas
      • Pavilions
      • Sports-brellas or devices similar to sports-brellas
      • Tarps
      • Tents
    • An umbrella is defined as a collapsible circular shade consisting of a natural or synthetic fabric stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a center pole without grounding lines or ropes

Other Rules & Regulations

  • If you dig a hole on the beach, you must fill it in before leaving the beach.
  • It is illegal for anyone under age 17 to possess a laser pointer, except within the permanent residence of that minor or under direct supervision of parent, guardian or teacher, who also take full responsibility for its possession and use under the law, and who also bear the full consequences of its misuse. For more information view the Laser Pointer Ordinance (PDF)
  • Unlawful to Litter (fines up to $1000)
  • Alcohol, glass, fireworks prohibited
  • No swimming beyond 50 yards or shoulder height
  • No parking beyond the posted public beach access rule sign
  • All watercraft must operate 100 yards or more off shore
  • Illegal to pick or damage sea oats and sand dunes fencing

Dog Owners

  • May 15 through September 15: No dogs allowed on the beach 9 am to 5 pm. Surf only in designated areas 9 am to 4 pm
  • Leash law is in effect at all times; maximum leash length is 7 feet
  • Pet owners must pick up and properly dispose of pet waste

Golf Cart Laws

Golf Cart Use Map (PDF)

  • Golf Carts must display SC permit sticker. Available at any SC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or through the SC DMV website
  • Must be driven by a licensed driver
  • Allowed on secondary roadways only
  • May cross primary roads (Ocean Boulevard, 27th S, Highway 17 or Sea Mountain Highway)
  • Must obey all State traffic laws
  • Seating capacity cannot be exceeded
  • Daylight operation only

Beach Wedding Regulations