Beach Rules and Regulations
Not permitted on the beach between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day.
Swimmers are not allowed more than 50-yards from shore or less depending on conditions.
Swimmers are not allowed to be more than chest deep or less depending on conditions.
Swimmers must obey all lifeguard directions at all times.
Are allowed if they are fabric covered, have a 360-degree rope with a 10 percent slack, or must be a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device.
This section does not apply to surfboards, paddleboards and skimboards.
For more information on golf cart permits log on to http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/default.aspx?n=golf_carts.
No surfing allowed within 75-yards of any pier.
All surfers must wear a surfing leash with a maximum length of 7-feet at all times.
Any shading devices that impede the lifeguard's view/area of responsibility, may be asked to move.
No shading device may be placed within 10-feet of any established umbrella line by the beach franchise holders and must be in line with or landward of the established umbrella line.
Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a circular shade no greater than seven feet six inches (7’6”) in diameter and small pop-up/blow-up cabanas for infants and very small children, are not permitted on the beach (year-round). This includes, but is not limited to, tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas, or similar devices. An umbrella is defined as a collapsible circular shade consisting of a natural or synthetic fabric shade stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole without grounding lines or ropes.
Shading devices of any kind cannot be tied, bound, or connected in any manner.
All shading devices must be secured.
No items (shading devices, floats, chairs, etc.) can be left on the beach between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. Items will be removed.
Motorboats may not be operated, except jet skis or similar vessel, in the ocean within 400-yards of shore.
Jet skis may not be operated in the ocean within 100-yards of shore from May 1 through Labor Day. However, it is ok to launch and return jet skis from the beach.
Sailboats, kite surfing, and like devices may not be operated in the ocean within 100-yards of shore from May 1 through Labor Day. However, it is ok to launch and return such devices from the beach.
Weddings with 101 or more chairs.
Weddings utilizing a tent.
Weddings that do not meet the standards listed below.
No activities are allowed on the beach dunes.
No activities are allowed to block an emergency beach access.
Wedding must be conducted behind any established lifeguard umbrella lines.
Parking is allowed only in appropriate parking areas.
Weddings without chairs or other props, such as arbors, flower stands, arches, platforms, PA systems, etc. are allowed at any other time.
Weddings with chairs or other props, such as arbors, flower stands, arches, platforms, PA systems, etc., are allowed after 5:00 p.m. Setup is not allowed before 5:00 p.m.
Amplified sound is restricted to a portable system for use in the wedding ceremony.
All other federal, state, and local laws and ordinances must be adhered to.
A Horry County Business License is required for anyone who performs a service within the unincorporated areas of Horry County.
It is recommended that you not throw rice on the beach. There is also a county ordinance about feeding wild fowl, so throwing bird seed is also prohibited.
The releasing of Chinese lanterns is prohibited.
If you have additional questions, please contact Horry County Police Beach Patrol at (843) 915-7953.
Marriage Licenses – A South Carolina marriage license can be obtained from Horry County Probate Court. They can be reached at (843) 915-5370 or visit them at http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/ProbateCourt.aspx.