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Beach Regulations

Beach Prohibitions

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Departmentexternal link icon patrols the beach and enforces all beach regulations. Violators of beach regulations are subject to fines up to $500 per each offense.

Photo of the Beach on Hilton Head IslandThe following are PROHIBITED on all beaches:

  • Alcoholic liquor, beer, wine
  • Glass (bottles, containers, etc.)
  • Littering
  • Indecent exposure (nudity
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Unauthorized vehicles
  • Fires and Fireworks
  • Shark Fishing
  • Removal, harming , or harassment of any live beach fauna (sea turtles, sand dollars, conchs, starfish, etc.)
  • Removal, alteration, or damage to dunes, sea oats, or other dune flora
  • Photo of Beach Regualation SignOperation, launching, or landing of unauthorized motorized watercraft
  • Unauthorized commercial activity
  • Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Unauthorized wearing of lifeguard emblems, insignias, etc.
  • Solicitation or distribution of handouts
  • Kites not under manual control
  • Stunt kites 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. April 1 through September 30
  • Sand-sailing

The Town's Beach Ordinance now prohibits:

  • Shovels, except those that are made of wood and/or plastic and that are less than 30 inches in length and 6 inches in width
  • Digging holes in the sand that are more than 12 inches in depth
  • Leaving personal belongings on the beach overnight; if left, they are subject to confiscation and disposal

This ordinance also requires that all holes be filled so that the sand is returned to its original state before you leave the beach for the day.

For the added protection of sunbathers and swimmers, the following activities are prohibited in Designated Swimming Areas between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 1 through September 30:

  • Fishing or surfcasting
  • Surfboards, boogie boards, etc.
  • Frisbees or other team sports involving a ball
  • Games with metal components

Animals on the Beach

  • Photo of BeachAre not permitted - Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Must be on a leash:
    • At Fish Haul Beach Park at all times.
    • At All Other Beach Parks:
      • Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 1 through Thursday before Memorial Day
      • Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30
  • Must be on leash or under positive voice control at all other times.
  • Persons in control of animals on the beach are required to remove and properly dispose of the animal's excrement.
  • It is illegal to allow pets to chase or harass wildlife - Municipal Code Title 8 Chapter 1 (10).

For more information view the Municipal Code Title 8 Chapter 1 - "Beaches"

Please take care of our beaches
Place litter in the trash receptacles provided