Beach Regulations | Seabrook Island, SC



The town's Beachfront Management Ordinance prohibits the following activities on all beaches within the town:

  • Walking on any portion of the primary frontal sand dune (other than designated SIPOA or private access points)
  • Driving or operating any motor vehicle on the beach, except as authorized by the town
  • Harming, harassing or disturbing any loggerhead turtle or endangered/threatened bird species, including their eggs and nests
  • Swimming in Captain Sam's Inlet during the period two hours before to two hours after low tide, or any time when dolphins are present in the inlet
  • Failing to restrain a pet when and where required by ordinance (see below for leash requirements)
  • Failing to pic up and dispose animal waste
  • Leaving trash, debris or refuse on the beach
  • Negligent operation of any vessel or watercraft, including while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Launching or retrieving a motorized vessel of any kind
  • Overnight storage of personal beach equipment and supplies
  • Building or maintaining a fire or open flame (unless approved by SIPOA above the high-water mark)
  • Using any grill, cooker or heating device heated by fire
  • Igniting or discharging fireworks
  • Using any type of glass container
  • Engaging in commercial activities (including solicitation)
  • Chumming on or within 600 feet of the beach

Leash Requirement for Pets:

Seabrook Island's beaches are pet friendly! To ensure that all users can have a safe and pleasant beach experience, pet owners must observe the following requirements:

Restricted Area (Red):

  • The restricted area begins at a line extending from Boardwalk #1 (Community Center Boardwalk) to the Atlantic Ocean and continues in a northeasterly direction to Captain Sam's Inlet.
  • Within the restricted area, no pets shall be allowed at any time, whether on or off leash.

Limited Restricted Area (Yellow):

  • The limited restriction area begins approximately 300 yards northwest of a line extending from Boardwalk #9 (Pelican Watch Boardwalk) to the Edisto River and continues in a northwesterly direction to Privateer Creek.
  • Within the limited restrictions area, pets must be on a leash at all times. 

General Beach Area (Green): In all other areas of the beach, the following seasonal rules shall apply:

  • Peak Season (April 1 - September 30): Pets must be on leash between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. At all other times, pets may be off a leash, provided they remain effectively controlled while on the beach
  • Off-Peak Season (October 1 - March 31): Pets may be off a leash at all times, provided they remain effectively controlled while on the beach

When a pet is required to be on a leash, it must be restrained using a physical restraint made of cord, rope, strap, chain or other material effective for restraining the type and size of animal to which it is attached. In addition, the physical restraint must be no more than sixteen (16) feet in length, secured to the animal's collar or harness, and continuously held by a competent person physically capable of restraining the animal. Animals under voice control, or under control of remotely operated devices (such as electronic collars), are considered to be "off leash."

When an animal is allowed to be off-leash, it must be effectively controlled by a competent person from: (a) entering any area on or adjacent to the beach in which a pet is prohibited; (b) destroying or damaging any property; (c) attacking or threatening to attack any person or any other animal or pet in any manner; or (d) being a nuisance to other beach goers.


The beaches of Seabrook Island are actively patrolled by code enforcement officers employed by the town, as well as designated personnel from the Seabrook Island Beach Patrol. To report a potential violation to Beach Patrol, please call (843) 718-6083. 

Individuals who are found guilty of violating any ordinance of the town may be subject to fines up to $1,087.50 per offense (including court fees) upon conviction. 

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