As a barrier island, the Town of Seabrook Island boasts more than 3.5 miles of pristine, sandy beaches. Popular with residents and visitors alike, our beaches are of critical importance to local wildlife. Portions of the beach have been designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a critical habitat for the federally threatened piping plover and loggerhead sea turtle.
In order to protect public safety and preserve the beach's natural beauty, the Town Council has adopted a comprehensive list of beach rules. These rules are summarized below.
Your continued observance of the town's beach rules will ensure that the beaches of Seabrook Island remain safe, secure and pristine for all residents, visitors, pets and wildlife to enjoy!
General Beach Rules & Restrictions
The town’s Beachfront Management Ordinance prohibits the following activities on all beaches within the town:
Leash Requirements for Pets
PLEASE NOTE: The town's new "Beach Rules for Pets" ordinance went into effect on October 24, 2019.
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):
Limited Restriction Area (Yellow):
General Beach Area (Green): In all other areas of the beach, the following seasonal rules shall apply:
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 by designated personnel from the Seabrook Island Beach Patrol.
To report a possible violation:
Between April 1st & September 30th:
All Other Times:
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.