Beach Rules and Regulations

Beach Access Parking

The City of Folly Beach welcomes you to our beautiful community. We hope your visit will be fun for you and your family and you will visit again. There is one thing you can do which will help make your visit more enjoyable and prevent you or members of your family from being ticketed by the Department of Public Safety. READ THE FOLLOWING RULES AND REGULATIONS as they are strictly enforced. Thank you.


1. No parking on pavement. All 4 tires must be off the road.
2. No parking on sidewalks.
3. No parking in front of public or private driveways.
4. No parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
5. No Parking in a Crosswalk.
6. No stopping, standing, or Parking in a roadway.
7. No diagonal parking unless posted. All parking is parallel.
8. No parking on Dunes or Revetments.
9. No parking the wrong way. All vehicles must park with the flow of traffic.
10. No parking in Handicapped spaces unless visible handicapped license tag or visible permit on vehicle.
11. No parking within 20 feet of an intersection.

DOGS are not allowed on the beach from 10 am to 6 pm from May 1st to Sept. 30th. At all other times they must be leashed and under control. Pick up your dogs waste and remove from the beach.


NO GLASS is allowed on the beach.

NO OPEN FIRES or FIREWORKS are allowed at any time.

NO LITTERING. IF YOU ARE GOING TO THE BEACH, PLEASE BRING GARBAGE BAGS AND TAKE TRASH TO CONTAINERS FOUND AT THE EACH BEACH ACCESS. Have BEACH PRIDE and help us keep our beaches clean so you and others can enjoy it now and in years to come.

SURFING without a leash is prohibited. From May 15th to Sept. 15th surfing is prohibited from 10 am to 6 pm from 2nd Street East to 3rd Street West, known as the swimming zone. From September 16th to May 14th, surfing is allowed in any area except surfing is always prohibited 200′ from the fishing pier.

GOLF CARTS must display valid SC Department of Motor Vehicles and City of Folly Beach stickers. They can be driven across, but not on, Center St. or Folly Rd. A golf cart cannot be driven more than four miles from the address on the SCDMV registration. The driver of a golf cart must be at least 16 years old and be in possession of a driver’s license, the SCDMV registration certificate, and proof of liability insurance. Golf carts cannot be driven from a half hour after sunset until a half hour before sunrise. Golf carts cannot be driven in the rain or at any other time that visibility is limited. All drivers of golf carts are required to read the Folly Beach laws related to golf carts. The golf cart laws can be found in Chapter 73 of the City of Folly Beach Ordinances, which are on this Website. Please call 843-588-2433 for information regarding Folly Beach golf cart permits.

PARTY PERMITSare required for all gatherings of 25 persons or more; for gatherings of 75 persons or more require a party permit and city council approval. Permit applications are available at the Public Safety Department in City Hall and on the city’s web site,

SAND DUNES are protected and fragile. Beach Sea Oats and grass help protect the dunes. Stay off the dunes and use public walkovers, located at every block, to access the beach.

PERSONAL ITEMS LEFT ON THE BEACH after sunset, such as tents, canopies, coolers, volley ball nets, and umbrellas, shall be considered abandoned and the City has the right to take possession and dispose of said items. Please make sure you have all your personal property when you leave the beach.

WATERCRAFT can be stowed on the beachfront for 12 hours without a permit. They must not be pulled into the dunes or sand fences. All watercraft must be removed from the beach if high winds or tides are expected. Permits to stow watercraft can be obtained at Public Safety. 588-2433

SEA TURTLES are an endangered species. Do not interfere with them in any way. No lights are allowed that illuminate the front beach between 10 pm and dawn from May 1st to October 31st. Hatchling turtles are disorientated by artificial light. Fill holes dug in sand before you leave the beach. If you see any adult sea turtles or hatchings call 588-2433 to report your sighting.

HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE is collected on Monday and Thursday. YARD TRASH on Tuesday and Thursday, and METAL on Friday. For collection of large items or quantities call Public Works at 588-2447.

STRONG RIP CURENTS are common so swim with caution . Charleston County Park provides lifeguards at the West End County Park and from 2nd Street East to 3rd Street West beachfront from May through Labor Day.

All City Ordinances can be found on:
City of Folly Beach Ordinances Enforced with Fines not to exceed $500.00

Have fun and let us know if there is anything we can do better and which will make your visit to Folly more enjoyable. We appreciate your input.