Myrtle Beach SC

Horry County Beach Rules & Regulations


  • Alcohol is prohibited on the beach and beach accesses.
  • Fires, including grills and the releasing of Chinese lanterns, are prohibited on the beach and beach accesses.
  • No vehicles are allowed on the beach.
  • No glass allowed on the beach.
  • No sleeping on the beach or beach accesses from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • No diving or jumping from piers.
  • Destruction of sea oats, beach grass/vegetation, and sand fencing is unlawful.
  • No littering on the beach or the ocean.
  • Nudity is prohibited including thong bathing suits.
  • Solicitation and commercial activities are prohibited.


  • No animals are permitted on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from May 1 through Labor Day.
  • Must be on a hand held leash no longer than 7-feet.
  • Prohibited animals include reptiles and exotic animals.


  • Shark fishing from any pier, the beach and shore is prohibited.
  • At the time of recognition, fishermen must release sharks and any other dangerous marine animals.
  • Anyone surf fishing must obtain a valid South Carolina issued Surf Fishing License in accordance with State Law.


  • Horses are only allowed on the beach from November 1 through February 28 in the designated equestrian zone, which is the central portion of the beach and is south of Myrtle Beach and north of Surfside Beach.
  • Horse owners must pick up after their animals.


  • 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.



  • Surfing is allowed anywhere along our beaches from sunrise to sunset.
  • 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 no larger than 4’ x 3’ x 3’ 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.


  • Sailboats, boats, jet skis, or other watercraft cannot be left on the beach anytime after sunset or before sunrise or left unattended.
  • 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 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.
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