Myrtle Beach Laws

Plus Laws for the Grand Strand

Laws for Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Horry Co. You may also be interested in Myrtle Beach crime, and Parking and Beach Access


The city of Myrtle Beach has done away with the law requiring pet owners to have a licence for pets. This annual fee was considered unnecessary.

Pet owners must show proof of vaccination and are required to wear a collar with proper identification.

New city of Myrtle Beach laws released June, 2017

Note: Recent changes in handicap parking at MYR

Alcoholic Beverages - Drug Possession

It us unlawful doe anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. See this WMBF News story

On the beach: Open liquor or beer prohibited, including streets, sidewalks and beach area.

The Grand Strand has ZERO tolerance for drugs and related crimes.


Owners are responsible for removing pet waste from beaches and and other public property

County laws:
Dogs in public must be on a leash; Dogs are allowed on the beach only before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. every day through Labor Day,

Facebook: The city of Myrtle Beach has at least 10 pages - this is their most timely way to stay in touch with current happenings. This page is named Myrtle Beach City Government

Myrtle Beach City Laws:

Top 10 Things you may not know about parking in Myrtle Beach

Nearly 800! That's the number of cameras that overlook the streets, intersections, and parks in the city.

Dog and bicycles  - From May 1 through Labor Day, dogs are allowed on the beach only before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. On the Boardwalk from May 1 through Labor Day, dogs are allowed only in the mornings from 5:00 to 10:00 a.m. At all times when they are allowed in public, your dog must be on a leash of 7 feet or shorter, and you must pick up and properly dispose of droppings.

Horseback riding Horseback riding on the beach is allowed only with a properly approved special event permit.  The previous exemption for horses until the end of Feb. does not apply. Special Events Application or Facility Use Permit, Click on the links above to access the PDF forms.  Or contact Construction Services at 918-1111 for Special Events permits.  For Facility Use permits, call 918-1008 or 918-1808.

On the Boardwalk - dogs and bicycles May 1 through Labor Day, pets are allowed on the beach only before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.  At all times, pets muct be on a leash of 7 feet or shorter, and owners are properly dispose of any droppings.  Bicycles also must observe the “before 10:00 a.m. and after 5 p.m.” rule for the beach. However, on the Boardwalk, pets and bicycles are allowed only in the morning, from 5:00 to 10:00 a.m., during the day through Labor Day. Pets must be on a leash and their droppings must be picked up.

Scroll down to GOLF CARTS.

The City of Myrtle Beach has nearly 800 surveillance cameras at major intersections and locations around the city including parks and public facilities. Don't even THINK about breaking the law!

Myrtle Beach Business License law
Horry County Business License Laws

North Myrtle Beach Laws:
Here are photos I took in October, 2016. These are current Beach Laws. Beach Laws 1 Beach Laws 2
Dogs in public must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15 - Sept. 15.

Surfside Beach laws:
Dogs are not allowed on the beach between May 15 - Sept. 15.Riding horses on the beach is not permitted.

Georgetown County Beach Laws

No littering (depositing refuse on the beach or in the ocean is unlawful)
No alcoholic liquors 
No glass containers
No vehicles on the beach or dunes
No Obstruction of free access
No tents, cabanas or other items left overnight. They will be considered abandoned and may be removed.
No loitering on any beach access
No personal property allowed within 25 feet of any emergency beach access
Dogs must be leashed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dogs that are not leahed during other hours must be under voice control and owner must be able to demonstrate voice control with their dog to a law enforcement officer if asked.
No horses on the beach from March 1 to Oct. 31
No nudity
No sleeping on the beach from midnight to sunrise.
Fishing that creates unsafe conditions is unlawful.

Beach Tents

Tent laws - This does not apply to Georgetown Co. (See Georgetown Co. listings just above.)

Shading devices: circular umbrellas with a circular shade no greater than seven feet six inches (7’6”) in diameter, are not permitted on the beach (year-round). This includes, but is not limited to tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-umbrellas, 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 center pole grounding lines or ropes.

Horry County leaders changed the business license law. In an effort to cut out “problem businesses” in Horry County, change the way businesses apply for a business license. Here is the current information regarding business licenses in the city of Myrtle Beach.

Riding a bicycle safely and legally in Myrtle Beach

Download this pdf from the city of Myrtle Beach for those of you who ride a bicycle:

Riding horses on the beach

Horseback riding on the beach is not allowed Nov.1 until the end of Feb. each year, subject to the rules listed below. No permit needed.

1. Not more than 6 horses and riders allowed in a group at the same time

2. Riding across sand dunes in prohibited.

3. Access to the beach will be from Myrtle Beach State Park

4. There will be no parking of horse trailers on the public right-of-ways.

5. All riders are asked to clean up after their horses in all areas landward of the mean tide line.

There is a $25.00 per horse fee.

Phone: (843) 238-5325 for more information

Boating - Surfing

Horry County

It is illegal to use any equipment in a manner that would endanger bathers, swimmers, surfers, or others in the water. Sailboats, motorboats, and Jet skis (or other personal watercraft) must remain at least 400 feet from the shoreline and 500 feet away from any fishing pier, with the exception of entering or exiting the ocean. Sailboard, motor boats and jet skis may not be launched or retrieved within 50 yards of a lifeguard stand, unless otherwise designated.

North Myrtle Beach

Motorized watercraft may not be launched from the beach from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15-Sept. 15. Jet skis, catamarans, sailboats, or other watercraft may not operate within 100 yards of the shoreline or within 50 yards of any swimmer. Surfing is not allowed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15-Sept. 15, except in these designated areas: Cherry Grove Pier 23th Ave.S., 28th Ave. S., 38th Ave. S., and 6th Ave, N.

Surfside Beach

Access to the beach for motorized or non-motorized boats or jet skis is limited to the designated ramp at 4th Ave. S. No motorized vehicle ay be used to transport watercraft across the ramp.

Surfing is not allowed between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15-Sept. 15, except in an area beginning 270 feet south of 12th Ave. N. and extending north to 14th Ave. N., and in an area beginning 300 feet north of 13th Ave. S. and extending south to Garden City Beach. All surfers are required to use a surfing leash at all times

Myrtle Beach

All aquatic activity within 150 feet of a pier is illegal. Boats and Jet skis (or other personal watercraft) may not be operated within 100 yards of shore April 15-Sept. 15; however, Jet Skis may be launched and returned to the beach on a perpendicular manner. Boats and jet skies may not be launched from the beach or returned to the beach April 15-Sept. 15 in the area from 29th Ave. S. to 31st Ave. N., and from 69th Ave. N. to 77th Ave. N.

Surfing and kayaking are restricted to certwain areas April 5-Sept. 15. During those dates, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., surfing and kayaking sre allowed only in these areas: from 29th Ave. S. to the southern city limits at Springmaid Pier (Doubletree Resort), from 39th Ave. N. to 47th Ave. N., from 62nd Ave. N. to 68th Ave. N., and from 82nd Ave. N. to the northern city limits. The area from the south side of 8th Ave. N. to the north end of the piublic boardwalk may be used for surfing or kayaking Oct. 1-April 15. Kayaks launched and returned to the beach on a course perpendicular to he beach for use out of the surf zone, not subject to the previously mentioned time and area restrictions.


It is illegal to build a fire or use a propane-fired grill or any other cooker on the beach.

Driving on the Beach

It is unlawful for any person to to drive or operate any motor vehicle on the beach or within puclic marsh areas.


Discharging of fireworks is illegal within the municipalities along the Grand Strand. Establishments that sell fireworks within Horry County are required to post rules and regulations regarding fireworks in a conspicuous location.

Glass Containers

Glass containers are prohibited on the beach

Golf Carts

2018 City of North Myrtle Beach. Please click here for Beach Laws for the city of North Myrtle Beach

Golf Cart Laws Myrtle Beach bike paths are for bikes, not golf carts or other motorized vehicles. Violations may be in the $200.+ range. New information about golf cart crossing Bus. 17

Golf cart regulations have been a frequent topic in Myrtle Beach in recent days.  No, you can’t drive a golf cart on a multipurpose path or a sidewalk. Yes, you can drive your golf cart on certain public streets, subject to a long list of requirements and limitations.  But, the real question is, “How do I legally get from the Market Common area to the Myrtle Beach State Park?” 

And the answer is, “Not by driving on the multipurpose path or the East Coast Greenway, both of which are for human-powered activities.”

8/23/18 - Residents living in or near The Market Common District: For those who want to take a golf cart to the state-approved golf cart crossing on Kings Highway, here’s how.  You can legally access this crossing to the State Park by taking Mallard Lake Drive to the Barc Parc South entrance road, then following that road around to the shopping center.  The internal parking lot there exits at the signalized intersection on Kings Highway, where the state has installed the marked golf cart crossing into the State Park

The city doesn’t allow motorized vehicles on sidewalks or multipurpose paths.  (The state doesn’t either.)  You also can’t drive a golf cart on Kings Highway, US 501, Harrelson Boulevard or other primary roads or any roads where the speed limit is greater than 35 mph. View the detailed list of golf cart regulations here


Disposing of litter or solid waste is illegal and private property and in S.C. waters. Cigarette butts are considered litter. The court may impose fines, impose litter cleanup hours, or may send you to jail.

Parking Meter/Access Parking - For parking laws please Click here


MOPEDS If you are 15, you may apply for a moped operator's, or Class G, license by taking the vision and knowledge test at any SCDMV branch. South Carolina does not require a skills test for moped applicants. You must have a valid driver's license or moped license to drive a moped. Additionally, your moped must be registered. If you are 16 or older with a moped license, you may drive a moped alone at any time. Read more Moped laws here.

Seat belts must be worn at all times in a moving vehicle.
Open containers of beer, wine, or liquor are prohibited ib vehicles.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal; penalties include a fine of more than $200 and loss of driver's license in South Carolina and the driver's home state..

Vehicle headlights must be on your windshield wipers due to poor weather conditions. Motorcycles are required to use headlights all the time.

Children 17 or younger in a moving vehicle must be restrained at all times by means appropriate for child's age and seating location (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Right turns on red lights are allowed throughout the state, except where a sign denotes "No Right on Red." Stop and give way to traffic already in intersection.

Motorcycle operators and passengers under 21must use an approved helmet under South Carolina law

Cruising in Myrtle Beach. Cruising is regulated by the Myrtle Beach Police Department, between 3rd Ave. S. and 21st Ave. N. on Ocean Boulevard from 2 a.m.-6 a.m. March 1- October 1.

Sea Oats

It is illegal to cut, break, or in any way destroy sea oat plantings, beach grass, or sand fencing.

Sleeping on the beach
Sleeping on the beach or on any public access is not allowed between 9 p.m. and sunrise.

Soliciting on the Beach
Soliciting on the beach or any public propertyis illegal.


Swimming is not permitted beyond 50 ft. from the beach or over shoulder depth, unless otherwise stated by lifeguard. Jumping or diving from any pier is prohibited. Swimming within 50 yards of a pier is prohibited. Only canvas rafts can be used in the ocean, and rafts must have saety ropes. Swimwear is subject to the city odinances in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. It is illegal for anyone to wear a thong bathing suit.

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