Myrtle Beach Laws Plus Laws for the Grand Strand

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City of Myrtle Beach laws

Handicap parking at MYR

Alcoholic Beverages - Drug Possession

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

On the beach: Open liquor and beer are rohibited, including streets, sidewalk and beach area.

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

Animals ( see more below)

Owners are required to remove pet waste from the beach and public property.

County laws:
Dogs in public must be on a leash. Dogs are allowed on the beach before 10 A.M. and after 5 P.M. every daythrough Labor Day

Facebook: The city of Myrtle Beach has several Facebook pages, this is the best wat to stay in touch with current happenings.This page is named Myrtle Beach City Government

Important UPDATE: Aug, 25, 2019 - Our summer season is ends. Remember that beach rules about dogs and tents change after Labor Day. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 you can have your dog on the beah at any time, but it must be on a leash. You must pick up your dog's droppings and properly dispose of them. .  (Beginning May 1, dogs again will be restricted to before10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.)  Also starting Tuesday, September 3, you may use tents and canopies up to 12 feet square, in addition to umbrellas. See THIS LINK  for more information. Th city has a "unbrellas only" ” policy from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Umbrellas must be in line or behind the line of lifeguard umbrellas.  When allowed, tents and canopies also must be behind the umbrella line.

Myrtle Beach City Laws:

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

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

Dog and bicycles  - In the city of Myrtle Beach: From May 1 until Labor Day, dogs are allowed on the beach from 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. On the Boardwalk, 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. Also, you must pick up and properly dispose of droppings.

Horseback riding Horseback riding on the beach is approved only with a special event permit.  The previous exemption for horses until the end of February does not apply. Special Events Application or Facility Use Permit, click on the links above for 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 must be on a leash of 7 feet or shorter, and owners are properly dispose of any droppings.  Bicycles aalso 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. through Labor Day, pets must be on a leash and their droppings picked up.

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The city of Myrtle Beach has nearly 800 surveillance cameras at major intersections and locations around the city including parking lots nd other places. 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. .

GeorgetownCounty Beach Laws

No littering(depositing refuse on the beach or in the ocean is illegal
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 deet of any emergency beach access
Dogs must be leashed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dogs not leased during other hours must be under voice control and owner must be able to demonstrate voice control of their dog to a law enforcement officer if asked.
No horses on the beach.
No nudity
No sleeping on the beach
Fishing that creates an unsafe condition and is against the law.

Beach Tents

Tent laws - This does not apply to Gorgetown 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, sport umbrellas or similar devices.

An umbrella is defined as a collapsible circular shade consisting of natural or synthetic fabric shade stretched over hinged ribs, radiating from a center pole, grinding 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 is 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 per horse fee. Phone: (843) 238-5325for more information.

Boating - Surfing

Horry County

It is illegal to do anthinng to 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 life guard stand unless otherwise designated.

North Myrtle Beach

Motorized watercraft may not be launched from the beach between 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 must be used tto 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 surgers 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 iin rhw area from 29th Ave S. to 31st Ave. N., and from 69th Ave. N. to 77th Ave. N.

Surfing and kayaking are restricted to certain areas April 5-Sept. 15. During those dates, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., surfing and kayaking are 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 public 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 propane-fired grill or any other cooker on the beach.

Driving on the Beach

It is unlawful for any person 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 ot 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 entire 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 liter or solid waste is illegal and private property and in S.C. waters. Cigarette butts are considered litter. The Court may impost fines, assign you to litter cleanup hours, or may just 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 21 must wear 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 oats, 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 property is 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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