Myrtle Beach Laws
plus laws for the Grand Strand

Laws for Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand
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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 still show proof of vaccination and are required to wear a collar with proper identification.

New city of Myrtle Beach laws released June, 2017

Alcoholic Beverages - Drug Possession

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

Open contents of liquor or beer are prohibited at any publlic place, including streets, sidewalks and beach area.

The Grand Strand has zero tolerance for drug possession and related crimes.


Owners are responsible for removing pet waste from beaches 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 pm every day through Labor Day

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Myrtle Beach City Laws:

Nearly 800! That's the number of cameras that watch over streets, intersections and parks.

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 dogs are allowed in public, they must be on a leash of 7 feet or shorter, and you must pick up and properly dispose the 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 Feb. no longert applies.

On the Boardwalk - dogs and bicycles Ma 1 through Labor day, pets are allowed on the beach only before10:00 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 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 mornings from 5:00 to 10:00 a.m., during the May through Labor Day window. Pets must be leashed and droppings promptly removed. Golf Cart Laws Myrtle Beach bike paths are for bikes, not golf cars or other motorized vehicles. Violations may be in the $200.+ range. New information about golfcarts crossing Bus. 17 in order to enter the state park. 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 eventhink of 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. Dpgs 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 Lawsws

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 beach accesses
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 leashed during other hours must be under voice control and owners must be able to demonstrate voice control to a law enforcement officer if asked.
No horses on the beach from March 1 to October 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 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-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 center pole without grounding lines or ropes.

Horry County leaders changed 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 most current information for 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 in a group at one time.

2. Riding across ssand 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. Alll 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 from any fishing pier, with the exception of entering or exiting the ocean. Sailboard, motor boats and jet skis may not be laumched 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 may be used to transport watercraft across the ramp and onto the beach. Watercraft must remain a minimum of 50 yards off-shore.

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 tp sear 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 skis 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, 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 the 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 ti post rules and regulations regarding fireworks in a conspicuous location.

Glass Containers

Glass containers are prohibited on the beach.

Golf Carts

During daylight hours only, a permitted golf cart may be operated within four miles of the address on the registration certificate and only on a secondary highway or street for which the posted speed limit is thirty-five miles an hour or less. A person operating a permitted golf cart must be at least sixteen years of age and hold a valid driver’s license. The operator of a permitted golf cart being operated on a highway or street must have in his possession:(1)  the registration certificate issued by the department; (2)  proof of liability insurance for the golf cart; and (3)  his driver’s license. Here is more information for operating a golf cart in the city of Myrtle Beach. New: Golf carts can now cross Hwy. Business 17 at the light on Bus. 17 and Farrow Parkway in order to get to the Myrtle Beach State Park. Once you cross, you will see a path to cnter the State Park. It ends at the entrance gates/


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, litter cleanup hours, and jail time.

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


MOPEDS If you are 14, you may apply for a moped license by taking the vision and knowledge test at any SCDMV branch. South Carolina does not require a skills test for moped applicants. If you are at least 15 and have a driver's license, you do not have to have a moped license to operate a moped. You must present the correct documents that prove your identity to receive a moped license. Toyu can find a list of complete accepted documents. Read more about it here.

Seat belts must be worn at all times in a moving vehicle.
Open containers of beer, wine, or liquor are prohgibited in 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 drver's home state.

Vehicle headlights must be on your windshield wipers due to rain or poor road 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 destrot sea out plants, beach grass, or sand fencing.

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

Soliciting on the Beach
Soliciting on the beach or any other public property is illegal.


Swimming is not permitted beyond 50 yards from the beach or over shoulder depth, unless otherwise stated by lifeguard. Jumping or diving from the piers is prohibited. Swimming within 50 yards of a pier is prohibited. Only canvas rafts can be used in the ocean, and rafts must have safety 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.

Thanks for this information: Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. and the City of Myrtle Beach.

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