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Myrtle Beach Rules & Regulations

Our lifeguards are required to ensure that all beachgoers are following the Myrtle Beach and Horry County rules and regulations. If you have any questions about the following or any other rules or regulations mentioned by our lifeguards, please contact the city or county ordinance offices.


  • Swimming is prohibited farther than fifty yards from the water’s edge or over shoulder depth.
  • Jumping or diving from piers is not permitted.
  • Swimming within 50 yards of a pier is prohibited.
  • Only canvas rafts equipped with safety ropes may be used in the ocean.
  • Thong bathing suits are prohibited on every beach.

Tents / Umbrellas

  • Tents are banned on the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Round umbrellas with a diameter of 7 feet, 6 inches or less are permitted.


  • Any animal on the beach must be on a hand held leash not to exceed six feet in length and under control of the person who has custody of the animal.
  • Animals are not permitted on the beach from 9 AM – 5 PM from May 15 – September 15.
  • Dogs are allowed on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk from 5 – 10 AM from May 1 through Labor Day.
  • Owners are responsible for the removal of pet waste on beaches and other public property.


  • Possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on the beach.
  • Glass containers/bottles are not allowed on the beach. Open containers of beer, wine, or liquor are prohibited in vehicles or any public place including streets, sidewalks, and beach areas.

Swim Advisories

  • During swim advisories, walking on the beach, wading in the ocean, shell collecting and sun bathing are all still allowed.
  • Swim advisories do not close the beach.
  • These signs advise against swimming because of the potential for elevated bacteria levels, especially after heavy rainfalls.
  • Swimming is not advised within 200 feet of the swashes.

Other Beach Activity

  • It is illegal to cut, break, or otherwise destroy sea oat plants, beach grass, or sand fencing.
  • Sleeping on the beach or at a beach access is not allowed between 9 PM and sunrise.
  • Soliciting on the beach or other public property is illegal.
  • It is illegal to build a fire or use a propane-fired grill or other cooker on the beach.
  • Discharging fireworks is illegal within the city limits of all Grand Strand municipalities.
  • Disposing of litter or solid waste is illegal on public and private property. For the record, cigarette butts are considered litter. The court may impose fines, litter cleanup hours, and jail time.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on the beach.
  • It is unlawful to drive or operate a motor vehicle on the beach or in public marsh areas.