Folly Beach Rules

The City of Folly Beach welcomes you to our beautiful community. We strive to provide a safe, clean, family friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following rules, regulations and helpful reminders.

Parking Regulations

● No parking on roadway. All 4 tires must be off the road. If white lines are painted, tires must be outside the white line.
● No parking against traffic. All vehicles must park with the flow of traffic.
● No parking in a crosswalk.
● No parking within 20 feet of an intersection.
● No parking on sidewalks.
● No blocking public or private driveways.
● No parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
● No stopping, standing, or parking in a roadway.
● No diagonal parking unless posted. All parking must be parallel to the roadway.
● No parking on dunes or revetments.
● No parking in ADA accessible parking spaces unless visible ADA license tag or visible permit on vehicle.
● No parking on yellow curbs or within areas marked by yellow or red street lines.
● No parking behind yellow lines.

Dog Regulations

 Dogs must be leashed at all times.
● Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10am - 6pm from May 1 - September 30.
 Dogs are not allowed at the end of East Ashley Avenue (lighthouse/old coast guard station). It is a protected bird sanctuary.
 Owners are responsible for cleaning up and properly disposing of dog waste.

Beach Regulations

● No littering. If you are going to the beach, please bring garbage bags and take trash to containers found at the beach access. Thank you for helping us keep our beach clean so you and others can enjoy it now and in years to come. 
● Personal items left on the beach after sunset, such as tents, canopies, coolers, volleyball nets, and umbrellas, shall be considered abandoned and the City has the right to take possession and dispose of said items. Please make sure you have all of your personal property when you leave the beach. 
● Sand dunes are protected and fragile. Beach Sea Oats and grass help protect the dunes. Stay off the dunes and use public walkovers, located at every block, to access the beach.
● Sea turtles are an endangered species. Do not interfere with them in any way. No lights are allowed that illuminate the front beach between 10 pm and dawn from May 1st to October 31st. Hatchling turtles are disorientated by artificial light. Fill holes dug in sand before you leave the beach. If you see any adult sea turtles or hatchings call 843-588-2433 to report your sighting.
● Digging holes deeper than 1ft on the beach is illegal. All holes must be filled before you leave the beach and no metal shovels are allowed.
● Sand dollars and starfish are living creatures. Please do not remove them from their homes.
● Strong rip currents are common so swim with caution. Charleston County Parks and Recreation provides lifeguards at the West End County Park and from 2nd Street East to 3rd Street West beachfront from May through Labor Day.
● Surfing without a lease is prohibited. From May 15 - Sept. 15, surfing is prohibited between 10 am to 6 pm from 2nd Street East to 3rd Street West, known as the swimming zone. From September 16th to May 14th, surfing is allowed in any area except surfing is always prohibited 200′ from the fishing pier.
● No possession or consumption of alcohol is allowed on the beach.
● No smoking is allowed on the beach or the beach access. 
● No glass is allowed on the beach.
● No plastic, balloons, or styrofoam is allowed on the beach.
● No open fires or fireworks are allowed at any time. 
● No camping on the beach or in a vehicle.

Golf Cart Regulations

● Golf carts are are not allowed on Center Street. Folly Road, or on the beach.
● Golf carts cannot be driven at night.
● Driver of golf cart must be at least 16 years old and have a valid state driver’s license.
● Golf carts must be registered and display proper Folly Beach decal.

For additional information on the City of Folly Beach ordinances, visit or call Public Safety 843-588-2433.