FIRES ON THE BEACH
Sec. 12-73. - Fires prohibited on the beach.
It shall be unlawful for any person to start, ignite, or maintain an open wood camp fire on any public beach, public beach access, street end adjacent to the beach, or any town-owned land immediately adjacent to the beach at any time, unless the fire is part of a town-sponsored event or by special permit for a sanctioned special event approved in advance by the administrator. Exception: Propane fired grills or other cookers heated by fire may be used for the purpose of food preparation
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Town Council adopted Ordinance #17-0847 (click to view ordinance) to add a section to Chapter 17 regarding the sale of personal property at residences (yard sales). Yard sale restrictions are:
- No-fee permit is required; visit the Planning Building & Zoning Department at 825 Pine Drive, or call 843.913.6341 to find out how to obtain a permit online
- Yard sales are sales of personal property in a residentially zoned area
- Each resident is limited to three (3) yard sales per year
- Merchandise and/or shelving, tables, etc. must be removed from the yard by sundown each day
- Only one motor vehicle or boat/trailer per residence may be displayed for sale in a yard
For more information, please contact Planning, Building and Zoning at 843.913.6341.
EMERGENCY LANE ON BEACH
**Note** The dune line is defined as that area just east of any walkway, step or crossover. The dune line is not the ‘base of the dunes’ as they now exist. Placement of beach paraphernalia should be done in such a manner that the emergency lane should be a straight 8-foot path beginning at 17th Avenue North and extending to Melody Lane.
Ordinance 17-0842. Section 12-67 (F) Emergency Lane. It shall be unlawful to place any beach paraphernalia within eight (8) feet of the dune line. Said area shall remain open and free of any obstructions to provide a clear travel way for emergency vehicles, personnel and/or other emergency equipment to access the surf or other areas of the beach in the event of an emergency. Emergency access lanes perpendicular to the dune line shall remain open and unobstructed at all times. In the event of an emergency, the police chief or his designee shall direct that additional temporary emergency access lanes be created until no longer needed. (More details in Ordinance 17-0842.)
BEACH SHADING DEVICES ALLOWED
Sec. 12-67. - Obstructions on the beach.
Hours. Except for Town of Surfside Beach equipment, it shall be unlawful, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., for any person to leave upon, put, place or set any equipment, but not limited to, chairs, umbrellas, windbreakers, surfboards, air floats, life rafts, tents, cabanas, pavilions, volleyball nets, etc., or to build or erect any fence or other obstruction on the public beach, so as to obstruct, impede or retard the free and unconstrained use and occupancy of the public beach by the public or so as to interfere or obstruct any maintenance operation of the beach, and same shall be disposed of pursuant to subsection (g) hereof.
Paraphernalia. Beach umbrellas and other beach paraphernalia shall not be placed in front of the lifeguard stands and shall be placed in a line generally parallel with the ocean strand on either side the lifeguard stands, and shall not be left unattended.
Any canopy, tent, or other shading device shall not exceed a maximum size of ten feet by ten feet (10' x 10').
Umbrellas or other shading devices, including baby tents, shall be placed in a location behind the lifeguard stand in such a manner that the lifeguard's view of the beach shall not be obstructed. As lifeguards move their stands due to the rising tide, all shading devices shall be moved to the west to maintain the lifeguard's line of site. An umbrellas is defined as a shading device with a center pole no greater than seven (7) feet six (6) inches in height and with a circular shade no greater than nine (9) feet in diameter. An umbrella is defined as a collapsible circular shade consisting of a natural or synthetic fabric shade stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole without grounding lines or ropes. A ‘baby tent’ is defined as a shading device no larger than thirty-one (31) inches in height by thirty-one and one-half (31.5) inches in width and thirty-eight (38) inches in depth.
Tents, canopies, or other shading devices other than an umbrella or baby tent as defined above, shall be no larger than 10’ x 10’ and shall be allowed when placed contiguous to the town’s beach emergency lane, so long as there is at least ten (10) feet between each tent, and tents shall have straight tie-downs, and there shall be no obstructions, including beach paraphernalia, between the tents. A single row of tents from Melody Lane to 17th Avenue North shall be allowed. Emergency access locations require additional clearance guidelines as follow to accommodate emergency apparatus.
*Emergency Apparatus Access North Side Edge South Side Edge
Melody Lane 25 feet N/A (in County)
4th Avenue South 25 feet 25 feet
Pier 150 feet 100 feet
7th Avenue North 25 feet 25 feet
13th Avenue North 25 feet 25 feet
17th Avenue South N/A (in County) 25 feet
Lifeguard line of sight. It shall be unlawful to place any obstruction on the beach in such a position that it will interfere with the ground-level vision of a lifeguard looking toward the water and the lifeguard stands on either side of him. As lifeguards move their stands due to the rising tide, all shading devices shall be moved to the west to maintain the lifeguard's line of site.
Emergency lane. It shall be unlawful to place any beach paraphernalia within eight (8) feet of the dune line. Said area shall remain open and free of any obstructions to provide a clear travel way for emergency vehicles, personnel and/or other emergency equipment to access the surf or other areas of the beach in the event of an emergency. Emergency access lanes perpendicular to the dune line shall remain open and unobstructed at all times. In the event of an emergency, the police chief or his designee shall direct that additional temporary emergency access lanes be created until no longer needed.
Removal, disposal. Umbrellas, tents, canopies or other shading devices and/or other items/equipment remaining on the beach between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. or left unattended will be removed from the beach and disposed of accordingly.
Sand fencing and dune walkovers. Sand fences and dune walkovers have been constructed to rebuild and preserve the sand dunes; sand dunes serve as barriers that aid in protecting life and property during hurricanes and or other tidal events. It is prohibited to move, alter, obstruct, interfere with the sand fencing including, but not limited to, chaining items to, locking items to, or connecting items to a sand fence. In addition, no items may be placed, put, chained to, locked to or stored under any dune walkover located on the public beach.
Penalty. Violations of this section are punishable as misdemeanors provided in Section 1-16(a) of this Code.
Click here to read Ordinance #17-0857.
Golf carts are considered vehicles by the State of South Carolina. Basic rules are
- Drivers must be at least 16 years old and hold a valid drivers license
- Always have your license and registration with you
- Operate golf carts on the streets and roadways as you would a vehicle (do not drive on the sidewalks)
- Golf cart may be operated during daylight hours on public streets and roadways (Low speed vehicles may operate at night)
- Golf carts may be driven up to four miles from your residence
Click here to view the Town Code regarding golf carts: Ordinance #15-0808
Note: Golf carts are prohibited on the town's beach. Visit http://www.surfsidebeach.org-beach-2 for more information about beach rules.
Trailer Parking for Bike Weeks
In order to keep trailers in areas better equipped to deal with larger conveyances, the Town of Surfside Beach is offering free parking for bike trailers only in the 13th Avenue South (west side of Ocean Blvd.) and 16th Avenue North lots. This does not include 13th Avenue South Street end lot (east side of Ocean Blvd.) Free parking is exclusively for town residents and visitors residing in rental properties within the incorporated town limits. This is valid only during the annual "bike week" dates.
Parking Brochure Available
Click on the following link to view a copy of our Parking Brochure
All parking on Ocean Blvd is by permit only and only on the West side of the street in designated areas. Parking is not allowed on sidewalks, or within 10 feet of a driveway or beach access, or within 30 feet of an intersection.
Fire Department Smoke Detector Program
The Surfside Beach Fire Department Smoke Detector Program is for all residents of the town no matter what your financial status. The fire department will install them for you at no cost. Smoke detectors can be installed by members of the Surfside Beach Fire Department. Upon request, a home fire-safety check can be conducted at the time of installation. Trained personnel will identify hazards often unnoticed in the home which may cause a fire. In most cases, a few simple maintenance procedures can make your home safer. Personnel will also fully explain how your new smoke detector functions and how to maintain it. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Surfside Beach Fire Department at 843-913-6369. Click here for more information.
Surfside Beach Youth Sports Association
The Surfside Beach Youth Sports Association is dedicated to providing the best Baseball and Softball experience to the youth of our community. Our mission is to foster, promote and teach baseball and softball in the Town of Surfside, particularly to children and young adults. We strive to provide maximum opportunity for all eligible individuals to participate in a healthy, positive, and safe environment with a strong focus on moral conduct, sportsmanship, and teamwork. For more information, click here.
Weddings on the Beach
Marriage Licenses – A South Carolina marriage license can be obtained from Horry County Probate Court. Visit http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/ProbateCourt.aspx
If you perform a simple ceremony on the beach (bride, groom, and a few friends) within the Surfside Beach town limits (17th Avenue North southward to Melody Lane), we ask that
(a) you remove any items you take with you
(b) allow the public to observe the ceremony, if they wish
(c) do not use any balloons, glass or plastics that could harm the wildlife
(d) fill any holes that you dig
(e) Wedding planners or any others who will be paid to perform at the ceremony must have a Town of Surfside Beach business license. Contact the business license office at 843.913.6339 or 843.913.6342.
Congratulations to the happy couple.