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North Myrtle Beach Rules

Beach Shading Devices 

Placement of shading devices on the beach from May 15 through September 15:

  •  Other than umbrellas with a center pole no greater than 7 feet, 6 inches in height and with a circular shade no greater than 9 feet in diameter, and shading devices no larger than 36 inches high by 36 inches wide and 36 inches deep used to provide shade to persons 18 months of age or younger, ALL shading devices, including but not limited to tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas or devices similar to sports-brellas, or any material mounted on supports are prohibited from being placed on the beach from May 15 through September 15.

  • An umbrella is defined as a collapsible circular shade consisting of a natural or synthetic fabric stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a center pole without grounding lines or ropes.

Other Rules and Regulations

  • If you dig a hole on the beach, you must fill it in before leaving the beach. 
  • It is illegal for anyone under age 17 to possess a laser pointer, except within the permanent residence of that minor or under direct supervision of parent, guardian or teacher, who also take full responsibility for its possession and use under the law, and who also bear the full consequences of its misuse. 
  •  Unlawful to Litter (Fines up to $1000). 
  • Alcohol, glass, fireworks prohibited. 
  • No swimming beyond 50 yards or shoulder height. 
  • No parking beyond the posted public beach access rule sign. 
  • All watercraft must operate 100 yards or more off shore. 
  • Illegal to pick or damage sea oats and sand dunes fencing.

Dog Owners

  • May 15-September 15: No dogs allowed on the beach 9am-5pm. Surf only in designated areas 9am-4pm. 
  • Dog Owners: Leash law is in effect at all times; maximum leash length is 7 feet.
  • Pet owners must pick up and properly dispose of pet waste.


It shall be unlawful for any person to build, start, ignite, or maintain any fire or open flame or use any propane fired grill, cooker, or heating device heated by fire on the public beach, public beach access, street end adjacent to the beach, or any governmental land immediately adjacent to the beach.


  • It shall be unlawful for any person to drive any motor vehicle, of any nature or description, upon the public beach within the city.  This prohibition shall not apply to governmental, emergency or other authorized vehicles.
  • This section in no way prohibits rights conferred upon the handicapped in accordance with South Carolina Code Annotated, Section 43-33-25 (1976 at amended).
  • It is unlawful to operate motorized electric bicycles on the beach.


  • Golf Carts must display SC permit sticker. Available at any SC DMV office or online at https://www.scdmvonline.com/
  • Must be driven by a licensed driver 
  • Allowed on secondary roadways only 
  • May cross primary roads [Ocean Blvd, 27th S, Hwy 17 or Sea Mtn Hwy] 
  • Must obey all State traffic laws 
  • Seating capacity cannot be exceeded 
  • Daylight operation only


City of North Myrtle Beach Ordinance reads:

Section 5-5. Surfboards

  • It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a surfboard or skimboard on the public beach or any waters adjacent thereto, between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm during the period from May fifteenth to September fifteenth, except in the following designated areas:
    • Beginning at Hog Inlet and ending at 5th Avenue North with the exception of 300 feet on either side (i.e., north side and south side) of the Cherry Grove Pier.
    • Beginning at 6th Avenue South and ending at 27th Avenue South.
    • Beginning at the Town of Atlantic Beach southern limit and ending at 46th Avenue South. 
  • It shall be unlawful to surf within 300 feet of any pier.
  • All surfers shall be required to wear a surfing leash at all times.

Fishing in North Myrtle Beach

  • In North Myrtle Beach, you can fish from the beaches, piers, rocky shorelines, inlets, jetties, backwater creeks, inlets, flats, and islands.
  • Anyone 16 years old or older who is fishing from shore, boat, private dock, or while wading, requires a license.  This includes fishing with a cast net, seine net, and a commercial style crab trap (two traps per person recreational limit).  You can purchase a license online from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources or by visiting sales agents located throughout the state.
  • If fishing from the Cherry Grove Pier, a famous North Myrtle Beach landmark, a fishing license is not required with a daily pier pass.  Everyone on the pier must have a pass, even if they are not fishing.  A daily pier pass is $3.00; if you fish and have a fishing rod, it is an additional $7.50 per rod.  Fishing season is from February 1 to December 1.  For more information, check out Cherry Grove Fishing Pier website.


  • Beach Wheelchairs.  https://www.nmb.us/215/Beach-Wheelchairs
  • Chairs and Umbrella Rentals.  https://www.nmb.us/217/Chair-Umbrella-Rentals

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