Rules 2016-12-14T10:56:23+00:00

Folly Beach features six miles of wide beaches great for lounging, surfing, fishing, biking and kayaking. With thousands of fascinating life forms indigenous to our land and water, you will be mesmerized by our “locals”. Several endangered species call Folly home, including the loggerhead sea-turtle and Wilson’s plover, so please, adhere to stated rules in respect to these creatures and help us ensure their continued protection.

PS. The sunsets on Folly are legendary, so make sure you have plenty of space on your camera or smart phone … seriously, free up lots of space!


  • NO GLASS is allowed on the beach.
  • NO OPEN FIRES or FIREWORKS are allowed at any time.
  • NO LITTERING. IF YOU ARE GOING TO THE BEACH, PLEASE TAKE TRASH TO CONTAINERS FOUND AT THE EACH BEACH ACCESS. Have BEACH PRIDE and help us keep our beach clean so you and others can enjoy it now and in years to come.
  • SURFING without a leash is prohibited. From May 15th to Sept. 15th 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 your personal property when you leave the beach.
  • WATERCRAFT can be stowed on the beachfront for 12 hours without a permit. They must not be pulled into the dunes or sand fences. All watercraft must be removed from the beach if high winds or tides are expected. Permits to stow watercraft can be obtained at Public Safety. 843-588-2433
  • 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.
  • 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. City of Folly Beach Ordinances Enforced with Fines not to exceed $1,092.00
  • DOGS are not allowed on the beach from 10 am to 6 pm from May 1st to Sept. 30th. At all other times they must be on a leash.
  • DOGS are prohibited on the pier at all times.


Folly Beach City Council has passed a new ordinance to eliminate the use of Plastic Bags and Styrofoam within city limits in effort to protect our sealife and the Folly environment.  The ordinance bans business up to and including the Harris Teeter on Folly Road from distributing any of the following: 
  • Plastic carry out bags of any kind (this includes grocery, gas station, restaurant and retail store)
  • Styrofoam cups, coolers & take-out boxes 
The new ordinance will take place starting Sunday, January 1, 2017. 


Golf carts must display valid SC Department of Motor Vehicles and City of Folly Beach stickers. The City of Folly Beach sticker can be obtained from Folly Beach Public Safety by bringing the form found here: City of Folly Beach Golf Cart Permit to the Public Safety Building at 106 West Cooper Street. You will be required to verify SC Golf Cart Registration (obtained at the SCDMV) and proof of insurance, and sign that you have reviewed the golf cart rules, which can be found here: Golf Cart Rules.
They can be driven across, but not on, Center St. or Folly Rd. A golf cart cannot be driven more than four miles from the address on the SCDMV registration. The driver of a golf cart must be at least 16 years old and be in possession of a driver’s license, the SCDMV registration certificate, and proof of liability insurance. Golf carts may not be operated at night. Golf carts cannot be driven in the rain or at any other time that visibility is limited. All drivers of golf carts are required to read the Folly Beach laws related to golf carts. The golf cart laws can be found in Chapter 73 of the City of Folly Beach Ordinances, which are on this Website. Please call 843-588-2433 for information regarding Folly Beach golf cart permits.