Beach Rules for 2018 – Tents and More in Myrtle Beach

By Marissa Polascak • April 26, 2018

Getting ready for your Myrtle Beach vacation this year? Some of you may be first time visitors who aren’t aware of local beach laws and rules regarding beach umbrellas and tents. In order to save you some headaches, we put together this post to help explain the rules regarding beach umbrellas and tents in Horry County, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Surfside Beach.

Back in 2014, Horry County , Myrtle Beach, and North Myrtle Beach all pass ordinances that limit beachgoers to use umbrellas that are no greater than 7’6” in height and a circular shape no larger than 9 feet in diameter. However, in the years since, each area has amended these ordinances in order to better suit the needs of the area.

Horry County

Families and senior citizens visiting the beach are allowed to use an umbrella that covers an area no wider than 7’6” in diameter. Four-cornered canopies are not allowed at all.

Those traveling with babies and children are allowed small pop-up tents and blow-up cabanas to help keep small children in the shade.

Thinking about getting married on the beach? Those getting married on the beach are now able to use a beach canopy during their ceremony but they must get a special events permit from the county. Other special events such as family reunions may also be granted approval for a beach canopy as long as the county approves.

Myrtle Beach

Large canopies are not allowed on the beach in the city of Myrtle Beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day. However, visitors in the off-season have more relaxed rules.

“During summer months, umbrellas up to seven-and-a-half feet in diameter are allowed in line with or behind the established umbrella line, but no other shading devices are permitted.  Tents up to 12-by-12 feet square and less than nine feet tall may be used from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day, behind the umbrella line and 10 feet apart.”

North Myrtle Beach

Vacationers in North Myrtle Beach may not use beach canopies or tents from May 15 – September 15, according to the city’s website:

“Only UMBRELLAS with a center pole no greater than 7 feet 6 inches in height and a circular shade no greater than 9 feet in diameter are allowed on the beach May 15-September 15. No tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas or similar devices, or any material mounted on supports allowed on the beach May 15-September 15.”

Surfside Beach

Beach canopies, tents, and umbrellas are allowed in Surfside Beach, but they may not exceed 10’x10’. All umbrellas, tents, and baby tents must be placed behind the lifeguard stand so that the lifeguard’s view of the beach and ocean is not obstructed. They also must be placed contiguous to the town’s beach emergency lane and there must be at least 10 feet between each tent. Tents must have straight tie-downs and there shall be no obstructions between tents.