Dog regulations on Lowcountry beaches

The rules of the sand for dogs

CHStoday dog beach rules

The smiles that says it all after swimming and playing ball.

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I’m sure most of us have watched the scene in “Marley and Me” where the dog uses the potty on the beach. Yeah...don’t be that guy in Charleston — follow along to read about how you can have a beach day with your pup while following local regulations.

Isle of Palms

Permits | Dogs who there must have a permit that displays their vaccines readily available at all times. They should also have a metal tag on the collar that acts as a license to show they have the rabies vaccine. In order to obtain these, you can visit the Isle of Palms Police Department at 30 J C Long Blvd. where the permits are free of charge.

Play time | Your pup can run wild and free off-leash from 5 to 9 a.m. from April 1 to September 14. The times change to 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. starting September 15 until March 31.

CHStoday Sullivan dog

We promise our friends golden retriever “Sullivan” is very happy to be on the beach, he is just a grumpy old pup.

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Folly Beach

Permits | In order to get a pet license in this surf haven, you have to be a Folly Beach resident or must be staying there for more than 30 days. The application form is available in-person or you can email for more information.

Play time | Dogs are only allowed on-leash at Folly but they can be on the beach between 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. from May 1 to September 30.

CHStoday dog on beach

This photo is cute until the sandy and soggy tennis ball comes home in the car.

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Sullivan’s Island

Permits | All dogs are required to have a license to be on the island. Licenses are $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents. You can get one by presenting your rabies vaccine, drivers license, and current address to town hall at 2056 Middle St.

Play time | Summer dogs can play from May 1 to September 30 from 5 to 10 a.m. off leash and 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. on leash. In the off season (October 1 to April 30), pets can be off-leash from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on-leash from 12 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Friendly reminder for all beaches: Clean up after your pooch.