General Rules

Beach Fire Permit

Vehicles, Bikes, Joggers, Walkers, & Skaters

Seabrook has approximate 26 miles of roadway and a robust and enthusiastic security staff.  To ensure that you do not take home a souvenir in the form of a traffic citation and that you are safe whether you are driving, biking, or walking, the following rules are in place:

  • Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit on Island is 25 mph and is strictly enforced.
  • Come to a complete stop at each and every STOP sign.   
  • Do not pass bicycles at traffic islands.  When coming upon a bicyclist, please stay a safe distance behind them.  When they have cleared the island, they may be passed. 
  • Bicyclist must ride in single file whether on the road or on a bike path.  Seabrook’s roads and bike paths are narrow and winding. There is often not much room to pass without encroaching the opposite lane.
  • Bicycles must have lights on after dark.
  • Pedestrians, joggers, and skaters must keep on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • No beach parking is allowed on Seabrook Island roads or in villa parking areas. You must use designated beach access parking areas and boardwalks.  Parking at SIPOA Community Center (on Oyster Catcher Court) is for property owners.
  • No walking, jogging, and biking on the golf courses or cart paths.  Golfers only!
  • Motorcycles, motorized scooters, mopeds, go-carts, motorized skateboards are prohibited with on Seabrook Island.
  • Trailers, boats, motorhomes are not allowed to be parked in driveways or on the roads of Seabrook.  A storage and parking area is provided off SIPOA Maintenance facility (on Seabrook Island Road between Old Drake and Royal Pine Drives).  For details and to make arrangements to use this storage/parking, please call the Seabrook Island Security Gate at 843-768-6641.
  • Driver’s License – Anyone operating a motor vehicle on Seabrook Island must be in possession of their driver’s license and vehicle registration.

Pets

A very large number of Seabrook residents and guests love sharing the Island with their pets.  Seabrook has one of the few beaches in South Carolina that allows dogs to run unleashed.  This is a privilege that we all want to keep.  It is therefore very important for all residents and guests to follow these rules:

  • Pets must be leashed at all times unless they are on the “Dog Beach” at the appropriate hours.
  • All pet feces must be picked up and placed in containers.
  • Pet owners are responsible to see that pets do not cause a nuisance.  
  • No dogs (or people) are allowed on the dunes at any time.
  • Do not go by yourself or with your dog anywhere near a turtle nest (designated by an orange and white stake) or nesting bird area, even with your dog on a leash.
  • If the horses are on the beach, please give them a wide berth and always leash your dogs so not to spook them.
About the “Dog Beach”

From May 1 until October 31, dogs are allowed to be off lead in the designated area before 10:00 am and after 5:00 pm.

From November 1 until April 30, dogs are allowed to be off lead in the designated area at all times.

The dog beach is easily accessible from Walk 1 and Walk 2.  There is parking for property owners with permanent car stickers at the parking lot by the Community Center.  Rental guest may park on the parking pad by the sign marking Walk 2.  If you wish, walk through the owner’s parking lot to get to Walk 1.  Walk 1 is wide with a grassy path along side it, and it will deposit you on the beach closer to the Dog Beach.

Once on the beach, turn left and continue walking past the large dunes until you see the sign marked “Dogs Allowed”.  At that point, your pup can be unleashed to enjoy playing on the beach, with the other dogs, or in the surf.  There is another sign further up the beach indicating that dogs are no longer allowed beyond that point.  Dogs are not permitted near Capn Sams Inlet.

Please visit Seabrook Island Dog Owner’s Group (SIDogs) website for more information.

 Boats

  • Boat ramp may be used only by property owners and accompanied Guests. It is located on Marsh Haven Drive off of Capn Sams Road (turn at sign for Fire Station).

 Garbage

Outside garbage storage must be wildlife-proof.  Garbage should be placed in covered containers only (not plastic bags or cartons). To view 2014 Garbage and Recycling Schedule, click here.

Villa collection is on Monday (all year round) and Thursday (April 5 to September 6).   You do not need to roll the trash can to the end of the driveway.  Waste management personnel will collect containers from the storage area. Please make sure it is accessible.

Single home garbage collection is on Monday – put containers out no earlier than noon on Sunday and no later than 7:00 am on Monday, and recover containers from the street by Monday night.

To dispose of garbage or recycling before your departure, use depositories at SIPOA Maintenance facility (on Seabrook Island Road between Old Drake and Royal Pine Drives).

Recycling is picked up on Monday mornings after 7:00 am.  Please put the bins curbside.

 Beach, etc.

  • All persons and pets must stay off all sand dune.
  • No chairs, tents, umbrellas or kayaks left on beach overnight.
  • Beach towels, bathing suits, etc. may not be hung on exterior railings.
  • Store beach and recreational equipment out of sight.

Beach Fires

1. Fires must be attended at all times by an adult.

2. Fires may not be in the dunes.

3. Do not burn pressure treated lumber, as it gives off toxic fumes.

4. Do not burn any material with nails, screws or fasteners in it.

5. Fires must be extinguished WITH WATER by 10:00 PM (during turtle nesting season).

6. Ashes may be buried in the sand once the fire has been extinguished.

7. All unused material must be picked up and removed from the beach.

8. Fires may not be made within 50 feet of marked turtle’s nests.

To complete a permit for the Beach Fire, please click here.

Noise

  • Radio/TV/music volume should be low and not disturb neighbors.  Loud noise that disturbs quiet enjoyment may be reported to Security at 843-768-6641.

Fireworks

  • No use of fireworks, firearms, pellet guns, bow and arrows, slingshots.

Wildlife

Seabrook is home to some amazing wildlife.  Enjoy our wildlife but remember – they have adapted to our presence but they are still wild animals and should be left alone.  Seabrook’s wildlife will not bother you if you allow them to freely live in their environment.  In all instances, pets and children should not be unsupervised outside.

Alligators – It should go without saying that alligators can be very dangerous.  To our surprise and dismay though, there are some that don’t seem to appreciate this.

Please do not feed the alligators.  This can make them very aggressive towards people.

Alligators and small children or dogs don’t mix.  At water’s edge, they can both be mistaken as prey for a large alligator.  Do not go near water’s edge at any of the ponds or lagoons on Seabrook.

Snakes – Seabrook is home to many snakes.  We have a population of dangerous rattlers, copperhead, and cottonmouths, as well as non-poisonous rat and corn snakes among others.  Please be aware of your surroundings especially with children or pets or while walking on any of Seabrook’s trails, through wooded areas, and along the lagoon and pond edges.

Bobcats, Foxes and Coyotes – Seabrook is home to bobcats, foxes, and coyotes.  There population is closely monitored and it is considered in balance with what our environment can support.  They are afraid of people and will avoid them, however, it is always prudent to give them space and keep children and pets clear.  Small pets should be supervised in yards.  If you see a bobcat, fox, or coyote and would like to help us track their location, please click here to make a report.

Dolphins – Dolphins have been seen in abundance strand feeding in and near the Capn Sams inlet; how lucky we are to live so near this amazing sight!  Remember, with dolphins as with all wild creatures, the rule is look but don’t touch. We have heard of a few folks jumping in to swim with the dolphins. Please enjoy these animals from the shore. There are extremely strong currents in this area, making swimming for any purpose a dangerous endeavor. Furthermore, you should not disturb the natural behavior of the animals. Remember to be SMART when it comes to Dolphins:

Stay at least 50 yards from Dolphins.
Move away cautiously if dolphins show signs of disturbance.
Always put your engine in neutral when dolphins are near.
Refrain from feeding, touching or swimming with wild dolphins.
Teach others to be dolphin smart.

Turtles – We are luck to have many nesting turtles on Seabrook.  We ask that you:

DO stay away from nesting turtles and hatchlings;
DO keep dogs on leashes all the time from May through October;
DO fill in all holes on the beach at the end of the day;
DO turn off all lights visible from the beach; close blinds or drapes on all windows visible from the beach by 10:00 PM from May through October;
DO NOT use flashlights or camera flashes around turtles or hatchlings;
DO NOT leave trash on the beach; plastics can look like food to sea turtles.

Birds – Seabrook is a birder’s paradise.  For more information on what you might see, please visit Birds of Seabrook Island.

Excerpted from SIPOA and Seabrook Island Club – Rules and Regulations