North Myrtle Beach
Beach tent safety rules at North Myrtle Beach have now been in place for a couple of years and appear to be working well. The rules were introduced to make sure that lifeguards can access emergency situations quickly despite the multitude of beach tents installed, sometimes from very early in the morning. The Beach tent has become a popular addition to a beach goers equipment since it provides a welcome shelter from both direct sunlight but also winds and sand blowing onto freshly applied suntan lotion!
Many of them provide the equivalent of a factor 50 suncream without the accompanying problems of re-application and getting young children to sit still long enough to let the sunscreen be applied.
The safety rules at North Myrtle are pretty simple – the largest beach tent allowed is 12 feet by 12 feet and they must be placed at least 10 feet from another tent and on the land side of the lifeguards umbrella line. Perhaps a more difficult restriction is that regarding the use of lines which secure the tent. They should not stick out from the tents perimeter and no tent is allowed to be erected outside the hours of 08.00 and 19.00
Beach users seem to be abiding by the rules and welcome the rules rather than suffering an outright ban. Most users quickly relocate their beach tent if challenged by a lifeguard and simply seek to comply with what they see as sensible management. Some lifeguards think that the rules do not quite go far enough although they recognise that there must be a sensible balance between public safety and the increasing demand for beach tents. They do have the power to issue tickets for non compliance although they report that most users quickly comply when challenged. The rules are very clearly displayed on both activities lists and check in desks.
Ocean Isle Beach
The rules are different at Ocean Isle Beach. Here beach tents, cabanas, canopies and awnings are not allowed on the beach. Umbrellas are allowed but are subject to the same removal rule that applies to other beach equipment. This is simply that they must be removed on a daily basis between 19:00 and 07:30. If anything is found on the beach between those hours then it is classified as abandoned and will be removed. There are also strict rules about the proximity of beach equipment to beach turtle nests or dune vegetation, and equipment must be at least 10 feet away and not between the nest and the sea. Fines are levied for non compliance. A full list of the beach rules can be found here
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beaches generally don’t allow beach tents of any kind. The beach rules can be found here.
Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Beach tent rules are more relaxed here, with most types of structure being allowed subject to the general rule that Umbrellas and tents must be placed 10 feet to the rear of guard stands Beach rules for Surfside Beach are here
City of Los Angeles Beaches
All beaches covered by the City of Los Angeles are subject to the Department of Beaches and Harbors Beach Use Permit Requirements. A permit is not required for a beach tents which are less than 10 feet by 10 feet. If your tent is above this size then a permit would be required. If you have a huge tent above 20 feet by 20 feet then additional building and safety permits would be needed. Clearly most beach tents are well within this size but some do exceed 10 feet square.
City of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Very simply, all beach tents, canopies or similar structures and enclosures are not allowed. More detailed beach rules can be seen here
Beach tents and other camping tents are allowed between the hours of 07.00 to 19.00. No tents may be left on the beach overnight. Enquiries and further information can be obtained at email@example.com
Treasure Beach, Treasure Island Beach
Beach tents and canopies for shade purposes only can be used provided the size is limited to 15 feet by 15 feet. If your tent is larger than this or you want to use it for a specific purpose other than providing shade then you will need to obtain approval from the Community Approval Department.
Cottesloe – New South Wales
It is forbidden to erect any tent, camp, hut or other structure other than a beach umbrella or other portable item used for the purposes of protection from the elements;