On the Isle of Palms there are specific regulations regarding dogs to ensure both safety and enjoyment for all beach-goers and residents. Please have a look below before walking your dog on IOP.

  1. General Beach Rules:
    • From September 15 to March 31, dogs can be off-leash on the beach from 4 PM to 10 AM.
    • From April 1 to September 14, dogs are allowed off-leash from 5 AM to 9 AM.
    • Outside of these hours, dogs must be on a leash at all times on the beach.
    • Owners are required to clean up after their pets and dispose of waste properly​ (City of Isle of Palms, SC)​​ (City of Isle of Palms, SC)​​ (City of Isle of Palms, SC)​.
  2. Dog Licensing and Rabies Vaccination:
    • All dogs residing on the Isle of Palms must have a current city dog license, which can be obtained from the Isle of Palms Police Department. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required to obtain the license.
    • There is no fee for the dog license, and it should be renewed annually by April 1​ (City of Isle of Palms, SC)​.
  3. Animal Control:
    • The Isle of Palms Animal Control ensures public safety concerning animals. This includes responding to animal bites, controlling stray animals, and promoting rabies vaccinations and spaying/neutering programs.
    • The city hosts an annual “Doggie Day at the Rec” event where residents can get rabies vaccinations and city dog licenses for their pets​ (City of Isle of Palms, SC)​.

For more detailed information, you can visit the official City of Isle of Palms website.

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