For safety and enjoyment, parking is regulated along the public rights-of-way May 15 through September 15 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. In the on-street beach parking zones, parking will be free of charge. Adjacent residential areas would become “residential parking only.” Paid parking remains available in the City lots, Charleston County Park lots and Ocean Boulevard between 10th and 14th Avenues.
Please observe all signage on parking areas to avoid being ticketed or towed.
Residential Parking District
Homeowners or long-term tenants (long-term tenants are those who occupy a residential unit for more than 3 months) within a residential parking district may register their vehicles/golf carts with the Police Department by presenting the vehicle registration and proof of residency. Each registered vehicle will receive a resident parking permit to be renewed annually. Non-resident property owners can also register their vehicles and will receive a maximum 2 residential parking permits. Resident parking permits are free for residents. Resident parking permits are placed in the lower left corner (driver's side) of the rear windshield.
No parking permit is required for vehicles parking in designated handicap parking spaces within the residential parking district. Disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart are exempt from the resident parking permit requirements as long as the vehicle has the appropriate license plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Homeowner/Long-Term Residental Parking Permit - Application Form
Non-Resident Property Owner Residential Parking Permt - Application Form
One-Day Resident Visitor Parking Permit
Homeowners and long-term tenants may apply to the Police Department for the purchase of up to 2 books of 30 “one-day resident visitor parking permits” per calendar year. The cost of each booklet is $15.00. These permits are valid for 1 day and can be used when right-of-way parking is required for guests at the homeowner’s or long-term tenant’s home within the residential parking district.
Short-Term Rental Parking Permit
Owners of short-term rentals may apply to the Police Department for the purchase of up to 4 portable parking permits per calendar year. The cost of each portable parking permit is $15.00 to be used by short-term tenants when no adequate off-street parking is available on the property.
No permit or parking fee exits to park along the public rights-of-way in the following beach parking areas:
- 3rd Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and Charleston Boulevard
- East side of 4th Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and Charleston Boulevard
- 5th Avenue, between Ocean Boulevard and Carolina Boulevard
- 6th Avenue, between Ocean Boulevard and Carolina Boulevard
- 7th Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and Carolina Boulevard
- East side of 8th Avenue, between Ocean Boulevard and Carolina Boulevard
- East side of 9th Avenue, between Ocean Boulevard and Carolina Boulevard
- Palm Boulevard between 21st Avenue and 57th Avenue
All vehicles parked in the designated beach parking areas must obey state and local parking regulations posted in those areas.
Map of the Beach Parking District
Map of available paid parking locations
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers