Dogs on the Island

Dog Permits

Isle of Palms residents are required to obtain a dog permit from the Isle of Palms Police Department. Applicants must show proof of a current, valid rabies inoculation signed by a licensed veterinarian. Each permit will be good for the calendar year in which it was issued. The dog permit fee is $5.00. 

When can dogs be on the beach off leash?

Dogs are allowed to be off-leash from:

April 1st through September 14th

5:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. 


September 15th through March 31st 

4:00 p.m. until 10:00 a.m.


Dog owners must have leash in hand, have their dog under voice command and must clean up excrement.  At all other times, dogs must be on leash and under complete control, even in the water.

Please follow these rules to make sure that your pet is safe and that you are ticket-free. 


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