BEACH RULESDewey Beach Regulations and General Rules
The Town of Dewey Beach became a municipality in 1981. It has a Town Council/Town Manager form of Government, The five commissioners are elected to two-year terms and they appoint the Mayor who must be a year-round resident. Monthly council meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of every month at 9AM, except that from June through September the meetings occur on the second Friday at 7PM of each month.
Annual municipal elections are held on the third Saturday in September.
General Rules and Regulations and Beach Regulations Summer season rules are in effect from May 15 to September 15.
The following are prohibited on the beach:
- No glass bottles or containers are allowed on the beach (Year-round).
- More than three (3) beverages containers unless in bulk metal or hard plastic containers
- More than three (3) empty beverage or food containers
- Dewey is a non smoking beach. This is strictly enforced
No sleeping is allowed in vehicles or other public places - including the beach.
Surf Fishing is prohibited during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when within 100 feet of bathers. (Summer Season)
CURFEW FOR MINORSNo minor shall remain in or upon any public place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day except on Fridays and Saturdays, when the curfew hours shall be from 12:00 Midnight to 5:00 a.m.
DISORDERLY HOUSESare prohibited. Convictions may lead to a tenant's eviction and the owner could be subject to the loss of his Rental License. To report a disorderly house or noise emanating from a commercial establisment, call the Dewey Beach Police Department at 227-1110.
OCCUPANCY LIMITSare 2 persons per bedroom plus a maximun of 2 additional persons are allowed in a general living area.
DOGSmust have a Dewey Beach Dog License. Licenses may be obtained at Town Hall at a one time cost of $35.00 and are good for the life of the dog. Licenses are also available for stays of a week and weekends. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 9:30AM to 5:30PM (during the Summer Season). Dogs must be under the control of an individual and that individual must have a device to clean up the dog's droppings (Year-Round).
BEACH FIRESrequire a $30.00 Permit plus a $40.00 Security Deposit (This $70.00 must be in the form of cash!)
VOLLEYBALLplay will be permitted only in area and at times as designated by the town.
is prohibited within the Town Limits. No commercial activity is allowed on the beach or public streets unless approved by the town.
The beach is closed to the public from 1AM to 5AM. (Summer Season). Vehicles are not allowed on the beach (Summer Season). During the off season, if properly tagged, vehicles are allowed on the beach for fishing purposes only.
Building permits are required on all construction activities.
Motorized boats, including but not limited to watercraft described as boats with propeller driven motors, jetskis, personal watercraft propelled by mechanized water propulsion of systems, and/or sailboats with auxiliary motors, whether such motors or propulsion devices are engaged or not engaged, are prohibited from being launched or landed from any ocean beach areas during the summer season.
No person shall keep, anchor, maintain, or permit any boat owned or operated by him to be kept, anchored or maintained on any public owned beach within the Town of Dewey Beach between the hours of 10:00AM and 5:00PM during the summer season without the previous written consent of the Commissioners of Dewey Beach.
No person shall launch, land or permit any boat owned or operated by him to be launched, or landed on or from the beach or strand of the Town between the hours of 10:00AM and 5:00PM during the summer season.
No vehicles shall be driven on the beach during the summer season.
Between the hours of 11:00AM and 3:00PM on weekends and holidays, all sports activities involving airborne objects other than volleyball and sports activities involving adults or teenagers over the age of 13 shall be prohibited.
No person shall use a surfboard or skimboard, or any other type of water sport device that is constructed with non-flexible material within 100 feet of bathers. Between the hours of 11:00AM and 3:00PM on weekends and holidays the use of these devices shall also be prohibited.
The Captain of the Dewey Beach Patrol is hereby authorized to exercise his reasonable discretion to determine and declare the beach and surf area within the Town of Dewey Beach closed for reasons of unsafe weather, tide, surf, or any other hazard or unsafe condition determined by the captain. The term captain as used herein shall also include a deputy or acting captain as determined by the captain of Dewey Beach Patrol.
THE ABOVE RULES ARE FROM THE TOWN OF DEWEY BEACH. I HAVE DONE MY BEST TO PLACE THEM CORRECTLY. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ERRORS THIS MAY CONTAIN ON OUR BEHALF OR ON BEHALF OF THE TOWN. THIS PAGE IS TO INFORM ONLY. ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THE ABOVE SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE TOWN HALL.