Town of Holden Beach

 North Carolina

The Family Beach





  • Personal vehicles are not allowed on the beach strand.
  • All pets must be on a leash at all times and are restricted from the strand, summer months 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  (Electronic devices do not currently satisfy the Town of Holden Beach leash requirements).
  • Open fires and fireworks of any kind are prohibited (except sparklers).
  • All grills must be at least ten (10) feet from any part of any structure while in use or producing any heat. This includes overhangs of any structure.
  • Fishing in all coastal waters (the ocean, canals or waterway) requires a State issued recreational license.
  • Stay off the dunes!
  • The Beach Strand: Use CAMA marked public access points unless you are entitled to use designated private walkways to the beach as a rental customer or property owner.
  • Digging large holes on the beach strand is prohibited. It is unlawful to dig into the sand on any part of the beach strand  greater than 12 inches deep, without having a responsible person attending the area. Prior to leaving the area, any hole greater than 12 inches deep shall be filled to be level with the surrounding area, leaving the area in the same general condition in which it was found. 
  • All tents, umbrellas, volleyball nets and any other manmade equipment MUST be removed from the beach overnight. These items and large holes in the sand create an unnecessary risk for walkers, emergency responders and sea turtles at night.  Any equipment not removed will be picked up each night and disposed of as it is considered abandoned property once left unattended.
  • No surfing within 500 feet of the pier.
  • Jet skis should only be operated outside 500 feet from shore. Do not ride skis onto the beach strand. Police Department personnel ride the beach during the summer to monitor this activity. 
  • Trash receptacles are placed along the beach for your convenience, please do not litter.
  • Please lock your vehicles and houses whenever left unattended. Don’t be the victim of an opportunist.
  • Public Wi-Fi is available at the Holden Beach Pavilion, Town Hall and Bridgeview Park.
  • There is an EV Station located on Jordan Boulevard.   



  • Garbage pickup is scheduled for Tuesdays. From Memorial Day  weekend - October, a second pickup is provided on Saturdays.
  • Please place you carts at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on collection days.
  • Click here for additional information on solid waste services.


If you are subjected to the unfortunate event of being stung by a jelly fish or sting ray please call 911 immediately.  DO NOT treat it yourself with meat tenderizer or other household remedies. Some of these methods are very outdated and proven potentially harmful. At the very least, they could prolong the discomfort instead of relieving it. Our local First Responders and Emergency Medical Personnel are trained with the most current treatment methods and will respond promptly. Most of the time, they can treat you without the need for transportation to a hospital. This of course, must be determined on a case by case basis. As always, if you have a medical condition or specific instructions from your doctor for incidents of this nature, please follow those instructions accordingly.


The Town of Holden Beach has a very comprehensive Ordinance for the control of noise and other nuisances. We pride ourselves with being a family oriented vacation location and remain vigilant in providing the best possible experience for all. Please be considerate of all your neighbors any time you are outside to avoid a visit from the police. 

The ordinance allows for a warning for the first visit to allow for voluntary compliance, but can escalate to seizure of personal property (i.e. speakers, amplifiers, etc.) and arrest.


The Town has sidewalks  located the entire length of Ocean Boulevard. For your safety, it is requested that everyone walking, cycling, jogging or running use the sidewalk and stay off the vehicle travel lanes of Ocean Boulevard. This allows for more efficient traffic flow and safety for all.


Please be reminded that according North Carolina State Law, all persons under 16 years old MUST wear an approved safety helmet while riding a bicycle.



All persons riding a bicycle at night are required to have a functioning white headlight and red flashing taillight at all times. Please note that a flashlight or cell phone are not sufficient for these purposes.


In the State of North Carolina, if a golf cart is to be operated on the streets, highways or public vehicular areas, it is considered a motor vehicle and subject to all laws, rules and regulations that govern motor vehicles. In short, the golf cart must have all of the following: 

  • Headlights
  • Tail lights
  • Turn signals
  • Rear view mirrors
  • State Inspection Sticker
  • License Plate Issued by NCDMV
  • Liability Insurance
  • The driver must have a current, valid Driver’s License
  • Child Restraint Laws must be followed
  • Since most Golf carts are purchased and a bill of sale is given to the buyer, the owner must apply for a title through the NC License Plate Office. In order to receive a title through this agency, you must have a notarized bill of sale and proof of liability insurance. If the golf cart is purchased from a dealer, you must also have the certificate of origin for the vehicle.

All of the streets in the Town (including the side streets) are considered streets or public vehicular areas according to the State Law. This means that to operate a golf cart anywhere on the island, you must meet the standards above. Also, golf carts may not be operated on streets with posted speed limit greater than 35 mph.



Motor scooters fall into two different definitions in North Carolina, motorcycles or mopeds. A moped must not go faster than 30 mph, must have an engine smaller than 50cc and must have no shifting device. If the scooter does not meet all of these, it is considered a motorcycle and subject to all the laws governing motorcycles, including motorcycle licensing, registration, insurance and inspection.

If the scooter does meet the standards above, you still MUST be at least 16 years old to operate it and must wear an approved safety helmet at all times.

CALLS FOR SERVICE (Emergency or Not) 

If you need Police, Fire or Emergency Medical Services, please Call 911. Even if you do not think you have an emergency, it is the standard locally to call 911 for all services (even non-emergencies) required from these agencies. Our 911 operators are trained to obtain critical information about your specific call for service and can provide lifesaving instructions when needed, so please be patient and answer all of their questions accurately. Doing so will provide you with the best service in the most efficient manner possible.

Please refrain from calling your property management office/representative for these services. Doing so will only delay the response to your needs and most often causes a omission of vital information due to multiple parties being involved in the transfer of that information.

Also, if you are inside a house, please call 911 from the house phone (instead of a cell phone) if at all possible. This will provide the operators with your location information and save valuable time in a true emergency.












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Olden Holden Bike Tour

HB Chapel

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