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Virginia Beach is a great place to vacation, but occasionally a few bad apples can ruin a good time for everyone. Knowing what you can and cannot do is important. The city of Virginia Beach wants everyone to have a great time, so basic laws and regulations have been put in place to make sure that everyone is safe and can enjoy themselves without incident.
Many Laws can also be explained in more details by visiting the City of Virginia Beach Code of Ordinances.
Specifically, we recommend reading Virginia Beach Code of Ordinances – Chapter 6.
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Staying in a hotel is the most popular form of lodgin in Virginia Beach. Make sure you abide by these rules/tips and make it easy on yourself.
Lifeguards are on duty from 9:30am-6pm daily from mid-May to mid-Sept. between 1st and 41st Streets and at Camp Pendleton, Croatan, Sandbridge & JEBLC Fort Story beaches. In May and September their hours and patrols are limited.
Surfing restrictions are enforced from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
Surfing rules are posted in all beach areas.
** Designated surfing areas are at Rudee Inlet and between 4th and 5th Street.
READ MORE ON CITY CODE Sec. 6-116. – Surfing generally
Courtesy volleyball nets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nets are located at at 25th, 30th, & 40th Streets.
P laying frisbee and other sports on the beach are prohibited in between Rudee Inlet and 42nd Street, 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays unless otherwise noted.
Pets are not permitted on the public beaches, boardwalk, or grassy area between the boardwalk and hotel property from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Pets are allowed in the residential area north of 42nd St. or south of Rudee Inlet after 6pm and before 10am under control of a leash. Airtight containers for cleanup must be carried and used at all times.
Many of the hotels and motels in Virginia Beach participate in the Find-A-Kid Wristband Program.
This is a free and voluntary program and helps parents quickly locate children that wander away from their families by providing an identification wristband at the front desk to children 10 and under.
Rollerblades are permitted on the boardwalk, but skateboards, mopeds and bicycles are NOT permitted on the boardwalk (However, there is a bike path next to the boardwalk).
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a FEDERAL CRIME. Dont’ let a simple toy end up ini jail time.
Kids that are equal to or under 17 years of age are not allowed in public areas without an adult between the hours of 11:00pm to 5:00am.
If you are on a vehicle that has a motor of any kind (battery or gas), then you are NOT ALLOWED on the
READ MORE ON CITY CODE Sec. 6-8. – Use of wheeled devices with a wheel diameter of less than twelve (12) inches on dune cross-overs.
READ MORE ON CITY CODE Sec. 6-9. – Use of motorized vehicles on pedestrian pathways.
Public Restrooms are located at
* Open year-round
You can only fish during specific days and times.
Fishing from the shore is prohibited from 42nd Street to the Rudee Inlet on weekdays (10:00am – 4:00pm) and on weekends and holidays (10:00am – 5:00pm)
Keep your music and other social activites to a tolerable and reasonable noise level so that you are courteous to others.
Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on beaches.
Picnicking is not permitted on the sand dunes.
Fires are not permitted on the beach