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Virginia Beach Basic Rules & Regulations

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.

Visit our ASK A LOCAL section for answers to other beach questions.

HERE ARE SOME BASIC RULES AND TIPS TO ABIDE BY:

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Police, Fire, EMS911 for emergencies
Non-Emergency and towing inquiries757-385-5000
Visitor Information Center757-385-7873 (SURF)
Information Kiosks757-385-7873 (SURF)

URGENT CARE

Patient First – General Booth
1605 General Booth Blvd
757-721-0512
First Colonial Family Practice and Urgent Care Center
1120 First Cotlonial Rd # 100
757-481-2333
Nowcare Urgent Care
1168 First Colonial Rd
757-352-2020
Urgent Care Center – Princess Anne
2088 S Independence Blvd
757-275-9331
The Doctor’s In, P.C. Urgent Care
1788 Republic Rd
757-428-1911
Patient First – Indian River
5486 Indian River Rd
757-424-2490
Sentara Urgent Care
816 Independence Blvd #100
757-363-6800
Coastal Surgical Specialists
1120 First Colonial Rd
757-481-4424
Sentara Urgent Care
1326 E Little Creek Rd
757-583-6338
Family Medicine Center
1201 Lake James Dr
757-523-0022

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIPS

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.

  • Identification:
    Make sure you have a valid photo ID – it’s required at registration desks throughout hotels in Virginia Beach  The hotel will need to make a copy during check-in.
  • Use Your Proper Name:
    It’s unlawful to register in any name other than your own legal name.
  • Register All Room Guests:
    All occupants and guests staying in your room(s) must be registered at the front desk.
  • No FREE Guests:
    Hotel rates are quoted for a specified number of adults. There is a charge for each additional person and maximum occupancy rules will apply.
  • Facilities are for Registered Guests:
    The use of the hotel rooms and hotel facilities is limited to registered occupants only.  Abiding by this rule helps keep swimming pools, vending areas, restrooms, parking lots and garages available for your use. You paid for them.
  • Alcohol In Hotels… 21:
    You must be at least 21 years of age to consume, possess or buy any form of alcohol… beer, wine and liquor. You may not carry open or unsealed alcohol in public places or in vehicles. This is a Virginia State law.
  • Registrations Are Required and Binding:
    Hotel Registrations are required and an agreement to comply with hotel regulations.

LIFEGUARDS

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.

MORE ABOUT LIFEGUARD LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Virginia Beach Resort Area Graphic Map
Virginia Beach Resort Area Graphic Map

SURFING

Surfing restrictions are enforced from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Surfing rules are posted in all beach areas.

  • Surfers must wear a leash and surfing is prohibited within 30 feet of the shoreline.
  • In the resort area (from Rudee Inlet to 42nd Street) surfing is not permitted between the hours of 10am and 4pm on weekdays and 10am and 6pm on weekends and holidays except in designated surfing areas**.
  • For the area between Camp Pendleton and Rudee Inlet, no surfing is allowed outside designated surfing zones 11am-4pm daily.

** Designated surfing areas are at Rudee Inlet and between 4th and 5th Street.

View our Surf Report page for more information.

BEACH SPORTS

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

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.

See more information regarding Pets on the beach

FIND-A-KID PROGRAM

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, SKATEBOARDS, ETC…

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).

LASERS

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a FEDERAL CRIME.  Dont’ let a simple toy end up ini jail time.

CURFEW

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.

MOTORIZED VEHICLES

If you are on a vehicle that has a motor of any kind (battery or gas), then you are NOT ALLOWED on the

  • Beach
  • Boardwalk
  • Bike Paths
  • Parks
  • Grassy Areas

PUBLIC RESTROOMS

Public Restrooms are located at

  • 2nd Street*
  • 17th Street
  • 24th Street*
  • 30th Street
  • 31st Street*

* Open year-round

FISHING

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)

LOUD MUSIC

Keep your music and other social activites to a tolerable and reasonable noise level so that you are courteous to others.

OTHER RULES

Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on beaches.

Picnicking is not permitted on the sand dunes.

Fires are not permitted on the beach

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