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Town of Sullivan's Island

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Where is Town Hall?

Town Hall is located at 2056 Middle Street, between the Fire Station and J. Marshall Stith Park facing Middle Street.  Parking is available in the rear of the facility, accessible off of Station 20 1/2 Street. Elevator/handicap access is on the side of the building next to Stith Park.
Office hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.  
Town Hall's mailing address is:  P.O. Box 427, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina 29482
Town Hall phone number is (843) 883-3198.   Fax number is (843) 883-3009
The following departments and services operate out of the Town Hall buildings:   Administration, Building, Water/Sewer Billing and Customer Service,  Municipal Court and Police Department (2nd floor).     


2.  Does my dog need a permit if I am visiting? 

Yes, all dogs must have a valid Sullivan’s Island permit – residents and visitors.  Dog permits are available at Town Hall.   
Click Here for Dog Permit Application Packet (PDF)  
You will need:
*      Payment (cash, check or credit card, there is a small fee credit card portal/vendors charge):$35.00/dog permit.   Resident Discount $10 ($25.00)  Mailed applications and tags (add $5.00)
$2.00/license discount available if proof of an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship Certificate is presented at time of permit purchase.             
*    Veterinarian issued rabies vaccination certificate required (collar tag is not valid proof) 
*    General Contact Information (provide to Town Hall)
*    Valid Driver's License or other acceptable photo identification - for notary to validate your affidavit/application
*    Your Liability Insurance Information: carrier and/or agent (this is usually your homeowner's or renter's policy)
*     Affidavit of  Fact (notarized)  - dog has no history of aggressive behavior and owner has insurance against potential dog bites.  You may complete this Application/Affidavit of Fact at Town Hall (we have multiple notaries) or beforehand (if your signature has been notarized).

Seeking Resident Rate?  You need to provide a SCDL with Sullivan's Island address. 

Upon successful completion of the permit application, owner will be issued a dog tag and collar to be worn by the animal at all times on the Island.  


3.  Are dogs allowed on the beach?          

Yes, but all dogs must have a valid Sullivan’s Island permit – residents and visitors.                 
WINTER HOURS (October 1 – April 30)
Off -leash:       5:00am – 12Noon
On-leash:         12Noon -5:00am       
SUMMER HOURS (May 1 – September 30)
Off-leash:        5:00am – 10:00am
No dogs on beach:      10:00am – 6:00pm
On-leash:         6:00pm – 5:00am
All dogs must be curbed.  Pet waste bags may be found near the entrance of each beach access path. 

4.  May I get married on the beach?

Yes.  The Town's beaches are public, but remain in a very natural state and are surrounded by residences.  Also, there are no facilities on the beach. Couples interested in a beach wedding are asked to request a letter of permission for their event from Town Hall.  Letters are directed to Lisa Darrow, Asst. to Town Administrator.  You may contact her at  (843) 883-5744 or ldarrow@sullivansisland-sc.com if you have any questions. Note: there is not a fee for this request.
 Beach Wedding Information Sheet  


5. Where can I worship on Sullivan's Island?

A number of worship sites are located on Sullivan's Island.Click Here for locations and more information.


6. Where are the handicapped access paths to the beach?

Station 18                    Station 19        Station 26.5 


7. What facilities are on the beach?

The beaches are maintained in their natural state with no beach front commercial development.   The Town does not maintain toilets or other facilities on the beach. Visitors are expected to take all trash off the beach when they leave.  The Town appreciates its visitors’ assistance with keeping our beautiful beaches clean.  


8.  What day is trash collected?  What about bulk trash?

The Town uses a vendor for residential curbside garbage collection.  Residents please call Town Hall at (843) 883-3198 (option #3/#0) with a trash collection question or to report concerns.  Town Staff and our vendor have established a procedure to report any of your concerns and facilitate a quick resolution for you.
Each household is issued one (1) bin as part of regular household garbage collection services.  Contact Republic Services at (843) 552-4751 if you need to purchase your 2nd/additional trash bin. 


WINTER (after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend):
Household Garbage -             Tuesdays            
Yard Debris/Bulk Trash -  Wednesdays


SUMMER (after Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend):          
Household Garbage -              Tuesdays & Fridays           
Yard Debris/Bulk Trash -        Wednesdays 

9.  What day is recycling?  

Recycling is handled by Charleston County every other Wednesday unless a holiday
     Charleston County Recycling Schedule (Click here-pdf)
What can I recycle?  Click Here: Recycling Right 

For more information, call (843) 720-7111 or visit the Charleston County website                             

10.  How do I recycle Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?

11.  What are the Town's Planting, Gardening & Yard Debris Rules?

Interested in removing a tree or heavy tree pruning?  

Town has a tree protection ordinance; check with the Building Department before you heavily  prune or remove any tree (843-883-5731, Joe).    FORM: Tree Removal Request (Click)

Restrictions for planting trees or plants?

Yes, no plants, trees, fences, structures or obstructions may be in the right-of-way.  A SCDOT permit is required for landscapting that interfere with off-road parking.  Town Tip:  Plant a minimum of fifteen (15') feet from the right-of-way to avoid future conflicts with neighbors, utility companies, etc.

What are the collection "rules" for yard debris? 
  • Grass clippings and leaves must be in paper bags or small cardboard containers (no plastic)
  • Tree limbs must be cut down to less than four (4') feet in length
  • Loose debris should be in trash cans clearly marked as yard debris
  • Contractors MUST remove their own debris (our vendor will not remove this debris)
  • Pace your debris removal if possible each week. The Town's vendor (Suburban Disposal) tries to collect at least some of the yard debris from every house on Wednesdays.  For large piles the vendor may have to return for additional removal over subsequent weeks.
If you have any concerns or problems with yard or garbage removal, please call Town Hall (843-883-3198) and report it. We are here to help facilitate the best service for you from our vendor, Suburban Disposal.


12.  How do I find local tide information?


OCRM Tide Charts (Click Here)

You may pick up a free Tide Chart (hard copy) at Town Hall (while supplies last)


13.  How do I join the Town's Public Safety and Emergency Alert System?  What is Nixle?


On August 21, 2009 the Town formally launched its FREE Public Safety & Emergency Alert System in partnership with Nixle Municipal Wire.  Residents may receive alerts via email or cell phone texts (or both).  Recipients should check with their cell phone provider to see if their provider will charge a fee for text messages.  Nixle Municipal Wire's program is free to government municipalities and agencies because of Nixle's national corporate sponsors.  However, residents may be assured that Nixle does not sell email or phone lists nor does it allow advertisements or "pop ups" during its alerts. 


 The Town's Police Department will manage the alerts that will be related to Public Safety & Emergency matters.  The Police Department will strive to make the alerts as specific to Sullivan's Island as possible.  Levels of alerts you may choose:
Alert - Urgent, must know
Advisory - Important, need to know
Community - Informational, want to know
Traffic - Informational, want to know 


Ready to Register?     Click here:  Link to Enroll in Town's Public Safety & Emergency Alert System


14.  How do I sign up for the Town Electronic Newsletter (E-Newsletter) service?

You may subscribe to the E-Newsletter through this LINK (Click).  Alternatively, you may contact Lisa Darrow (E-Newsletter editor) to give her your information: ldarrow@sullivansisland-sc.com or (843) 883-5744. 


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