Our beach rules

To keep our beaches clean, safe and accessible, we have some rules about what is and is not allowed.


Dogs are welcome on most of our beaches as long as they are under control and any mess is cleared up straight away. 

During the summer months when our beaches are very busy, we do not allow dogs onto some areas. 

Between 1 May and 30 September each year, you cannot take your dog onto these areas of the beach: 

  • Bognor Regis – from Bognor Regis Sailing Club ramp to Gloucester Road 

  • Felpham – from Canning Road to Felpham Sailing Club 

  • Littlehampton – from East Pier to Norfolk Road 

Dogs should be kept on a lead when walking on the promenades alongside these areas.  


We do not allow horses on any beach between 10am to 6pm from 1 May to 30 September. 

If you do want to ride your horse on the beach outside these times, be aware the shingle sea defences may make access difficult. 


We do not recommend lighting barbecues on our beaches as they can spoil the enjoyment of others. 

You may be asked to put out your barbecue if it is causing a nuisance. 

The green next to Littlehampton beach has stainless steel barbecue units where you can safely light and use disposable barbecues. 

When putting a disposable barbecue in the bin, please make sure the barbecue is completely cold.  


Pour lots of water on the barbecue to stop any chance of a fire in the bin. 

Metal Detecting 

Metal detecting is allowed on our beaches, but please ask permission first.  

Email neil.oconnor@arun.gov.uk or call 01903 737951 to get permission before you start metal detecting on our land. 

Jet skis 

Jet skis and personal water craft can be launched from the public slipway in Surrey Street, Littlehampton. 

You will need to get a personal water craft permit from the Littlehampton Harbour Master before launching from Littlehampton.

Failing to get a permit can lead to a £2500 fine.