Beach and Boardwalk Information

Rules & Regulations

The Rehoboth Beach Patrol Headquarters is located at Baltimore Avenue and the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Ranked as one of the Nation’s best, the Beach Patrol operates seasonally from Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through three weeks following Labor Day.

302- 227-2280   May-September
302- 227-6181   October-April

Rehoboth Beach Patrol

Beach & Boardwalk Safety 

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department’s goal is to make your visit a safe one. The City of Rehoboth Beach ordinances are listed below. For the safety of you and others, these regulations must be followed. Enjoy your stay!

Rehoboth Beach Police Department is located at 229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. If you have an emergency, always dial 911! The non emergency number is 302-227-2577.

Enjoy your visit to Rehoboth Beach!


  • The City of Rehoboth Beach has approved a change in its beach regulations that restricts the use of tents and other shading devices, except umbrellas and baby tents, effective May 15, 2017.

    Umbrellas with a circular shade no greater than 8' in diameter and a central pole no greater than 7'6" in height are permitted.

    Baby tents up to 36" high x 36" wide x 36" deep, used to shade infants and small children, are permitted.

    Umbrellas and baby tents must be anchored to prevent uncontrolled movement.

    Please remove your umbrella, baby tent, personal items and personal equipment from the beach by 10 p.m. daily. If items are left unattended between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. they will be removed from the beach and discarded.

    Beach weddings and special events may use tents with a City Permit.

    Grills or any cooking and heating device using fire are prohibited.

    Tents certainly are convenient, but they were so plentiful at peak times and locations they blocked access and visibility to the water's edge, affecting public safety and everyone's enjoyment of our beautiful beach. Please click the following link which provides further information City Code Chapter 95 Beaches

  • Outdoor smoking is regulated in public places. Signs are posted in various locations throughout the city. Please click the following link which provides further information Smoke Free Initiative

  • We consider it a health and safety measure to close the beach during late hours. Persons shall not be on the beach between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

  • No changing clothes in comfort stations on the boardwalk, under the boardwalk or in vehicles while parked on any public streets.

  • No sleeping on the beach between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

  • No sleeping in cars on any street within the City, on or under the boardwalk or on benches. Age required by Delaware law to enter bars is 21 years.

  • No drinking or open containers of alcoholic beverages on beach, boardwalk or public streets within the City limits.

  • It is illegal for dogs to run at large at any time. The City has both a leash law and a pooper scooper law which are enforced. Dogs are prohibited from the beach and boardwalk from May 1 through September 30.

  • Bikes are allowed on the boardwalk during the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. from May 15 through September 15. Adult bike riders are not permitted on the sidewalks at any time. Children, under 12, please check with police for regulations.

  • Beach wheelchairs will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting May 27 through September 24. The beach wheelchair program is operated under the supervision of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol. Please contact the Beach Wheelchair Supervisor at Beach Patrol Headquarters, 1 Baltimore Avenue, or at the storage sheds located on the beach at Maryland Avenue and Laurel Street, to accommodate your needs. Beach wheelchairs must remain within two blocks of the pick-up location and may not be used on the boardwalk. Wheelchairs are provided on a first come, first served basis. You will need to provide your name and cell phone number when checking out a beach wheelchair. For more information please call Rehoboth Beach Patrol at 302-227-2280. 

  • No vehicles on boardwalk or beach.

  • Skateboards are prohibited on the boardwalk and bandstand year round and on the sidewalks and streets at all hours from May 15 through September 15.

  • Roller blades and roller skates are prohibited on the boardwalk, bandstand and Rehoboth Avenue from May 15 through September 15.

  • Parking meters are in effect from the Friday before Memorial Day through the second Sunday following Labor Day, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to midnight. Meter rates are $2.00 per hour. Change machines are available in various locations about town. Time limites vary by meter location, from 30 minutes to 12 hours. All thirty-minute parking spaces are time limited the entire year.