March 12, 2012, Blogspot – When of the most frequently asked questions I get is “Will we need to get any kind of permit to use the beach for a wedding?”
Generally the answer is “No.” You will only need a permit if you use certain State Parks, have a very large crowd coming with you and you want to use the public beach areas, and that would be a “crowd permit.”
You can use the public beach area for a wedding, but you want to watch out for a few things…
- Large crowds of 50 or more may require a permit for public beach area. If you have that many people coming with you you are probably renting a beach house or condo and using that private property beach area, so you wouldn’t need that crowd permit.
- Municipalities frown upon setting up decor, but the key to that is the size and the length of time you leave it there, on the public beach area, and throwing out rose petals to be left as liter.
- Be careful not to infringe upon other beach goers space. Municipalities are interested in keeping the peace and order on their beaches so just be conscience of others.
Public property can be used for a wedding and generally speaking the wedding is primarily the couple and the minister conducting the ceremony. It’s the extras that you have to consider as OK to do, to be there, or to plan on including.
It’s not a bad idea to check with the municipality of the beach by checking on their website for city regulations on beach use or simple contact me with your question.