IT IS finally summer and with a heatwave predicted for the end of the month, it won't be long until our coastline is packed with visitors.

If you are coming to Brighton and Sussex or need a refresh on some of the rules of our area then look no further. 

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The rules all visitors need to know:

Dogs on the beach:

Rules prohibiting dogs from accessing a number of beaches came into force at the start of the month, running all the way through until the end of summer.

Dogs are permitted on all beaches in Brighton and Hove from October 1 to April 30. The rest of the year, dogs are only permitted on beaches listed as dog-friendly beaches.


The Argus: Dogs are only allowed on some beaches in BCPDogs are only allowed on some beaches in BCP

When you take your dog on to the beach they must be supervised and under control at all times and any fouling must be cleared immediately.

Dogs must be on a lead at all times while on the promenade.


Car parking

All visitors to the area are asked to park responsibly. Parking wardens are in operation across the year and the number of attendants is increased during the summer months to crackdown on illegal parking.

Cars parked on double yellow lines, causing an obstruction or blocking access may be towed. 

Swimming zones and what the flags mean

Look for the red and yellow flags on the beach these are designated swim areas, please swim between these flags if you wish to be supervised by lifeguards.

The Argus: Brighton and Hove’s seafront team is currently recruiting lifeguards to patrol beaches from the Marina to Hove Lagoon.Brighton and Hove’s seafront team is currently recruiting lifeguards to patrol beaches from the Marina to Hove Lagoon.

The red flag means lifeguards strongly advise against swimming due to dangerous conditions or water quality issues.

The orange flag is flown when the wind is blowing off shore, this could send you out to sea rapidly. Please do not use inflatables when you see the orange “no inflatables” flag.

Swim buoys are located in the water in a box formation to define the swim zone. They are circular, yellow and say Swim Area.

Littering and recycling

People are asked to recycle or dispose of their litter in the bins provided along Sussex's beaches.

As of June 2019, Brighton and Hove City Council installed 300 new recycling bins along the seafront.

The bins have three separate sections in different colours to help people recycle easier. We have blue for plastic bottles and cans and Maroon for glass. The third section will be black for ordinary rubbish.

If you litter you could face a maximum fine of £150.


Barbecues are allowed on certain sections of Brighton beach - they are signposted and a full list can be found on the council website.

In Brighton and Hove you may use reusable barbecues on the beach after 6pm in certain areas.

You cannot use single-use, disposable barbecues on any part of the beach, promenade or Lawns from July 1. 

The Argus: Disposable barbeques are banned on Brighton and Hove beachesDisposable barbeques are banned on Brighton and Hove beaches

If you get caught using a single-use, disposable barbecue, you could be fined £100. 

If you are caught using a reusable barbecue in a non-designated area, an officer will ask you to extinguish the barbecue or move to a designated area.

Bins can take plastic bottles, empty cans, glass or rubbish, they should not be used for barbecue materials as these can create a fire hazard.

There are special barbecue bins along the seafront near the sections of the beach where barbecuing is allowed.

Cycling on the seafront

Do not cycle along the promenade. Equally, if walking do not go into or block the cycle path.

Cycle lanes are provided along the seafront and are clearly marked.