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Posted on: June 11, 2018

Restrictions on Tents and Canopies - Summer 2019

Standard size umbrellas and so-called baby tents are the only shading devices allowed on the beach in Bethany Beach. (Please see the definitions listed below.)  All other shading devices are prohibited including, but not limited to, cabanas, canopies, pavilions, sportsbrellas, tarps, tents or similar devices or any materials mounted on supports.

The Town will be enforcing this restriction on tents and canopies this summer. But because this is a new ordinance, people erecting a prohibited tent or canopy on the beach will simply be asked to take the device down and will not be cited if they comply with the request.

If a person is cited, penalties upon conviction would be consistent with other penalties in Section 223 for minor offenses, such as for sleeping on the beach, throwing objects and flying kites, and, upon conviction would be not less than $50 nor more than $100.


UMBRELLA—A collapsible circular shade no greater than eight (8) feet in diameter stretched

over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole no greater than seven (7) feet six (6) inches in

height, and without grounding lines, ropes or sides.

BABY TENT—A device designed or used to shade infants and small children, no larger than

36 inches high by 48 inches wide by 60 inches deep and without grounding wires or ropes

that extend beyond the perimeter of the device.

OTHER SHADING DEVICES—include, but are not limited to, cabanas, canopies, pavilions,

sportsbrellas, tarps, tents, or similar devices, or any materials mounted on supports.

Click Here to View Ordinance
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