Beach Driving Authorizations Under the Shore Protection Act
Beach driving, as indicated by Title 12, Rule 391-2-2, is allowed for under very specific criteria and is handled by CRD staff through the authority of the SPA Committee. A Beach Driving Authorization is required when a motor vehicle is used on, over, or across the dynamic dune field or beaches. Those individuals seeking an authorization must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Shore Protection Committee that they meet one or more of the following criteria which justify driving on the beach.
Those seeking a Beach Driving Authorization must either be:
In October of 2015, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board amended the Beach Driving Authorization Rule.
The minor changes to the beach driving rule included the following:
1) The term “individuals” was replaced with “persons” in three places to more accurately reflect legislative language. “Persons” is defined in the Shore Protection Act whereas “individuals” is not and the definition for “persons” includes “individuals”.
2) The Rule was strengthened by stipulating that authorizations are barrier island specific, and not transferable between islands;
3) The term “life-saving” was added to better clarify when an authorization is not needed; and
4) The appendix was updated by replacing local names of existing access points with GPS coordinates and by increasing the total number of access sites coast wide by six (6).
DNR approved access routes as set forth in Appendix A
Please contact Cindy Ridley, Beach Driving Coordinator, at our Brunswick headquarters office at (912) 264-7218 or email@example.com with any questions.