Bathing and Boating Bylaws

seafront and boats

These cover the seafront from Hove Lagoon to Saltdean.

The Bylaws create 10 bathing areas from May to September inclusive every year. These bathing beaches are at Braemore Road, King Alfred, Second Avenue, West Pier, West Street, Palace Pier, Kemptown Slopes, Ovingdean, Rottingdean and Saltdean. For exact locations and additional information about the seafront there are information boards at all the main entrances to the seafront.

When lifeguards are on duty on the bathing beaches a system of red and yellow flags are flown to show the area of the bathing beach. It is always a good idea to speak with the lifeguard and ask about local conditions.

Vessels propelled either by motor or sail are not permitted to enter these bathing areas during May to September inclusive. Vessels powered by sail may use the waters everywhere else along the 11km of seafront.

Motorised craft during May to September may only drive within 200 metres of the beach at designated areas. These are at Hove Lagoon, Westbourne Villas, Adelaide Crescent, Ship Street, Royal Crescent and Lewes Crescent. At all times of the year motorised craft may not exceed a speed of 5 nautical miles per hour within 200 metres of the shoreline and must not exceed 10 nautical miles per hour within 400 metres of the shoreline. During the period October to April inclusive there are no designated bathing areas. Vessels powered by sail or motor may use all of the beaches provided that the motorised craft keep within the speed limit.

A copy of the bylaws map and explanation is available as a download from here Beach Bylaws [PDF 889kb].