Seafront bylaws

Our guide shows what is and isn't permitted on beaches.

Barbecues on the beach

In Brighton & Hove you may use reusable barbecues on the beach after 6pm except for in the areas listed below.

You cannot use single-use, disposable barbecues on any part of the beach, promenade or Lawns from 1 July 2022. 

You may not barbecue:

  • between the two piers in Brighton
  • between Hove Street and Fourth Avenue (this is the area between the end of Hove Lawns and King Alfred Leisure Centre car park)
  • on Hove Lawns or its surrounding areas such as behind the beach huts
  • on the promenade or its surrounding walls

If you get caught using a single-use, disposable barbecue, you could be fined £100. They will also extinguish or take your barbecue. 

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.

Please respect your fellow beach users and residents. Not all appreciate the smoke and smell that is created from the barbecue. Hot stones on the beach or hot charcoal is dangerous to beach users, dogs and wildlife. It is also a criminal offence. Please put extinguished, cold coals into the yellow barbecue bins on the promenade after you leave.

Do not bring glasses onto our beaches. If smashed they can easily injure people on the beach.

Barbecue Dos and Don'ts


  • only light barbecues after 6pm in designated areas
  • only use reusable barbecues
  • raise barbecues above the pebbles to prevent the ground from getting hot and burning people once you have left the beach
  • put cold water on the barbecue once you have finished to ensure the fire is out and the coals are cold
  • dispose of cold coals in a yellow barbecue bin
  • put litter in the bins provided when you leave, any food remains should be well wrapped before being placed in a bin
  • follow our food safety tips.


  • barbecue in a non-designated area
  • use a single-use barbecue
  • light a firethis is extremely dangerous to other beach users and has caused serious injuries in the past
  • put a lit barbecue in a litter bin, use the special BBQ bins located along the prom
  • cover up hot stones with cold onescold stones shatter when they warm up and can cause injury
  • leave your litter behind
  • bring glass bottles on to the beach
  • play amplified music
  • have more than 20 people at your gathering.

If you need any further information or advice on barbecuing safely on the beach please send an email to