What is the difference between public and private beach accesses?
A public beach access is owned by the county or state and is open to all members of the public. Weddings are permissible at all public beach accesses in South Walton.
A private beach access is owned by an individual, hotel, resort, restaurant, or company, and you must have permission from the owner, or a property representative to conduct a wedding there.
Can I be married at a public beach access?
Yes, you can be married at any public beach access in South Walton.
Is there a list of public beach accesses?
Yes. To view a map that lists South Walton’s public beach accesses, please visit the Beach and Bay Access page of the website.
Do any state parks in South Walton allow weddings?
All four of South Walton’s state parks allow weddings but each park has its own specific rules, requirements, fees, and limitations, such as parking and access. To receive detailed information about what is permissible at each park, please contact them individually.
Do I need a special permit to have my wedding on the beach?
Yes, all weddings held on South Walton beaches require Beach Wedding Permits.
How do I apply for a Beach Wedding Permit?
To apply for a Permit, complete the Beach Wedding Permit application form and return it to Walton County Planning and Development Services.
Is there a fee for the permit?
Yes, there is a $50 permit fee for all applications regardless of how many are in attendance.
How can I make sure the public beach access of my choice will be available at the time of my wedding?
If you are having your ceremony on a public beach access you will be required to get a Beach Wedding Permit through Walton County Planning and Development Services. Once your permit is issued, your wedding details are added to a calendar. Walton County Planning and Development Services will not schedule multiple weddings or events at the same time and location.
It is important to understand that although no other weddings will be taking place at the same time as yours, the public beach access will not be closed to individual beachgoers.
What is the earliest/latest I can have my beach wedding?
There are no curfew regulations for beach weddings so you can have your wedding as early or late as you want. However, if you are having your ceremony at a non-traditional hour we strongly suggest you advise the local Sheriff’s Office of your plans. Please call (850) 892-8186 to contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
Can chairs, arches, runners and other decorations be set up on the beach?
Yes, but all items (including rented items) must be taken down immediately following the ceremony to comply with Walton County Ordinance No. 2003-07, Section 4.G and Section 22-54(G).
What is Walton County Ordinance No. 2003-07, Section 4.G and Section 22-54(G)?
Also known as the “Leave No Trace Program,” Walton County Ordinance No. 2003-07, Section 4.G and Section 22-54(G) states that items left unattended on the beach overnight will be removed and discarded. The ordinance is in place to protect our beaches, and marine life.
To learn more about the “Leave No Trace Program,” call Walton County Code Enforcement at (850) 622-0000, or click here to read the ordinance in its entirety.