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Read about Galveston's beach rules and regulations, including parking, personal property, erosion response, and more.
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, operate or park any motor vehicle, motorcycle or motorbike, dune buggy or other recreational vehicle upon, over or across any sand dune, or to ride or walk any horse, pony or mule upon, over or across any sand dune, located within the city. (Code 1960, § 4-1.5; Ord. No. 79-48, § 1, 5-31-79) State law reference— Similar provisions, V.A.T.C. Natural Resources Code, § 63.093.
To view a comprehensive copy of the City of Galveston Code of Ordinances for Beaches and Waterways, visit:
(a) Definitions. As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to leave an item of personal property unattended on the public beaches or within the public beach access areas between the hours of sunset and sunrise on the following day, except as otherwise permitted.
(c) Any item of personal property left on the public beach or within public beach access areas in violation of this Section shall be deemed discarded by the owner, and may be removed, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of, accordingly by the City of Galveston, the Park Board of Trustees, or their designees.
(d) In the confiscation and disposal of any such item under this Section, the City shall not be subject to any responsibility or liability to persons or damages to property caused by the confiscation or subsequent disposal of unattended items of personal property.
(e) Exemptions. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to personal property such as equipment and materials for use in the following circumstances when authorized by the City of Galveston, Galveston County, or a State or Federal government agency:
The City of Galveston has prepared an Erosion Response Plan (ERP) to achieve the following broad local objectives:
The Erosion Response Plan is designed to implement dune protection, erosion response, and beach access policies and objectives in the City Comprehensive Plan and comply with requirements set forth in set forth in Title 31 Texas Administrative Code, §15.17 (31 TAC15.17). In 2009, the Texas legislature adopted the Texas Natural Resources Code §33.607, which requires local governments along the Gulf Coast to develop plans for reducing public expenditures for erosion and storm damage losses. To implement the law, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) adopted rules to guide local government’s preparation of erosion response plans. The rules are intended to ensure local governments enact regulations to reduce future storm damage and protect public access to beaches. To download a copy of the Erosion Response Plan, visit: