UPDATE 09/02/2020
Updated Beach Rules; Face Coverings Required in Carmel-by-the-Sea


CARMEL BEACH RULES – Updated 09/02/2020

In an effort to keep visitors and residents safe, at its regular meeting held September 1, 2020 the City Council amended Order 20-2. issued by the City Administrator. This Order provides the rules for use of the beaches in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and provides the Police Department with the necessary authority to issue an Administrative Citation for each violation.  

 This Order states the following are prohibited at the beach:

  • umbrellas, shade structures or tents
  • beach equipment
  • BBQ’s, tables, fireworks, propane or other fuel tanks

No groups of more than 10 people shall be permitted on the beach. 

 The Carmel Police Department will begin enforcement of these rules on Wednesday, September 2, 2020  and will follow the City’s Municipal Code Sections 1.16.010 and 2.64.100 in the issuance of citations.  Fines for a first offense is $100, subsequent citations will be $200, and $500. These rules are in effect until October 7, 2020 unless extended or modified by action of the Council.


On June 29, 2020, the California State Department of Public Health issued a Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.  

​On July 13, 2020, the State Public Health Officer issued an Order which included as Order No. 8 that the guidance mandating the wearing of face coverings shall continue to apply statewide, except as specifically permitted in other orders or guidance documents. 

On August 4, 2020, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance providing that the Orders issued by the Governor, State Public Health Officer and the County Public Health Officer due to COVID 19 as currently in effect, or as subsequently amended, are enforceable within the City and authorizing the City Code Compliance Coordinator to issue criminal citations which would include criminal citations to enforce the terms of the Urgency Ordinance.

If you do not wear a face covering while in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea you may be cited. 

Please contact the Carmel Police Department with any questions you may have (831) 624-6403.