If you like to enjoy the beach in Isle of Palms, SC with your four-legged friends, make note of some new changes.

Effective March 1, all dogs living or visiting the Isle of Palms must have and wear a City-issued license and collar for the current calendar year.

Proof of current rabies vaccination is required before receiving a dog’s license and collar. The fee is $10 for IOP residents and $25 for non-residents and visitors.

Licenses and collars can be purchased at the Public Safety Building at 30 J.C. Long Blvd. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday.

Having newly approved this policy, the Isle of Palms City Council is hoping it will allow better tracking of all resident dogs on the island, as well as those belonging to visitors. This will also lead to quicker reuniting of owners and their dogs in the event a dog gets lost.

Previous regulations required residents to register their dogs and obtain a license for $2.

For more information regarding pet policies in the Isle of Palms, call 843-886-6522