Island Access and Commercial Work Information
Welcome to Kiawah! As a private island, there are specific hours to assess our gated community. Commercial work is permitted weekdays from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Commercial access is not permitted on Sundays and on select holidays. To access the island, a one-day or annual gate pass is required. Thank you for choosing to serve Kiawah Island!
Commercial Access Hours
Commercial Work Is Permitted:
Monday-Friday: 7am — 7pm
Saturday: 8am — 5pm
Commercial work is NOT permitted on Sundays and select holidays
2020 Commercial Closure Dates:
Thanksgiving – Nov. 26 and Nov. 27
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Dec. 24 and 25
New Years Day – Jan. 1, 2021
Gate Passes, Access Rates and Applications
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 7am — 3:30pm
After hours: Proceed to the main gate for assistance
Permits & Licensing
KICA Encroachment permits are required for all interior and exterior home projects, such as new construction, additions, remodels and upgrades to electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. Achitectural Review Board permits are required for all exterior home projects.
If you have never applied for a permit to work on Kiawah, call or visit the community association's Livability Office at Beachwalker Center to get started. If you have previously applied for a permit, you can make updates or request additional permits through our Citizen Serve Portal.
To conduct business on Kiawah Island, a business license is required. The Town of Kiawah Island is responsible for business licenses. Visit the town Municipal Center at 4475 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Kiawah Island for assistance.
Employees of Kiawah Organizations
If you work for a Kiawah Island organization, like the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, contact your employer for gate access information. If you need a temporary gate pass, visit the Pass Office at Beachwalker Center.