Island Access and Commercial Work Information
Welcome to Kiawah! As a private island, there are specific hours to access our gated community. Commercial work is permitted weekdays from 7am — 7pm and Saturdays from 8am — 5pm. 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!
Access for Commercial Businesses
Before entering the island’s main gate, all commercial businesses, contractors, service providers, vendors, and delivery companies, must purchase a gate pass. A one-day gate pass (rates start at $12) or annual pass (rates start at $180) may be purchased at the Kiawah Island Community Association's Pass Office during business hours or Kiawah's Main Gate after-hours. You will be asked to provide your vehicle registration, insurance and driver’s license.
Commercial Access Hours
Commercial Access Permitted:
Monday-Friday: 7am — 7pm
Saturday: 8am — 5pm
Commercial work is NOT permitted on Sundays and select holidays
Commercial Access Prohibited:
Easter - Saturday, April 16
Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
Independence Day - Monday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 5
Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25
Kiawah Island Marathon - Saturday, Dec. 10
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 26
New Year's - Monday, Jan. 2 2023
Commercial Customer Rates & Applications
- Rates for Passes
- Annual Decal for Company Vehicle or Fleet Application
- Annual Decal for W-2 Employee with a Personal Vehicle Application
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Get notified if Kiawah's commercial work hours are changed due to severe weather, hurricanes or island-wide events, or when rates or processes change.
Visit the Pass Office
KICA Pass Office
23 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7am — 3:30pm
After Hours: Visit 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 CitizenServe 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.