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Resources for Reporting a Rule or Ordinance Violation

Our community is a vibrant one, shared with full-time and part-time members, guests and vacationers. It’s endlessly invigorating to witness the excitement of a visiting family experiencing the simple pleasures of island life, but there are also times when visitors may (unintentionally or intentionally) break the rules, impacting the livability of our community members. As our tourist season escalates, here are some resources for handling violations to our community’s rules (enforced by the community association) and ordinances (enforced by the Town of Kiawah Island). 

Most often, rules are broken unknowingly. Despite the fact that rental agents and the Kiawah Island Golf Resort provide visitor information, many aren’t aware that it’s a safety issue and violation to bike on the road when a leisure trail exists, or it’s a property violation to leave towels hanging outside on railings. These are examples of two rule violations governed by KICA. If you feel inclined to say something, use compassion: “I’m sure you’re unaware but, our community has a rule…” You are also encouraged to contact KICA Security at 843-768-5566 to report issues like these and our team will address them. 

If you witness someone feeding or harassing an alligator, contact the Town of Kiawah Island at 843-768-9166 during business hours or KICA Security any time at 843-768-5566. These actions are dangerous, illegal and should be reported immediately. More information about alligators on Kiawah is available here.

Violations that occur on the beach, like littering or off-leash pets, are governed by the Town of Kiawah Island and the Beach Patrol. Report these to the Beach Patrol at 843-518-2880.

Some of the most common parking violations are governed by KICA. Parking too closely to beach access trails (25 feet away required), parking on road shoulders, or parking in cul-de-sacs are not allowed. Report these violations to KICA Security at 843-768-5566.

Noise violations are governed by both KICA and the town. Hours of quiet are from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Contact the town (nighttime enforcement) at 843-259-2137 or KICA at 843-768-5566 with noise complaints. 

Short-term rental property violations are governed by the Town of Kiawah Island. If renters are violating an occupancy or parking capacity, or other violations, contact the town (day: 843-768-5119, night: 843-259-2137).

If you aren’t sure who to contact, always feel free to contact the Kiawah Island Community Association. Start with our Security department, which operates 24/7 and may be reached at 843-768-5566.