Special Events

Special Events Permit

Special Event Permit applications may be submitted up to one (1) year in advance but must be submitted no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the event. If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you will need to apply for a permit:

  • Is your outdoor event an organized formation, parade, procession or assembly consisting of persons, and which may include animals, vehicles or any combination thereof, which is to assemble or travel in unison on any street which does not comply with normal or usual traffic regulations or controls?
  • Is your outdoor event a musical concert, festival, fair, carnival, or rally which you may expect to have 500 or more people in attendance at any one time?
  • Is your outdoor event a sporting event which will require the use of temporary structures, including grandstands and tents, and which may have 4,000 or more people at any one time in attendance?
  • Is your outdoor event a public assembly involving the gathering together of persons for commercial, civic or social functions or recreation or for food or drink consumption, which may be expected to have 500 or more people at any one time in attendance? a. Example: If you own an establishment and you plan to have something "special" on your property that doesn't happen on a normal basis (i.e. bike rally outdoor vending) and you expect to have 500 or more people at any one time in attendance.
  • Will your outdoor event host drinking contests or games, contests involving disrobing, or wet t-shirt contests, slaw/pudding/jello wrestling, bobbing or similar contests, or motorcycle/car washes (excluding those held by a church, school, or civic organizations), outdoor stunt shows, dynodrag or dyno unit or burn-out pit activities?
  • Will your event or activity create excessive or unusually loud noise at night? Examples include the use of horns, loud speakers, drums, exhausts, construction or industrial operations, etc.
  • Does your commercial filming activity have a cast and crew of sixteen (16) or more persons?

Please check with the Code Enforcement Department to determine if any Temporary Vendor Permits are required.

Other examples of Outdoor Special Events that will require a permit are as follows:
Concerts, parades, circuses, fairs, festivals, rallies, block parties, poker runs, community events, mass participation events, sporting competition events such as marathons and running events, bicycle races or tours, or spectator sports such as football, basketball and baseball games, golf tournaments or hydroplane or boat races.

Permit Information

Applications may be submitted online.

Emergency Management
Phone: (843) 915-5150
2560 Main Street, Suite 4
Conway, SC 29526

Special Event Permit Application Ordinance 04-09 Site Map Format Example


For more information pertaining to special events permits, exemptions, and motion picture and film productions, please visit Municode's website and refer to sections 13-34 through 13-36.

Review Municode: Sections 13-34 through 13-36


Application Fee – Non-refundable $250.00

Fee per approved dates - $100 per day

Additional fees for county public safety services – contact the county department (Fire/Rescue, Police etc.)

The Submittal Process

Any applicant who desires to conduct, promote, sponsor, organize, or enable a special event must submit a complete application for a Special Event Permit no more than one (1) year and no less than forty-five days (45) prior to the scheduled start of the event. A Special Events Permit is valid for up to seven consecutive days. If you have multiple outdoor events during this time period you will only need one permit for all events, however, each event MUST be separately documented in the "Event Details" section of the application. All activities related to event set-up and take-down must be completed within the dates approved on the permit.

Complete the Horry County Government Special Events Permit application online (application on this page).

A completed application will need to include the following attachments:

  1. A single site plan 8.5 x 11 inches, drawn to scale must show all necessary elements which may include the following:
    • Existing facilities/structures
    • Proposed temporary facilities/structures
    • Traffic flow and provisions
    • Security/crowd control
    • Medical provisions
    • Lighting
    • Solid waste disposal
    • Parking
    • Location of bands and or music venues
    • Sanitation facilities
    • Vendors (under separate attachment provide vendor list with Vendor Names, goods and/or services provided.)
  2. A schedule of events associated with this location for the duration of the permit.

The $250.00 non-refundable application fee can be paid by check or money order (no cash) made payable to Horry County Government. After completing the application online and submitting the appropriate attachments online, mail your payment to:

Emergency Management
Phone: (843) 915-5150
2560 Main Street, Suite 4
Conway, SC 29526

Once the application fee has been paid, the application will be reviewed by Emergency Management.  The applicant will be notified within 10 business days of the completeness of the application. Once the application has been deemed complete, the applicant will be notified in writing within 10 business days of the approval or denial of the application. Upon approval of the application, the applicant must contact the Emergency Management office at 843-915-5150 and make an appointment to obtain the permit. The Special Events Permit fee ($100 per day) must be paid before the Special Events Permit will be issued.

Approved Permits

Permit No.Event NameTMS / Business NameDates Authorized / Location
147580Halloween Parade and Fall Festival The Farm @ Carolina Forest HOA
Carolina Farms Blvd.
Myrtle Beach 29579
147581Christmas Parade The Farm @ Carolina Forest HOA
Carolina Farms Blvd.
Myrtle Beach 29579
148328Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dash Krispy Kreme
101 Rodeo Drive
Myrtle Beach 29579
2019-11-02 - 2019-11-02
148796Fall Harley Davidson Rally 2019 Glasstec, Inc.
3833 Socastee Blvd.
Myrtle Beach 29588
2019-09-30 - 2019-10-06
149102Carolina Forest Volunteer Firefighters Boot Drive Carolina Forest Volunteer Firefighters
International Drive and River Oaks
Myrtle Beach 29579
2019-09-28 - 2019-09-28
149690Mythical & Medieval Fest Blue Bird Properties
3833 Socastee Blvd.
Myrtle Beach 29588
2019-11-09 - 2019-11-10
149703Fall Bike Week Broken Spoke/ Spokes & Bones Saloon
2340 Highway 17 S
Murrells Inlet 29576
2019-09-30 - 2019-10-06
1500092019 CFHS Homecoming Parade Carolina Forest High School
Tanger Outlet & Postal Way
Myrtle Beach 29579
2019-10-04 - 2019-10-04
150023Myrtle Beach Greek Festival St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
3301 33rd Avenue Ext. North
Myrtle Beach 29577
2019-10-17 - 2019-10-20
1500712019 Fall Rally Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson
4710 South Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach 29575
2019-09-30 - 2019-10-06
150486Hurricane Alley Rally aka Fall Rally Suck Bang Blow
3393 Highway 17 Business
Murrells Inlet 29576
2019-09-30 - 2019-10-06
1222 PORT DR
2019-10-01 - 2019-10-05
151090Little River ShrimpFest Little River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center
4469 Mineola Avenue
2019-10-12 - 2019-10-13
151518Waccamaw Indian's 27th Annual Cultural Arts Festival and Pauwau Waccamaw Indian People
591 Bluewater Road
Aynor 29511
11/02/2019 - 11/03/2019