Welcome to Fripp
Pursuant to the General Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, the Association has the authority to develop reasonable Rules and Regulations, including Architectural Guidelines and Private Property Maintenance Standards, and to enforce such Rules and Regulations, the Declaration, and Bylaws. The Rules and Regulations shall apply to all property owners, residents, occupants, visitors, guests, and tenants. These Covenants and Restrictions are accepted by property owners upon purchase of the property and are an obligation of property ownership and/or residency. The General Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions that govern Fripp Island take precedence over any conflicting language that may appear in the Rules and Regulations, Private Property Maintenance Standards, or Architectural Guidelines. It is important to note that while Fripp Island is a private community, owners and guests remain responsible to adhere to all existing federal, state, local laws, regulations, and ordinances. This includes any and all environmental and wildlife regulatory matters.
The following words and terms, when used within these Rules and Regulations, shall have the
1. Abusive Conduct is defined as, but not limited to, abusive language, insults, threats,
unwanted advances (physical or otherwise), or assault or battery.
2. Association means the Fripp Island Property Owners Association.
3. Commercial Vehicle means all motor vehicles and equipment that are engaged in
4. Community Path means the paved paths throughout the community used for the
enjoyment of all property owners, residents, occupants, visitors, guests, and tenants
Community paths are regularly used by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, maintenance
equipment, and golf carts.
5. Firearm is defined as a barreled weapon of any description from which any shot,
bullet or other missile can be discharged. It includes any prohibited weapon,
whether a lethal weapon or not.
6. Habitual means three or more times in 12 consecutive months.
7. Inoperable Vehicle means any vehicle that cannot be moved by its own power.
8. Member means any individual listed as the legal property owner of record.
9. Overnight parking means any vehicle which is not being operated between the hours of
3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
10. Pedestrian means any person afoot and shall include, without limitation, persons
standing, walking, jogging, running, or otherwise on foot.
11. Political means anything relating to the government or the public affairs of a country,
state, county, or municipality.
Certain rules are established to ensure that all residents, members and their guests enjoy their
experience at Fripp Island. As such, it is imperative that everyone takes personal responsibility
for those actions that impact the community as a whole.
1. The Rules and Regulations shall apply to all property owners, residents, occupants,
visitors, guests, and tenants. Property owners and residents are responsible for their own
conduct and the conduct of their family members, tenants, and guests.
2. Criminal acts pursuant to all Federal, State, local laws and ordinances, will not be
tolerated, and violators will be prosecuted to the extent of the law.
3. Members, residents, Resort Club members, guests, employees, and vendors will be
held legally and financially responsible for any damage, intentional or otherwise, to
4. The General Manager is responsible for the performance and conduct of Association
employees. In order to promote harmony in the workplace and protect employees and
volunteers, abusive conduct toward an Association employee, committee member,
board member or other volunteer in the conduct of Association business is prohibited.
Any complaints about an Association employee shall be made to the General
Fripp Island is a private, gated community, and entry by the general public is prohibited.
Persons seeking entry must be identified at the gatehouse to determine their purpose. The
Association reserves the right to limit access to any person when it considers it to be in the best
interest of the community.
1. All vehicles entering the community must display the appropriate decal, pass or possess
other approved access authority to be permitted on the island. Drivers of vehicles
without a valid decal or pass must stop and be processed at the security gatehouse for
authority to enter the island.
2. Residents and members must preauthorize all visitors via phone, internet, or mobile app
or provide a list of visitors by name to the Security Department. If a visitor has not been
preauthorized and the resident or member cannot be reached, access may be delayed or
3. Residents and members must preauthorize individuals and companies conducting
business on Fripp Island. However, anyone conducting business on the island must have
a daily pass or annual decal. Some exceptions apply and are at the sole discretion of the
Association, e.g., emergency services, government vehicles, public utilities, or medical
VEHICLES, TRAFFIC AND PARKING
Drivers of all vehicles, including golf carts and bicycles when driven upon a roadway, must
comply with the Rules of the Road for the state of South Carolina, which may be found in the
South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 56 – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 5, Uniform Act Regulating
Traffic on Highways and the Rules and Regulations of the Association. Additionally, The
Association has the following specific traffic enforcement rules.
Control of parking is essential to maintain the aesthetics of the community, public
safety, and to ensure emergency vehicle access. The Association has the following
specific parking enforcement rules.
Click here to see the complete list of rules and additional information
Streets within Fripp Island have multi-modal (pedestrian, bicycle, and golf cart) paths that
intersect with the roadway. When driven upon a roadway, golf carts shall comply with the Rules
of the Road for the state of South Carolina, which may be found in the South Carolina Code of
Laws, Title 56 – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 5, Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways and
the Rules and Regulations of the Association. Additionally, the Association has the following
specific traffic enforcement rules regarding golf carts.
A. Unregistered Golf Cart: All privately-owned golf carts are required to
be registered with the Association’s Security Department. $200.00
Golf Cart Registration Fees
1. Rental Golf Cart(s): Gas – $25.00 and Electric – $15.00
2. Guest Golf Cart(s): $100.00
3. Owner Golf Cart(s): No Charge
B. Unregistered golf carts parked on the Association’s common
property are subject to tow at the owner’s expense and charged an
administration fee. $100.00
C. Golf cart owners must have and maintain liability insurance on all
golf carts operating on Association property or roadways. $100.00
D. Any person operating a golf cart must have in their possession a
valid driver’s license. $100.00
E. Golf cart capacity limits must be observed, and all passengers must be
seated. Standing or hanging on to the cart while in motion is prohibited. $100.00
F. Operating a Golf Cart without Proper Equipment, to include
operational head lights, taillights, brake lights, and a rear-view mirror. $100.00
G. It is the parent, guardian, or adult caretaker’s responsibility to ensure that
all children are safely secured while traveling in a golf cart. Further, it is
a violation of Fripp Island rules for a child to be transported on the lap
of the golf cart operator. $200.00
H. Golf carts that are disabled, abandoned, unlawfully parked, or parked in
an unsafe manner on Association property, are subject to tow at the
owner’s expense and charged an administrative fee. $200.00
The Association strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for residents and visitors
alike. The public safety mission is to serve, protect, prevent, and deter crime and social
disorder, while working in concert with the community to problem solve and address quality
of life challenges. The South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 16 defines the criminal code, that
all residents and visitors are subject to. Additionally, the Association has the following
specific rules regulating public safety.
Section IV: PUBLIC SAFETY
A. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm: It shall be unlawful, for any person, to
unlawfully discharge any type of firearm on Fripp Island, which is a
designated Wildlife Sanctuary under South Carolina Law. $200.00
B. Open Carry of a Firearm Prohibited: Open Carry of a Firearm on
Association property is prohibited. $500.00
C. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm – Non-Gun Powder or other Weapon: It
shall be unlawful for any person, to unlawfully discharge any pellet or bb gun,
air soft or paint ball firearm, sling-shot, bow and arrow, cross bow, or any
similar device on Association property. $100.00
D. Unlawful Discharge of Fireworks: It shall be unlawful to discharge or
cause to be ignited or discharged any type of fireworks. $100.00
E. Disorderly Conduct: It shall be unlawful for any person to create or assist in
creating a breach of the peace, or to engage in any conduct that alarms or
disturbs another person.
1. Any person who shall act in a violent or tumultuous manner toward
another, whereby any person is placed in fear of safety or wellbeing;
2. Any person who shall act in a violent or tumultuous manner toward
another, whereby property of any person is placed in danger of being
destroyed or damaged;
3. Any person who shall cause, provoke or engage in any fight, brawl
or riotous conduct so as to endanger the life, limb, health or property
4. Any person who utters in the presence of another, any lewd, obscene
or offensive words or epithets;
5. Any person who shall create or cause any disturbance as annoyance
to the comfort or repose of any person;
6. Any person who, within public view, urinates, defecates, or displays
body parts in a lewd manner. $200.00
F. Curfew: It shall be unlawful for a minor, under the age of 18, to be on the
roadway or any other common area, between the hours of 12:00 AM and
5:00 AM unless accompanied by their parent or guardian. $50.00
G. Curfew – Golf Cart: It shall be unlawful to operate any golf cart by persons
under 18 years of age between 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM on any roadway or
common area. $50.00
H. Excessive Noise: It shall be unlawful to willfully disturb any person(s)
with excessive noise, through the use of any devices or other means which is
audible from a distance of one hundred (100) feet from its source. $100.00
I. Trespassing: It shall be unlawful for any person to enter any area or property
of another, that is posted for No Trespassing or after being ordered to leave
the property by the appropriate authority. $100.00
J. Criminal Damage to Property: It shall be unlawful for anyone to damage
the property of others or the Association, without the owner’s consent. $500.00
K. Unlawful Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: It shall
be unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, or
consume an alcoholic beverage or knowingly provide false information
to obtain alcohol. $200.00
L. Littering: It shall be a violation for any person to willfully dump, throw,
drop, deposit, discard or otherwise dispose of litter or other solid waste
from solid waste from a vehicle or otherwise; upon public or private
M. Dumping: Dumping any type of debris, natural or otherwise on Association
or other private property, without permission, is prohibited. $100.00
N. Open Burning or Recreational Fires: Recreational fires and the open burning
of leaves, trash, underbrush, or similar materials on Association or common
property are prohibited. $100.00
O. Solicitation: It is unlawful for any person to distribute, spread or scatter
handbills, posters, advertisements, menus, booklets, or other papers upon
community paths, streets, or into or upon any public or private premises or
on or into any vehicles. $100.00
PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT
South Carolina has enacted a statute known as a “parental responsibility law.” These are civil
laws that can be used to hold a parent or legal guardian financially accountable for certain
injuries or damages their minor children cause. South Carolina’s civil liability law is
covered under Section 63-5-60 of the South Carolina Children’s Code. Under Sec. 63-5-60,
a parent can be held liable for damages incurred as a result of their son or daughter’s
misconduct. That is if the minor is under the age of eighteen and living with the parents and
the minor maliciously or willfully caused personal injury to someone, or damaged,
destroyed, or stole someone else’s property.
Section V: PARENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
Parental Accountability: A parent can be held liable for damages incurred as a result of their
son or daughter’s misconduct. That is if the minor is under the age of eighteen and living
with the parents and the minor maliciously or willfully caused personal injury to someone,
or damaged, destroyed, or stole someone else’s property.
A. Where a parent fails to exercise reasonable control over a Minor, where the Minor
commits the act while unsupervised by a parent or guardian, or where the Minor
commits the act while also violating curfew without lawful authority, it shall be
presumed that such failure to exercise reasonable control has a causal relationship to the
B. Parental Accountability: It shall be a violation of the Fripp Island POA Rules and
Regulations for a parent who fails to exercise due control over their respective
Minor(s), where the Minor commits a delinquent act, which does not include traffic
C. Civil Liability: Pursuant to Section 63-5-60 of the South Carolina Children’s
Code, a parent can be held liable for damages incurred as a result of their son or
daughter’s misconduct, up to $5,000.00 per incident.
ANIMAL CONTROL AND WILDLIFE PROTECTION
The Association’s goal is to create an environment that allows our diverse wildlife population
to safely coexist with our residents, visitors, and support personnel. Fripp Island is a
designated Wildlife Sanctuary under the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 50 – Fish, Game,
and Watercraft, Chapter 11 – Protection of Game, Section 50-11-880, whereas Wildlife
Sanctuaries declared in certain areas; makes it is unlawful to discharge a firearm or attempt
to take or kill wildlife. Further, all State of South Carolina and Federal laws applying to the
preservation and protection of wildlife are applicable on Fripp Island.
A. Dog(s) running at Large or Unleashed: A dog is deemed to be running
at large if off the premises of the owner or keeper and not under the
physical control of the owner or keeper by means of a leash or other
similar restraining device. $50.00
B. Failure to Properly Dispose of Dog Waste: Domestic pet owners or their
designee who is responsible for their pet(s), are required to appropriate
clean up their domestic pet’s waste and dispose of it in the
appropriate container. $50.00
C. Possession of a Vicious Dog is Prohibited: Possession of any dog
evidencing an abnormal inclination to attack persons or animals without
provocation is prohibited. $500.00
D. Taunting, Tormenting, Striking, Harassing, or Harming in any way
Domestic Pets or Wildlife is prohibited: It is prohibited to willfully
or maliciously harass, taunt or harm domestic pets or wildlife. $500.00
E. Interference with the Use of a Guide Dog or other Service Animal is
Prohibited: It is unlawful for any person or the person’s dog, who has
received notice that his/her behavior is interfering with the use of a
guide dog or other service animal by obstructing, intimidating, or
jeopardizing the safety of the guide dog or service animal or its user. $250.00
F. Approaching, Enticing, Feeding, Disturbing, Harassing, or in any way
Harming Alligators is Prohibited: No person shall approach, entice,
disturb, harass or in any way harm alligators. $500.00
G. Feeding deer or other wildlife on Association property or common area
is prohibited. $50.00
ENFORCEMENT AND NOTICE OF FINES
Pursuant to the Covenants, in the event of a violation of the Declaration (of Covenants),
Bylaws, or Rules and Regulations, the Association, by its Board of Directors, shall have the
power to take any of the following actions separately or simultaneously:
A. Suspend all rights to use the Common Property;
B. Suspend all voting rights of a violating Owner;
C. Increase an Owner’s annual assessment to cover any outstanding fines or fees;
D. Impose reasonable fines, which shall constitute a lien on the violating Owner’s lot;
E. Owners are ultimately responsible for the fines imposed upon any occupant, guest,
renter, or invitee;
F. Bring an action for damages, permanent injunction, temporary injunction, and/or
specific performance to compel the Violator to cease and/or correct the violation;
G. Record in the Beaufort County land records a notice of violation identifying any
uncured violation of the Legal Documents regarding a property.
An individual who has been issued a citation or summons has the right to have their case
reviewed by the Appeals Committee. The individual requesting an appeal must notify the
General Manager in writing within ten (10) calendar days of the issuance of the citation and
pay the fine to post as bond pending the outcome of the appeal. The Appeals Committee must
acknowledge receipt of the request for an appeal and notify the appellant that the Appeals
Committee has scheduled the appeal for review. Once the Appeals Committee has reviewed
the case and rendered a decision, it will notify the appellant of the outcome in writing.