Beach Hut Terms and Conditions

The Licence

1.  The Licence shall be for the period referred to in your official invoice.

2.  The Licence fee for the said period shall be paid in full before a key is issued. The key must be returned to the Swanage Information Centre by 22:00 hrs on the date stated on the booking form, otherwise there will be an additional charge levied of one day’s hire (at the applicable rate) for late return. There will be a charge of £25.00 for a lost key.

3.  The Council may at any time without assigning any reason, terminate this Licence, and on doing so shall return to the Licensee the portion of charge paid in respect of any unexpired period.

4.  The Licensee will be held responsible for any damage caused to the beach hut, furniture, fixtures and fittings, otherwise than by reasonable and fair use. When absent from the beach hut, all electrical appliances except a refrigerator, should be switched off - this includes the light. All items must be locked inside and not left unattended at any time. NB – the onus is on the licensee to ensure that all electrical equipment is in good working order before use inside the beach hut, and that Swanage Town Council will not take responsibility for any misuse.

5.  The Licensee shall not deposit or permit to be deposited in or near the hut any rubbish or other material except in such receptacles as may be provided by the Council for such purpose and shall not permit the hut to become dirty or untidy.

6. All litter and personal belongings must be removed from the beach hut upon departure. Any cost incurred by the Council for cleaning, damage, waste collection and disposal will be charged to the Licensee.

7.  The Council reserves the right to take any action which may be necessary for the protection of the beach hut, which includes entering the beach hut at any time, and also removing any belongings which may have been left ‘after’ the booking period has ended.

8.  The Council accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to goods or articles left in huts.

9.  The Licensee shall not transfer this Licence to any other person and shall not allow any person to use the beach hut in return for payment.

10.  The Licensee shall not use or permit any persons to use the hut or permit it to be used or occupied:

(a) As a residence or as overnight sleeping accommodation.

(b) For advertisement display or sale of goods, products or services including religious material, unless by prior arrangement with Swanage Town Council.

11.  The Licensee shall not cause or permit a nuisance in or around the beach hut or anything which shall cause annoyance, inconvenience, or disturbance to the occupiers of neighbouring huts, or to the public.

12.  The Licensee shall not play or use, or permit to be used, in or near the hut, any musical or other instrument capable of reproducing music or other sounds so as to cause nuisance or annoyance to any adjoining or neighbouring Licensee of the Council or the neighbourhood, unless an event has been agreed by Swanage Town Council.

13.  There is reserved to the Information Centre Manager, acting as Agent for and on behalf of the Council, the authority not to accept an application for the hire of any beach hut.

14.  Smoking and vaping is prohibited in all beach huts.

15. The use of gas appliances and barbecues is not permitted in or around the beach huts.

16. The Licensee is responsible for all personal portable electrical appliances brought in to the beach hut and should have them tested (PAT) before use; and that all appliances to be switched off/unplugged when not in use.

17. Personal data collected by the Town Council will only be used for the management of the beach huts and to inform customers about future beach hut booking releases. The Town Council’s Privacy Policy provides further information. If you would like to unsubscribe from our mailing list, please respond to stating UNSUBSCRIBE.

Booking Fees and Regulations

All communications should be addressed to the Swanage Information Centre, The White House, Shore Road, Swanage, BH19 1LB. Telephone: 01929 766018, or via email to:

1.  Weekly bookings commence on a Saturday at 9:00 hrs of the Licence period, to 22:00 hrs on the last day of the Licence period (Friday). For bookings of less than one week, the licence runs from either 9:00 or 10:00 hrs (depending on the day of the week) on the first day to 22:00 hrs on the last day.

2.  Full fees are payable on confirmation of booking. Refunds will not be made in respect of a cancellation received less than 30 days before the booking date.

3.  An administration charge of £20.00 or 15% of the total booking fee, whichever is the greater, will be made in the event of any change of booking, or if a refund is requested which is more than 30 days from the booking date.

4.  Bookings not claimed 48 hours after the start of the Licence period will not continue to be reserved. In such cases, the customer will be contacted by the Swanage Information Centre, unless they have previously been advised by the customer of any extenuating circumstances.

5.  Keys can be collected from the Swanage Information Centre - open daily from 10:00 hrs to 16:30 hrs (closing at 16:00 hrs on Sundays only from November until Easter) NB – we open at 09:00 hrs on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.

6.  All huts must be vacated by 22:00 hrs on the last day of the Licence period and keys returned to the post box at the Swanage Information Centre.

Please be aware

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from the 1st May to 30th September inclusive.

The launching of boats from the beach opposite the beach huts is prohibited. Licensees launching boats should use the Town Council's Boat Park.

The Licensee is permitted to use any of the taps on the Promenade and is requested to use the same with care to avoid waste of water.

Revised 16th November 2022



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