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Beaches and seafront


  1. Overview
  2. Staying safe at the coast
  3. Dogs and beaches
  4. Seals on the beach
  5. Boat launching ramp
  6. Sandhaven - Seaside Award
  7. Lifebelts and water safety equipment
  8. Water sports licensing
  9. Keeping our beaches clean
  10. Adapted wheelchairs


South Tyneside Council is responsible for the management of the foreshore including both Sandhaven and Littlehaven beaches.

For information about our beaches, go to Visit South Tyneside: Beaches and coast.

Staying safe at the coast

Make sure that you know how to enjoy the beautiful South Tyneside coast safely.

Staying safe at the coast

Dogs and beaches

Dogs are excluded from Sandhaven beach between 8am and 6pm, from 1 May to 30 September each year.

A person in charge of any dog contravening this Order will be guilty of an offence and liable to a fixed penalty of £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within 7 days).

If the fine is not paid, the Council will prosecute at Magistrates' Court, where those found guilty of committing an offence can be fined a maximum of £1,000 (current rate). 

If you have a complaint or enquiry, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 0191 427 7000.

For more information, see Public Spaces Protection Orders for dog fouling and dog control.

Seals on the beach

Seals sometimes rest on the shoreline, especially during bad weather. 

If you see a seal, please: 

  • keep your distance
  • do not approach the seal

For more information on what to do if you spot a seal, see British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Boat launching ramp

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Boat launching ramp

Any new permit requests are suspended at the moment. This is due to safety concerns raised by our partners at Northumbria Police, the Port of Tyne and other riparian authorities, together with the permit issuing office being closed to the public.

Existing permits from 2019 who have been unable to renew from March 2020 will still be valid.

This is currently under review and we are investigating alternative methods of issuing permits.

The Council operates a launching ramp on the River Tyne adjacent to South Shields Sailing Club off Harbour Drive. You will need a licence and appropriate insurance.


  • £29.05 for one day licence
  • £71.30 per year, plus £20 registration (club)
  • £96.65 per year, plus £20 registration (private)

For more information contact Eleanor Hopkins, Outdoor Facilities Officer on 0191 424 7939 or email

Sandhaven - Seaside Award

Sandhaven Beach holds a Seaside Award from the country's leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy. 

The Award recognises that visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed coastline.

For more information about Sandhaven Beach, go to:  

Visit South Tyneside: Sandhaven Beach

Lifebelts and water safety equipment

South Tyneside Council maintains water safety equipment including lifebelts and throw-lines at a number of Foreshore and Riverside locations:

  • Pelaw Quay
  • Hebburn Marina
  • Hebburn Riverside
  • Jarrow Riverside
  • Mill Dam
  • Market Dock
  • Littlehaven Housing

If you notice any equipment missing or vandalised please contact 0191 427 7000 or email

Water sports licensing

To hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedallos and larger boats) that are for personal use or carrying passengers, you may need a licence.

Pleasure boats licences

Keeping our beaches clean 

Find out what we do, and what you can do to help: 

Keeping our beaches clean

Adapted wheelchairs

Local charity Beach Access North East can provide you with specially adapted wheelchairs and equipment. These help with moving along the sand and in the sea.

They can be picked up from Sandhaven Beach, South Shields.

For more information on this free service, including booking details, please visit Beach Access North East or call 0300 999 4444.

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