Hilton Head Island
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As a general rule, the Town does not issue a permit for picket lines or other forms of public assembly unless the number of participants is expected to be 250 or more at any one time.
For the purposes of this Town Public Assembly Policy, the following definitions will apply:
No person may engage in or conduct any public assembly on town owned property or upon publicly owned streets unless prior written permission is received from the Town Manager, or his designee.
The Town Manager shall approve a request when he finds that:
The Town Manager shall not discriminate in granting or denying approvals under this policy based upon political, religious, ethnic, race, disability, sexual orientation or gender related grounds.
Each public assembly approval shall state the following information:
The responsible person and all participants shall comply with all directions and conditions included in the approval letter and with all applicable laws and ordinances.
The Town Manager, in denying a request for a public assembly, may authorize the conduct of the public assembly at a date, time, location, or route different from that named by the requesting party. An applicant desiring to accept an alternate approval shall file a written notice of acceptance with the Town Manager.
The Town Manager, or law enforcement, shall have the authority to revoke the approval for public assembly instantly upon violation of the conditions for issuance as set forth in this policy or when a public emergency arises where the law enforcement resources required for that emergency are so great that deployment of law enforcement services for the public assembly would have an immediate and adverse effect upon the welfare and safety of persons or property.
Peaceful picketing in the furtherance of a lawful purpose shall be allowed in the Town without a permit being required, provided the picketing is done under the following conditions:
Contact Diane Busch, Town Staff Attorney at DianeB@hiltonheadislandsc.gov or 843-341-4633.