Rules and Regulations

This page contains the following Rules and Regulations approved by The Board Governors



Homeowners and Guest Rules as of 2016

Quonochontaug Central Beach Fire District

The following rules and regulations for 2016 have been promulgated for Owners, their Tenants
and Guests, to further the maximum peace and enjoyment of Central Beach.

Fire codes require operative smoke detectors in all houses.
House numbers must be prominently displayed on homes.
The posting of tradesmen’s and realtor signage is strongly discouraged.
Homeowners are responsible to inform contractors and subcontractors of The Community Consensus towards Summer Construction (posted on website).
No major construction, demolition, or excavation during the months of July and August.
All other construction is limited to weekdays between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Property owners are required to maintain the unimproved section of the District’s rights-of-way adjoining their property per QCBFD Rules. (details posted on website)

Guest passes are required for vehicle access to the parking lot on Weekends.
No picnics, food or beverages shall be brought onto the beach.
No throwing of balls or Frisbees near people.
No surfboards, kayaks and other hard-edged craft may be taken onto the beach.
No surfing, skimboarding or jet skiing is permitted near swimmers.
Bicycles must be parked in bike racks.
No dogs or other animals are permitted on the beach.

Use is limited to Owners, Tenants, and their Guests.
Users must register, in person, for reserved time slot on sign up sheet at courts.

No parking is permitted in the Beach Parking Lot, Tennis Court area or Boat Landing area without an authorized and current beach sticker or guest card; this includes golf carts.
No overnight parking is permitted on streets or in public areas.
Beach Parking Lot is closed and locked at 8:00 pm.


The Community Property Committee contracts for homeowners' pickup of trash and recyclables. Pickup service is every Monday.  During the moths of July and August there will be an additional Friday pickup. 

The reuse collection service will not pick up anything but normal household trash.  Brush, furniture, grass clippings, boat parts and such must be taken to the dump.  A permit is required to use the dump or home owners may contact any hauler to arrange for a special pick up at their expense.

If you should need to arrange a special pick-up, QCBFD contracts services from Steve Piccolo and Sons Trash Haulers and can be reached at 401-954-2715.

Refuse must be in tight fitting containers that are animal proof.

By Town ordinance, all houesholds are required to recycle.  RI state website for information regarding recycling rules is:


1-Watering of lawns and shrubs using water from the QCBFD community wells is limited to hand held sprinkling devices only. No soakers or sprinklers at the end of hoses. This rule applies year round.
2-Between June 30th and the Tuesday after Labor Day we ask that residents make an effort to do outside watering only before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.

Speed Limit on all Central Beach Roads – 15 MPH
Low speed vehicle /golf cart is restricted to persons who possess a valid, state issued license.
No Outside Burning without permit.
Watering of lawns and shrubs is limited to hand held sprinkling devices when using QCBFD community water. Residents are asked to do outside watering only before 8 AM and after 8 PM.

Pick- up of dog waste and proper disposal is mandatory.
Dogs shall be leashed at all times.

Emergency 911 Dunns Corners Fire Station 401 322-0577
Charlestown Police 401 364-1212 Charlestown Dog Officer 401 364-1211
State Police Hope Valley Barracks 401 539-2411 Coast Guard Pt. Judith 401 789-0444

For a printable version click here

Golf Cart Usage

Regulations Governing the Use of Low-Speed Vehicles/Golf Carts:
The rules and regulations listed below pertain to the use of low-speed vehicles/golf carts on Central Beach roads and community property, including parking lots and rights of way. Such rules are intended to guide QCBFD residents toward the safe operation of such vehicles.
1.Operation of a low-speed vehicle/golf cart is restricted to those persons who possess a valid, state-issued, motor vehicle operators’ license.
2.Operators must obey the maximum speed limit of 15 miles per hour on all Central Beach roads.
3.The number of passengers allowed is limited to the number of seats available on the low-speed vehicle/golf cart.
3.1 The number of passenger seats is based upon the manufacturer’s
specifications and may not be modified by the owner and/or operator.
3.2 All passengers must remain seated at all times during operation.
4.No persons shall operate a low-speed vehicle/golf cart in a careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another.
5.Headlamps and appropriate rear lighting or reflectors are required for all operation during the hours between sunset and sunrise.
6.Low-speed vehicles/golf carts are subject to the identical rules and regulations as all motor vehicles and automobiles with respect to parking in any/all QCBFD parking lots, including the beach, boat launch and tennis court parking lots. Such rules include, but are not limited to, the requirement for QCBFD parking stickers/passes in all parking lots. No low-speed vehicle/golf cart may park in any QCBFD parking lot without the requisite parking sticker and/or pass required of all motor vehicles and automobiles.
7.It is the responsibility of each low-speed vehicle/golf cart owner to maintain liability insurance, either as separate motor vehicle insurance or as a rider on such owner’s homeowner’s insurance.  

  • NOTE: QCBFD does not provide advice to residents about the scope or adequacy of their individual insurance coverage. We have been informed that neither a standard home owner’s policy nor a standard motor vehicle policy may cover the use of golf carts in QCBFD and that a separate policy designed specifically for golf carts may be necessary to obtain such coverage. Residents should consult their own advisers and agents to determine what insurance they may need.


Operation of low speed vehicles/golf carts on town roads adjacent to Central Beach is enforced by the Charlestown Police Department. Such roads include: West Beach Road, Sea Breeze Avenue and Sunset Drive.


Bicycle Safety

In recognition of the fact that bicycle accidents are a major cause of head injury and helmets are known to significantly reduce the incidence and severity of head trauma and, in recognition of that fact many states, including Rhode Island, have enacted laws requiring bike helmets for children riding on bikes on public roadways, all children fifteen years of age and younger should wear helmets when riding on bikes on QCBFD private roads.

Adopted at 2016 Annual Meeting

New Construction and Septic Work 

While building permits and zoning variance requests are directed to and approved by the Charlestown authorities, QCBFD has an inherent interest in all projects based upon the proximity of these properties to the public water supply lines. 

If you or your contractor are going to do any digging within 15' of Central Beach owned roads, in our roadway or anywhere near the water shutoffs, please contact the Chair of the Public Works Committee at

Road Boundaries and Maintaining Right of Ways    

Central Beach owns the roadways to a 40 foot width measured as follows: From 5 feet inside the telephone poles across the opposite side of the street or 35' from the utility pole line. The moving of mailboxes or other plantings located on this property must be done in cooperation with the Fire District. Further the Fire District has the right to disturb and not replace any plantings, boulders or improvements within said road boundaries in the course of maintaining the roads and its water system.


Property owners are required to maintain all tress, shrubbery and grasses and other improvements and/or fixtures within the unimproved section of the District’s rights-of-way adjoining their property, in a manner to prevent unsafe or dangerous conditions.
This includes :
1. The removal, by the property owner, of any obstruction that impairs safe or free movement on District roads and maintenance of adequate sight lines at corners for safety.
2. The maintenance, by the property over, of all trees overhanging District roads, to a height of no less than 13.5 feet above District roads to provide access by the Fire Department.


Road Impact Fees and Deposits
  • For New, Replacement or Repair Septic Systems

Homeowners are to provide the Public Works Committee with a copy of the approved ISDS plan showing the correct placement of our ( Central Beach 's) water lines for new, replacement or repair septic systems, and that an impact fee of $500 be charged by the Treasurer.

  • For Construction Projects over $50,000 
1. A Road Impact fee of $1000 will be collected in for any construction project over $50,000 for which a permit is issued. The impact fee will be collected on the anniversary date in each year in which the construction occurs.

2. At the same time the Road Impact Fee is collected a security deposit of $5,000 will also be collected by the District, to be held in a non- interest bearing, segregated account, pending the inspection and approval by the Public Works Committee that the District right-of-way and the assets of the District within the right-of-way have been adequately repaired, restored and protected.

Summer Construction Rules

No major construction, demolition, or excavation during the months of July and August. Start all non-emergency construction after Labor Day.

  1. No construction on weekends unless for emergencies
  2. No construction before 8 AM or after 6 PM.
  3. No construction vehicles parked on roads or adjacent properties
  4. Workers to keep radio and voice volume low, yards clean, and dumpsters emptied regularly
Homeowners are responsible to inform their contractors and subcontractors of the above.


In Ground Sprinkler Systems 

Homeowners who have underground sprinkler systems may not be connected to the Central Beach Public Water System. The Public Works Committee will continue to assess compliance.

Water Cross Connections  
There are strict rules forbidding "cross connections" of private water systems, wells, and the connection of in-ground watering systems to the District Water System.  If you have any questions on these restrictions, please contact