Beach Parking Permit
Beachgoers who wish to park on Currituck County’s four-wheel drive beach this summer will need a county-issued beach parking permit displayed on their motor vehicle.
This new permit system was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in an effort to increase safety in the four-wheel drive area, where large numbers of people and vehicles mix on a daily basis during the summer tourist season.
The permit system will be effective from the Friday before Memorial Day until Labor Day. Key provisions in the policy include:
- All county residents and property owners may receive a free Seasonal permit for each vehicle they own by providing proof of ownership and current liability insurance. The permits will be issued specific to each vehicle.
- County residents who live north of the North Beach Access Ramp may obtain two additional Guest permits. These permits will not be specific to a motor vehicle and may be used by guests of the resident.
- Owners of a property located north of the North Beach Access Ramp that is in a rental program may receive two additional Guest permits. These are not specific to motor vehicles and may be used by renters staying at the property.
- All others must pay a fee for a beach parking permit. These permits will be available for purchase from the Tourism Department on a temporary or seasonal basis. Fees will be $50 for a 10-day parking pass (valid for 10 consecutive days) and $150 for a Seasonal pass.
Types of Parking Permits
- Seasonal – This permit is assigned to a specific vehicle and is good for the entire vacation season. Seasonal permits are free to county residents and property owners. Others may purchase a Seasonal permit for $150.
- 10-Day – This permit is available for purchase ($50) by individuals who are not renting a home in Corolla and want to park on the four-wheel drive beach. This would apply to day-trippers or those staying outside of Corolla.
Full-time residents in the four-wheel drive area are also allowed to receive two Guest permits. These permits are valid through the entire season and are not assigned to a specific vehicle.
Owners of a property in a vacation rental program will have the option of allowing their property management company to distribute weekly Visitor permits to renters. The county will provide these Visitor permits to the property management companies at the beginning of the season.
Likewise, individual property owners who rent their homes, such as AirBnB, may also receive Visitor passes to distribute each week to renters.
The new permit system will not apply to:
- county vehicles
- emergency vehicles
- any government agency conducting beach restoration
- scientific research
- animal protection
- commercial fishermen
- outdoor tour operators when actively engaging in a tour
- or hunters who are using state or federal land located within the Currituck Outer Banks.
At this time, the county is preparing the new permit application system and the beach parking permits. When everything is ready, applications may be completed online or mailed in to the county offices. Permits may either be mailed to citizens or picked up in person at the Tourism Department.
For more information on the beach parking permit, you may contact:
Currituck Tourism Department – 252-435-2947
County Administrative office – 252-232-2075
Parking On The Beach Questions & Answers
1. Where can I get a beach parking permit?
You may obtain permits in the mail or in person. To receive your permits in the mail, complete the online application and request the mailing option. To apply and receive a permit in person, visit the Moyock Welcome Center or Corolla Visitors Center.
Vacationers who are renting a house should first contact their rental property manager. Property management companies will be distributing Visitor permits to renters.
2. How much do I have to pay for a permit?
If you are a county resident or property owner, you may receive one free permit for each vehicle you own. In addition, full-time residents in the four-wheel drive area may receive two free Guest permits.
All others may purchase a 10-day permit for $50 or a seasonal permit for $150.
- 3. Where can I get a permit application?
4. What information do I need to provide?
County residents and property owners will need to provide proof of residency or ownership of county property. This may be done with property tax information or utility bills. For each vehicle, you must provide a valid vehicle registration as proof of ownership and current liability insurance.
5. What happens if I lose my permit?
If you have lost a 10-day, Seasonal, or Guest permit, please contact the Tourism Department at 252-435-2947 to purchase a replacement.
If you are a vacationer staying in a rental home who has lost a Visitor permit, please contact your property management company.
6. I am a county resident on the mainland. Can I get a free Guest permit for my friends or relatives?
No. The Guest permit is only available for full-time residents in the four-wheel drive area.
7. If I’m a county resident and I get a new truck, can I still use the Seasonal permit from my old vehicle?
No, a Seasonal permit is assigned to a specific vehicle. You will have to provide proof of ownership and current liability insurance on the new truck to get a Seasonal permit for it.
8. Do I need a permit to visit friends who live in the 4-wheel drive area?
You do not need a permit to drive down the beach road to visit someone in the 4-wheel drive area. You only need a permit if you are planning to park on the beach.
9. Do I need a permit to get to a job site in the 4-wheel drive area?
You do not need a permit to drive down the beach road to get to a job site in the 4-wheel drive area. You only need a permit if you are planning to park on the beach.
10. Will I need to get new permits for my vehicles every year?
Yes. The beach parking permits must be renewed each year.
Updated April 18, 2018