Beach Parking Permits Available

Beachgoers who wish to park on Currituck County’s four-wheel drive beach during the summer are required to have a county-issued beach parking permit displayed on their motor vehicle.

Examples of the Seasonal and 10 Day parking.Passes will be available beginning Monday, March 22, 2021 at the Moyock Welcome Center and the Corolla Visitor Center.

Permits WILL NOT be mailed.

  • County residents and property owners may receive 2 free parking permits for each property they own by providing proof of residency/ownership within Currituck County.
  • Persons owning on the off road area north of the North Beach Access Ramp whose property contains a house may obtain 2 additional permits at no fee.
  • Long-term renters are eligible for 2 free parking passes, but must provide proof of residence  (driver’s license, utility bills, etc.).
  • All others must pay a fee for a beach parking permit. These permits will be available for purchase from the Tourism Department on a 10-Day 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.

The Parking Permit section of this website has a wealth of information such as:

  • How to purchase permits;
  • Rules for driving on the beach;
  • Who is exempt from the permits.

These parking permits are for Currituck County Beaches ONLYCape Hatteras National Seashore beach parking passes are available on the National Park Service website.

Pick up Permits

Permits can be picked up between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week, beginning Monday, March 22, 2021.

NOTE: Remember all visitors and residents MUST wear a mask to enter our facilities.

OBX is Open; Beach Parking Permits Available

Currituck County, Dare County, and Hyde County lifted restrictions on entry for visitors on Saturday, May 16. Entry for visitors into Currituck County includes Corolla and the 4WD beaches, as well as campgrounds on the Currituck County mainland.

Before traveling to the Outer Banks, visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider to confirm their reservation and arrival plans. As visitors prepare for vacation, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is not over and certain state restrictions remain in effect to protect everyone’s safety.

  • Beaches are open for normal activity.
  • Social distancing guidelines are still in effect, including on the beach.
2020 Beach Parking Permits are required for vehicles parking on the 4WD beach in Corolla from May 22 to Labor Day.
Permits are available for pick-up at the Moyock Welcome Center or the Corolla Visitors Center.
No permit application or beach parking regulations certificate will be required this year. County residents and property owners may receive their free permits with a valid ID and proof of residency or property ownership, such as a tax record or utility bill. Visitors must have a valid ID and license plate # to purchase a permit.
If you have questions, call either the Moyock (252-435-2947) or Corolla (252-453-9612) location.

Superior Court denies injunction on beach parking permit

In Currituck County Superior Court on July 30, 2018, Superior Court Judge Jeffery Foster denied a preliminary injunction request from plaintiffs Sandra Schneiler and the Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association.  The plaintiffs sought an injunction prohibiting Currituck County’s enforcement of a county ordinance requiring parking permits on the county’s off-road area beach.

The Board of Commissioners adopted the ordinance on March 5, 2018, with the goal of enhancing public safety.  The four-wheel drive beach strand is a popular area shared by many vehicles and pedestrians.  The permit system is designed to control the number of vehicles on the beach and increase safety along the shoreline for pedestrians.  County residents and property owners receive free parking permits, while visitors can obtain permits for a fee.

On June 21, 2018, the Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association filed a lawsuit claiming the Currituck County ordinance violates a section of the North Carolina constitution regarding special privileges.  The group claims it is illegal for the county to allow its residents to park on the beach for free while requiring visitors to pay for their permits.

Currituck County must file its legal response to the lawsuit by August 20, 2018.  Updates on this case will be provided as information becomes available.

Announcements and Cancellations

County offices are staffed but open to the public by appointment only.

     Department of Social Services:

  • The Currituck County Department of Social Services (DSS) office will be open to citizens by appointment only.  Citizens may pick up the following paper applications without an appointment:  Medicaid, Food Nutrition Services, Work First (TANF), and Energy Assistance. There will also be forms for anyone reporting a change.  These applications will be located on a table just inside the first door to the DSS office, and will be available during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Citizens can also apply electronically for Medicaid and Food Nutrition Services via ePass at
  • All completed paper applications, review forms and/or verifications can be faxed, mailed or dropped off in the secure drop box located outside of the agency at any time.  Citizens can also contact the agency to speak to a staff member if they need additional information or if they need to email us. To make an appointment or speak to the staff, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Announcements & Cancellations

  • All county Library branches remain closed. *Check out the library’s online offerings and curbside pickup options at
  • The N.C. Cooperative Extension Center in Currituck is open by appointment. *Check out Extension’s online programs at
  • All Senior Center locations remain closed. Meal delivery service will continue.

  • The Department of Motor Vehicles mobile unit that visits the Currituck Cooperative Extension has been suspended until further notice.
  • For information regarding Superior Court, contact the Clerk of Court office at 252-232-6200. The Clerk of Court office will remain staffed during normal business hours.
  • All inmate visitation and jail programs at the Currituck County Detention Center are cancelled until further notice. Citizens may use to deposit money into a family member’s account.

Build Responsibly

If a property is located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (flood zone AE, A, or VE on the Flood Insurance Rate Map) the property is subject to floodplain development regulations, which are found in the County Unified Development Ordinance.  Without these regulations, flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) would not be available to property owners in Currituck County.

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New Structures

Before starting development on any lot, tract or parcel, the owner or developer must first contact Planning and Community Development to determine what permits will be required.

All new construction requires  2 feet of freeboard in addition to the National Flood Insurance Program base flood elevation.

The lowest floor joist and all associated ductwork and equipment servicing the structure must be elevated to one foot above the designated base flood elevation (BFE).

Existing Structures

Regulations also exist for improving, reconstructing or repairing a structure.  If repair, reconstruction, or improvement costs equal or exceed 50% of the pre-damage market value of a structure, it is considered substantially damaged.

The property owner is required to flood proof or elevate the structure to or above 2 feet above base flood elevation.

Technical Bulletins

Technical Bulletins provide guidance concerning the building performance standards of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

New bulletins, as well as updates of existing bulletins, are issued periodically as needed. The bulletins do not create regulations, rather they provide specific guidance for complying with the minimum requirements of existing NFIP regulations.