Beach Parking Permit

Beach goers who wish to park on Currituck County’s 4-wheel drive beach during the summer are required to have a county-issued beach parking permit displayed on their motor vehicle.

Parking passes are NOT REQUIRED on Currituck County beaches after Labor Day.

Key provisions in the policy include:

  • 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. Fees will be $50 for a 10-day parking pass (valid for 10 consecutive days).
  • NO REFUNDS will be issued for purchased parking passes. If you have a question, please call Currituck Travel & Tourism, 252-435-2947, before you purchase you pass.

The permit system does 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.

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

Types of Parking Permits

SeasonalThis permit is assigned to a specific vehicle and is good for the entire vacation season.   Seasonal permits are available to purchase for $150.

10-Day – This permit is available for purchase ($50) by individuals who want to park on the four-wheel drive beach but are not Currituck County residents or property owners.  This permit is assigned to a specific vehicle and is valid for a consecutive, 10-day term.

Resident/Owner – This seasonal permit is available at no fee to Currituck County residents and property owners.

Rules for Driving On The Beach 
  • Speed limit on the beach is 35 mph
  • Within 300 feet of any person, the speed limit is 15 mph
  • Watch for pedestrians, especially children
  • Be alert around the wild horses and other wildlife
  • Park vehicles in middle of beach strand
  • Watch for lane shifts
  • Vehicles are required to use driving lanes adjacent to the dune line between Milepost 14.5 and Milepost 17
  • Tire air pressure should be
    • 20 pounds per square inch (PSI) for SUV’s and 1/2 ton 4X4
    • 35 pounds per square inches (PSI) for 3/4 ton 4X4
  • Air up pressure stations are located at the Corolla Historic Park.

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Updated September 7, 2021