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.
The permit system will be effective from the Friday before Memorial Day through 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.
- 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.
NOTE: Long term renters will need to contact their landlords.
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.
Types of Parking Permits
Seasonal – This 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.
Updated May 12, 2020