Re-Entry Permits

Resident Re-Entry

Re-entry checkpoint in Corolla. Several Sheriff Deputies with cars and the Sheriff's trailer.Following an evacuation, Currituck County will allows re-entry as the impacted areas are deemed safe. Re-entry permits or proof of residency is required. Re-entry decisions will be issued from the County Emergency Operations Center.

Examples of factors taken into consideration when making re-entry decisions include:

  • utility outages
  • road conditions
  • flooding
  • communications outages.

Re-entry permits are mailed to Currituck Outer Banks residents and non-resident property owners every 2 years. One permit is issued per property address based on County tax records. Current permits are valid for the 2020-2021 seasons.

If you have misplaced your permit, proof of residency or ownership with a Corolla or Carova address will be required to allow you access to your property.  Examples of acceptable documentation:

  • driver’s license
  • tax bill
  • utility bill
Business Re-Entry Permits

For business re-entry permits, there are 2 tiers:

  1. Obtaining Priority I Re-Entry Permits
    Essential Personnel
    • County public safety agencies
    • Utilities/Infrastructure teams
    • Damage Assessment teams
    • Power/Energy Companies
    • Disaster Relief Agencies
    • Designated hotel employees
  2. Obtaining Priority II Re-Entry Permits
    Critical Businesses
    • Pharmacy
    • Food Service
    • Grocery Stores
    • Financial/Banks
    • Gas Stations
    • Insurance
    • Property Management
    • Debris Removal
    • Supply Chain & Building Suppliers Distributors
    • Contractors
    • Trades (electrical, plumbing, etc.)

If your business falls under either Priority 1 or 2, you can take advantage of obtaining re-entry passes for you and your employees prior to a storm. This will allow you timely access back into the county to continue your essential business functions and operations. Each business owner or manager is strongly encouraged to acquire needed permits prior to hurricane season. If there is an impending event, we cannot guarantee timely delivery of permits.

If your business is physically located in Corolla or your business is transient in Corolla or Carova Beach, you will need to obtain re-entry permits for your employees. To apply for a Priority I or II permit(s), please fill out our online application.

All non-critical businesses fall into Priority III and do not need a permit as general traffic flow will be allowed at that point. If you have a question as to where your business falls within one of these priorities, please contact Emergency Management staff at 252-232-2115 or emstaff@currituckcountync.gov.


Re-Entry Tiers


Priority 1
Essential Personnel

  • County public safety agencies
  • Utilities/Infrastructure teams
  • Damage Assessment teams
  • Power/Energy Companies
  • Disaster Relief Agencies
  • Designated hotel employees


Priority 2
Permanent Residents &
Critical Businesses

  • Pharmacy
  • Food Service
  • Grocery Stores
  • Financial/Banks
  • Gas Stations
  • Insurance
  • Property Management
  • Debris Removal
  • Supply Chain & Building Suppliers Distributors
  • Contractors
  • Trades (electrical, plumbing, etc.)




Priority 3

  • Non-Resident Property Owners
  • Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical business


Priority 4

  • Visitors
  • General Public