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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 full-time on the off road area 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 (2) additional Guest permits or visitor passes to 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 want to park on the four-wheel drive beach but are not Currituck County residents or property owners and are not renting a home on the off-road area.  This would apply to day-visitors or those staying anywhere other than the 4-wheel drive beach.

Full-time residents in the 4-wheel drive area are also allowed to receive two (2) Guest permits.  These permits are valid through the entire season and are not assigned to a specific vehicle. Guest passes are also available for purchase by Currituck County residents and property owners at the seasonal rate.

Properties on the off-road beach with homes in a vacation rental program may receive two (2) permits for use by rental guests.  The county will provide these permits to the property management companies at the beginning of the season.

Likewise, individual property owners who rent their homes may also receive permits for their renters.  Contact the Corolla Visitor Center at 252-453-9612 for information on how to obtain rental guest permits.

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.

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