Currituck changes beach parking permit rules for residents

By on January 28, 2019

Currituck’s parking permits are intended to cut back on beach traffic north of Corolla during the summer. (Dee Langston)

Currituck County has changed the way it issues parking permits for the off-road section of the county’s northern beaches, a move that should make spending a day at the beach more equitable for county property owners and their guests — no matter where in the county the property owner lives.

The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to link the permits to a property owner’s address.

Under the original ordinance, all county homeowners were allowed free parking permits for each vehicle they own, and the permits weren’t transferable.

Property owners in the off-road area were issued two additional guest permits, which were assigned to the address rather than the vehicle, a perk that wasn’t extended to mainland property owners.

That caveat drew ire from mainland property owners, who said the ordinance made it illegal for visiting friends and relatives to drive their own vehicles to the beach without first buying a parking permit.

The new rules assign two free parking permits to each occupied address in the county. By assigning the permits to the address, property owners will be able to transfer the permits to different vehicles.

Two additional guest permits will be assigned to each home in the off-road area, to accommodate visitors and vacationers who stay in seasonal rental properties.

Commissioners voted to require the parking permits for the off-road section of the county’s beaches in March of last year.

The parking permits are intended to cut back on the amount of traffic on the county’s northern beaches, which are clogged with vehicles, beach-goers and anglers during the summer months.

The law requires a permit to park on the 14-mile stretch of beach between Corolla Village and the Virginia line, from 12:01 a.m. on the Friday before Memorial Day, through 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day.

Beach parking permits for those who don’t own property in Currituck are $150 per season. A 10-day beach parking permit may be purchased for $50.








  • Scott Clark

    And can we get decals this time? Those mirror hangers flap around in the wind, and half the time get blown out of the vehicle while parked.

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 9:51 am
  • Edward Sneed

    If you stay on Hatteras Island, and have a beach permit, do you have to purchase another permit for the 4×4 in Corolla, for just one days use?

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 9:52 am
  • Duane Clark

    I’m becoming a permanent Corolla resident in May, where do I go to receive a beach permit?

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 10:57 am
  • Adam Miller

    I am from just over the border in Virginia. I used to come down to fish once every few weeks with my jeep, park on the beach for the day, dine at a restaurant, get a hotel for a night then leave the next morning.

    I no longer do this. There needs to be a one day option for out of state residents. 50 dollars for me to fish for maybe 8 hours when I already have to pay to get an out of state fishing license is just too much. It’s just not worth it anymore.

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 10:59 am
  • James

    Wish they would let Dare residents have a permit too.

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 11:17 am
  • Steve

    Edward: Yes, the ORV permit for Cape Hatteras National Seashore covers only the land overseen by the National Park Service.

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 12:35 pm
  • Sans

    just install parking meters! problem solved!

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 2:24 pm
  • Rick

    The Currituck elected officials must have “seen the light” in the ire of their electorate. Of course this could have also been an issue that they didn’t want to address come reelection time.

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 2:50 pm
  • Todd

    It would be nice to be able to get a daily pass for like $5 or $10 a day and you pay right there when you get on the beach to the far right

    Monday, Jan 28 @ 5:37 pm
  • hightider

    This wouldn’t even be an issue if yahoos whooping it up and being obnoxious had not used Carova as their personal mud bogging area. Whether you live there year round or are spending money to rent a vacation home, no one wants to listen to roaring truck engines, loud music, and drunken shouting. Several roads have pot holes the size of small ponds that these people seek out to drive through for entertainment. They are making roads used by people who live there or vacation there impassible. It’s not like DOT repairs the roads there. Many lots for sale are now worthless because there is no way to access them due to giant pot holes made even bigger by people who think driving monster trucks in them is fun. Look at these people on Youtube and blame them for the permits. It’s bad enough that so many of the renters have no idea how to drive in sand.

    Tuesday, Jan 29 @ 5:45 am
  • Jack

    permits didn’t seem to lower the cluster f on the beach last season

    Tuesday, Jan 29 @ 7:10 pm
  • Sans

    hightider correct me if I’m wrong. My understanding is you only need a permit if you are going to park. If a driver does not park they will not need a permit. It sounds like the there is a need for police enforcement to keep the mudders & speeders under control.

    Tuesday, Jan 29 @ 8:11 pm
  • dave

    Todd: But, that would make sense. Bring in a few extra bucks and make people happy at the same time. Win-win. But then, this is Currituck

    Wednesday, Jan 30 @ 8:34 am
  • hightider

    Sans – yes the permit is only for parking on the beach during the tourist season, but the people who have caused problems in the past tearing up the back roads also want to park on the beach when they are not mudbogging. Of course a big problem is that the high season renters have no idea of how to drive in sand. Trying to navigate around them is difficult because they create a hazard themselves. If you live on the northern edge of Carova, it may take you 40 minutes to reach the paved road during the summer, driving around the tourists who are stuck, about to get stuck, or in general driving carelessly.

    Saturday, Feb 2 @ 12:22 pm