By Dee Langston on January 28, 2019
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.