NRPOs can enter Dare County next week

By on May 1, 2020

(Dare County)

As Dare County begins opening up for non-resident property owners on Monday, the county released this statement restating the re-entry guidelines and stressing the need to follow the Stay-at-Home Order.

We look forward to welcoming non-resident property owners beginning Monday, May 4. Dare County will open to non-resident property owners who have a valid entry permit with matching government issued ID according to the schedule below:

  • Monday, May 4 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with A – I.
  • Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with J – R.
  • Friday, May 8 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with S – Z.

Entry permits can be obtained at Following the instructions provided, non-resident property owners can receive permits by applying online. Permits will be issued to the two “Primary Owners” listed on the tax record for each property. Those who are entering should have permits and proper identification ready before approaching the entry checkpoint. A list of frequently asked questions about entry to Dare County is available on the COVID-19 FAQs page.

All non-resident property owners should bring their own supplies to sustain themselves in their homes as much as possible, including groceries, prescriptions, paper products and other essentials.

As the number of shoppers increases, people may experience a greater wait time to enter at grocery stores due to restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry. Shoppers should also expect to see changes in product availability as supply chain demand fluctuates across the nation. Please only purchase what you need. Local grocers are also asking people to please respect the special hours set aside for at risk populations and to minimize the number of people shopping together to minimize wait times  Information on stores that have reserved shopping hours or online ordering/curbside pickup can be found here.

As the gradual lifting of restrictions gets underway, it is important to continue to follow the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order:

  • Travel only for essential needs
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining at least a 6-foot distance between you and others
  • Avoid direct contact with those other than your immediate family members
  • Avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 people

In addition, individuals are now required to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores or pharmacies. Visit for more information.


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  • Steve Williams

    I am not a resident of the Outer Banks nor am I a property owner. I do however love to drive on the beach at Corolla and eat at the local restaurants. I am reading comments here from some of the locals with sort of shocked fascination about how “spoiled” and “whiney” us OBX vacationers are. As pleasant and welcoming as everyone has been to me and my family when we’ve been there the attitude displayed is eye opening to say the least. Perhaps the time is approaching where many of us are going to have to rethink where we spend our vacation dollar. That evaluation however should come after we All take a breath here and rather evaluate more closely what is actually happening here.
    The “Proclamation” from Dare County with its talk of “Entry Permits” and Government issued ID” reads like we’re attempting to enter a Soviet Bloc country before the end of the Cold War. I don’t believe the so-called Covid crisis has shifted the latitude and longitude of the United States but it certainly has shifted its politics.
    Looking at some numbers from North Carolina reveals a mortality rate from Covid in NC to be, if one rounds UP, to be .04%. That’s a mortality rate less than seasonal flu but no one seems to take notice. Total traffic deaths in NC in 2019, if you were to divide into quarters, is about equivalent to Covid total deaths in NC to date yet I haven’t heard that we will be forbidden to drive.
    It is of course heartbreaking and unfortunate for anyone to lose their life prematurely and I also realize that it appears naive to the situation to be talking about constitutional rights and it appears insensitive to talk about hysteria. The “perfect storm” if you will for those in power, be it a County Commissioner, Mayor, Sheriff or Governor to keep us afraid and at home overlooking reality, all under the guise of keeping everyone safe.
    I’m not an epidemiologist, virologist or even a physician but I can tell you that the number of Covid infections will continue to rise but consider the low morality rate.
    I would give a gentle reminder to all the decision makers during this time. If you are an elected official, elections are coming. Have you conducted yourself in such a manner to be in the best interest of the people or are you just enjoying a power trip here? If it’s the latter, and there’s not a balance struck very soon between so-called keeping people safe and unfettering businesses and property owners, there may not be any money to even provide essential services in your city or county. I hope you made decisions for the right reasons based on accurate data then!

    Sunday, May 3 @ 2:16 pm
  • B Miller

    I still don’t understand this powerful Control Board. Is this really legal to have a faceless, undocumented group of people with so much power? The BOC hides behind them and I don’t see any public votes or minutes from their meetings. I guess some FOIA requests would help but it shouldn’t be required. Let’s have some transparency here.

    This trepidation of reluctantly having the NRPOs return to their property is laughable. The OBX will not become some hotspot for COVID-19. Plus, the need for them to bring in all their own groceries/supplies is a head scratcher. Where i live, it is encouraged to support the local businesses. So yes, follow the rules, keep your distance and wear a mask when needed but don’t you want people to spend money?

    Sunday, May 3 @ 3:17 pm
  • Christine Swart


    “Here’s a question….since NRPO’s can bring their immediate family members, do us permanent
    full time residents have the same permission? Can my children, grandchildren, come visit? Not that I would encourage them to do that because I fear that the island will soon be a very dangerous place to be.
    It would be the very height of hypocrisy and inconsistency to deny permanent residents’ immediate family access given the NRPO’s family access.”

    Can someone please answer this question?

    Sunday, May 3 @ 7:28 pm
  • Whyowhy

    It is sad that home owners who do not live here came by boat with another boat following to see their home. The count was twelve people. No social distancing, no masks and drinking beer. One boat was from VA the Other boat had no number , no name, this boat was not even registered. The entering starts tomorrow , so I guess this is what we have to expect. I question how they got in Colington canals and one of the boats was not even registered with any kind if identification, and drinking.
    It goes to show New home buyers have no respect for those that live here.
    They stayed for about one hour then left. Those that don’t live here do not follow the rules , they are here to have fun. Selfish at a time that we all need to think of others and not just themselves

    Sunday, May 3 @ 8:10 pm
  • Trashcan man

    To Christine Swart:
    Dare County answered my question by telling me that as long as a resident with required documentation was driving the vehicle, family was permitted. When I further inquired if I could drive my children’s out of State vehicle across the bridge, I was told “Sure…as long as I was driving.”
    I suspect that this has been true for weeks if not a month or more. ID’s of all occupants are not checked, clearly. That is a very likely explanation for all the out of state plates on cars. If only Dare County had been transparent about this all that nonsense about the flyers on cars with out of state plates would have been avoided. That should have been said in the county’s statement about that flyer, if not sooner.
    My children, both with advanced degrees in the medical field and love it here will not be coming here anytime soon because of the risk. And one lives in a east coast major urban city with very high number of cases.

    Monday, May 4 @ 5:07 am
  • dpeteo

    I’d like for the Dare County Gov’t to clarify their message that ‘Non-Resident Property Owners (NRPO) are allowed to visit beginning this week. I own a piece of land in Dare County and pay taxes to the county annually for it. I am close to building on the land and would like to visit to meet the builder, lot clearing representative, and banker to finalize the process. I applied for a permit and was denied because I do not have a house on the property yet. My message informed the permit approving authority that I have a sibling that lives in Dare County so I have a residence to stay in. I respect the staggered measures being taken to try to avoid overwhelming the services down there, I just think it would be a good idea to broadcast having a residence is what they refer to when using the term NRPO’s.

    Tuesday, May 5 @ 9:00 pm