New For 2018, 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. The Carova Beach Permitting system will be effective from the Friday before Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Currituck County Tourism Center
106 Caratoke Hwy. Moyock, NC 27948 Location Map
Corolla Visitors Center
500 Hunt Club Dr. • Ocean Club Centre • Corolla, NC 27927 Location Map
Key provisions in the Carova beach permitting 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.
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.
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 Carova Beach Permitting
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 Pass – 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 for Carova Beach Permitting.
Additional Things to Know When Driving on the Beach
Air Down Ordinance – No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle on the beach strand or foreshore with tires containing air pressure exceeding the following pounds per square inch (p.s.i.): (1) Twenty p.s.i. for motor vehicles with curb weight of less than 5,000 pounds; (2) Tire p.s.i. not greater than that required for safe travel for motor vehicles with curb weight greater than 5,000 pounds. Motorists should pull over to air down tires at the Corolla Village Road public access facility, which is located on the east side of N.C. 12.
Air Up Location – After leaving the beach, motorists may air up tires at Historic Corolla Park, which is located on the west side of N.C. 12. Enter at main park entrance and turn right into parking lot. Air stations are located at the end of the lot near the picnic pavilion.
Beach Driving Lane Shift to Dune Line – From the Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the beach traffic lane will shift from the foreshore to a lane adjacent to the dune line only in the area 1.5 miles north of the beach access ramp to Mile Post 17.
Do Not Block the Traffic Lane – All vehicles shall be parked in the middle of the beach strand and not obstruct the traffic lane. Likewise, no beach chairs, coolers, fishing lines, or other items should be placed in a location that blocks the traffic lanes.
Remove Your Stuff When You Leave – Visitors should not leave any unattended property on the beach. Any property remaining on the beach between sunset and sunrise shall be considered litter and is subject to removal and disposal.
Fill Your Holes – Excessive and unsafe digging or piling of sand on the beach is prohibited. Visitors must fill in any holes dug while playing on the beach to prevent safety hazards for those traveling on the beach.
Stay off the Dunes! – Remember that it is illegal to walk on or traverse the dunes outside of a defined dune walkover beach access point. Do not allow children or pets to play or dig on the dunes, and do not damage or remove any dune vegetation.
Do Not Litter – Please remove all trash when you leave and help keep the Currituck Outer Banks beautiful for everyone.
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