Our Most Commonly Asked Questions
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Q. Where can I take my pet on the beach?
A. Each area has its own regulations concerning pets on the beach.
Corolla - Dogs are allowed on the beach with a year round leash law. Your pet must be on a leash at all times. Pet owners/handlers are responsible for removal of pet waste.
Duck – Dogs are allowed on the beach unleashed, but as a matter of public safety and courtesy, they should be under the watchful eye and contact of their owner. They must be leashed, with a leash not exceeding 10 ft. while in the town limits. townofduck.com
Southern Shores - Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15 - September 15. Year-round leash law. All pet waste must be collected immediately and deposited in appropriate containers.
Kitty Hawk - Dogs are allowed on beach. Owner handler must remove feces and possess a bag/container for waste removal at all times. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet. Dogs may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach and must be controlled by the handler, who must remain within 30 feet of the dog at all times. Leash must be with owner/handler at all times. townofkittyhawk.org
Kill Devil Hills - Between May 1 and September 30 of each year, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. unless being used to aid a handicapped person. At all other times, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beaches except upon a leash and under the control of owner or handler. (Ord. 15-1, passed 6-8-15) http://www.kdhnc.com/faq.aspx
Nags Head - Dogs are allowed on the beach year round with a leash. Pet owners/handlers are responsible for removal of pet waste and are to maintain control of their pets at all times. Pet waste is not to be buried in the sand or put in the ocean. Horses are allowed on the beach from October 1st through April 30th.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained on a 6 ft. leash. Pets are prohibited on designated swimming beaches. Guide dogs for the visually impaired are permitted to remain with their owners at all times.
Ocracoke Island - Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained on a 6 ft. leash. Pets are prohibited on designated swimming beaches. Guide dogs for the visually impaired are permitted to remain with their owners at all times.
Please remember to clean up after your pets and put any and all waste in appropriate containers/trash bins.
Q. Can We Build a BonFire on the Beach?
A. Bonfires are not allowed on the beaches of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, or Kill Devil Hills. Other areas allow them with the following regulations:
Nags Head - Permits are required and are obtained from the office of the town fire marshall or online between the hours of 5-9:00 p.ml. Fires cannot be built within 50 feet of any combustible material including buildings, beach grass, sea oats, and driftwood. In addition, the hollowed-out pit must be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and not less than 1 foot in depth. The fire must be attended by a competent adult and must be extinguished prior to leaving. Complete rules and application can be found at http://nagsheadfirerescue.com/?content=permit
Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Ground fires are permitted on the beach below the high tide line and a permit is not required. The fire must be attended by an adult and be completely extinguished before leaving the site.
Q. What are the rules concerning driving on the beach?
A. Driving an off-road vehicle on the beach can be fun, but there are a few regulations to follow:
- The standard speed limit is 25 mph
- Enter and leave the beach only at designated, open ramps
- NEVER drive on the dunes!
- Be considerate of other drivers and beach users
- All vehicles must be licensed for state highways with valid license plate and operator must have current drivers license
Additional regulations for Off-road vehicles by area:
Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Off-road vehicles are allowed year-round with some limitations. No permit is required but it is advisable to check with a ranger to understand NPS guidelines and assure you are not entering a closed zone. No driving is allowed in the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge. For current information on open zones and guidelines, contact the National Park Service Headquarters, (252) 473-2111.
Southern Shores & Kitty Hawk - Beach driving is never permitted.
Kill Devil Hills - Beach driving allowed between October 1 - April 30.
Nags Head - Beach driving allowed between October 1 - April 30. Visitors must apply for and receive a permit from the Nags Head Town Hall. For more information, call (252) 441-5508.
Need Additional Information?
Call our Chamber office at (252) 441-8144,
8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, EST.