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Beach driving is allowed from September 15 to April 30, with the exception of the 10-day period from and including the Friday prior to Easter until and including the Sunday that occurs 7 days after Easter. For 2017, beach driving will not be allowed from April 14 - April 23.
Beach driving is allowed from 5 am until 9 pm daily from September 15 to November 5, and from March 12 to April 30 (to coincide with daylight savings time). Daily driving hours are 5 am until 7 pm from November 6 to March 11 (to coincide with Eastern standard time).
Read Beach Driving Regulations 2016-2017 Season.
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Authorized beach access ramps are located at the Ocean Drive "dog-leg" (near mile marker 15 on NC 58), at the end of Black Skimmer Drive (across from the Police Department), and at The Point (at the terminus of Inlet Drive at Bogue Inlet). The Doe Drive ramp is closed to the general public.
Certain sections of the beach may be closed from time to time due to erosion concerns, in order to protect endangered and/or threatened sea turtle and bird nests, and/or to provide for general protection of public health, safety, and welfare. Closed sections will be posted and roped, and beach drivers must avoid these areas entirely.
No driving is allowed on the beach without an official Town of Emerald Isle beach driving permit. A beach driving permit may be purchased at the Town Administration Building at 7509 Emerald Drive (physical address) during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday) Call 252.354.3424 if you have any questions.
Faxed applications should be sent to 252.354.5068 and must include a copy of your vehicle registration and drivers license for processing.
Mailed applications should be sent to: Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 and must include a copy of your vehicle registration and drivers license for processing.
In person applications please apply at the Town Administration Building, 7509 Emerald Drive and you must have your vehicle registration and drivers license with you for processing.
Please note: The Police Department will not hold permits for anyone unless special arrangements have been made through Town Hall during normal business hours. Please be advised if you have made special arrangements through Town Hall to pick up your permit after normal business hours at the Police Department you will need the exact fee amount (cash or check only). The Police Department will not make change for these permits. The Police Department hours are Sunday through Thursday 8am-9pm / Friday and Saturday 8am-11pm.
Annual beach driving permit fees are $50 for all Emerald Isle residents and taxpayers under 65 years of age, and free for all Emerald Isle residents and taxpayers age 65 years of age or older.
The fee for all NON-Emerald Isle residents and taxpayers of any age is $100.00.
Handicapped persons of any age (whether they are Emerald Isle residents / taxpayers or not) are eligible for one free permit. Handicapped persons in addition to providing copies of vehicle registration and drivers license must also provide a copy of their handicap placard and registration card for their placard. The four-wheel drive vehicle which is to be permitted must be registered to the handicapped person.