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Beach Driving Permits

Beach Access Permits will NOT be available this year in Topsail Beach due to a Beach Renourishment project set to begin this Fall. Beach Access Permits are normally sold between October 1st and January 15th for vehicles and between October 1st and March 30th for horses each year. However, due to the impending project, Commissioners determined that in the best interest of the project, horses and vehicles will not be permitted on the beach this year.

The Town fully expects to make Beach Access Permits available next year during the 2024-2025 season.


Truck on beach

Beach driving permits are only issued to four wheel drive vehicles and are for fishing purposes only.  Modified utility vehicles (“MUTV”) as described in N.C.G.S. 20-4.01 (27) regardless of whether the MUTV is registered or licensed in any state shall not be allowed on the beach strand.  Pleasure riding on the beach is not allowed. Anyone caught driving on the beach without a permit will be ticketed and escorted off the beach.

Purchase a Permit:
New Driving Time Frame: October 1st
 through January 15th
When: Monday - Friday from the Topsail Beach Police Department 8:00am - 3:00pm; Saturday and Sunday at Fire Department.
If nobody is physically at these locations, they are answering an emergency call, Please be patient and wait for their return.

Where: Sold at the Topsail Beach Police Department (812 S Anderson Blvd); Fire Department (816 S Anderson Blvd)


The cost is as follows: 

$100 for non-residents of the Town of Topsail Beach
$25 for residents of the Town of Topsail Beach


Documentation required to purchase a permit:   

  • Driver’s License      
  • Vehicle Registration
  • State-Issued Fishing License 
  • The Topsail Beach permit decal must be placed on the vehicle’s windshield at the time of purchase.

Should you need additional information, please contact the Topsail Beach Police
Department at (910) 328-4851.