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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

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Beach Fire Permit

Beach Fire Permits are required starting May 1, 2012.

Beach Fire Permits are free.

To get your Beach Fire Permit:
1. Click here to download this Beach Fire Permit pdf file.
Read the entire permit
3. Sign and date the permit.

Things You Need to Know:
· From May 1 to November 15, to protect nesting sea turtles, beach fires are allowed only on the ocean beaches at:
o Coquina Beach
o The villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras
o Ocracoke Day Use area.
· From November 16 - April 30, beach fires are allowed on throughout the park.
· Fires are allowed from 6 am to 10 pm.
· The Beach Fire Permit is valid only when a responsible adult (18 years of age or older) is present.
· Fires, no greater than 3 feet in diameter, may be ignited and maintained seaward of the ocean dune, below the high tide mark and at least 50 feet from any vegetation.
· Fires cannot be left unattended and must be completely extinguished (cold to touch) upon termination of use.
· Clean area of all trash before leaving the beach and remember the "pack in/pack out" practice of leaving national seashore beaches in a clean and safe condition for the next visitor.

If you have trouble downloading or printing the Beach Fire Permit you can get a permit in person by visiting any seashore ORV permit office, campground, or visitor center.

ORV Permit Offices are located at:
· Bodie Island at the north end of the Coquina Beachparking lot (8101 NC 12 Highway, Nags Head, NC),
· Hatteras Island by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (46368 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC), and
· Ocracoke Island by the NPS visitor Center (40 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC).

Seashore Campgrounds include the Oregon Inlet Campground, Cape Point Campground, Frisco Campground, and Ocracoke Campground.

Seashore Visitor Centers include: the Bodie Island Visitor Center, Hatteras Island Visitor Center, and Ocracoke Island Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.