New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
Federal Review of Building and Zoning Permit Applications within Fire Island National Seashore
The September 1964 enabling legislation for Fire Island National Seashore (See Management Documents) mandated that regulations be developed which would provide standards for local zoning in order to protect and conserve Fire Island. These regulations set forth federal standards to which local ordinances for Fire Island must conform, articulating limitations on use, location, and size of structures on public and private property within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore.
Among other things, the standards are intended:
The Fire Island National Seashore Federal Zoning Standards are found within the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 28.
Review and Comments on Zoning/Building Permit Applications
Fire Island National Seashore's superintendent reviews each application for a building permit or variance from the approved zoning standards, and provides feedback to the local zoning authority. Notification letters are now posted online, organized by specific zoning jurisdiction.
Review and Comments on Proposed Town and Village Code Revisions
Town and village codes for Fire Island are subject to the review and approval of the Secretary of the Interior to ensure that they comply with the Fire Island National Seashore Federal Zoning Standards, and contain no provisions that are adverse to the protection and development of the Seashore.
Whenever revisions to town or village codes are proposed, the superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore reviews and comments on the proposed changes. If any amended ordinace or portion of an ordinace fails to conform to the federal regulations, the Secretary of the Interior's approval of the ordinance may be revoked.
Did You Know?
Seals occasionally bask on Fire Island beaches in winter. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance. Remember to give these wild mammals plenty of room to retreat if you encounter one during your winter hike! More...