Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day
Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »
Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »
Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers
Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.
Federal Review of Building and Zoning Permit Applications
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
Review and Comments on Proposed Town and Village Code Revisions
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.
Town of Brookhaven
Town of Islip
Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach
Current Village of Saltaire Zoning Standards
Did You Know?
You can hike into New York State's only federally-designated wilderness area on Fire Island. Day trips into the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness provide an opportunity to sample the sensation of being miles away from civilization. More...