• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

Oversand Vehicle Operation

Oversand Vehicle Operation
Motorized off-road vehicle (ORV) use is only designated in limited National Park Service areas. Where permitted, ORVs may be allowed only in locations where there will be no adverse impacts on the area's natural, cultural, scenic, and esthetic values, and in consideration of other existing or proposed recreational uses.

The National Park Service recognizes that motorized equipment operated in a national park "could adversely affect the park's natural soundscape and the flow of natural chemical information and odors that are important to many living organisms." (2006 National Park Service Management Policies, 8.2.3) The rhythmic sound of the breaking waves, the smell of the salt air, the sight of relatively unspoiled sandy beaches-these are some of the values for which Fire Island National Seashore was established.

Because there are 17 residential communities within the boundaries of the Fire Island National Seashore, limited driving is permitted by contractors, utilities and a small number of residents to support the maintenance of these communities. Such permits are tightly restricted and regulated. (See Off-Road Driving Regulations.)

Recreational ORV driving is permitted by the Seashore seasonally from the Wilderness Visitor Center to Long Cove, with a current valid Fire Island National Seashore Sportsman's Vehicle Permit.

Renewal Dates for 2015 Permits
Starting October 1, 2014, Fire Island National Seashore will begin accepting contractor and essential service oversand vehicle permit renewals for 2015. Renewal applications will be accepted through November 14, 2014. All 2014 permit holders must reapply in order to obtain a 2015 permit. All applicants on the waiting list must reapply to retain current position on the waiting list. All new applications received will be added to the end of the waiting list in the order they were received.
 

Permit Fees
As directed by Congress, the National Park Service collects a fee to recover the cost of administering permits. Recoverable fees are charged for permits as described in 16 U.S.C. 3a, 31 U.S.C. 9701, and National Park Service Guidelines for Special Park Uses. The following charges are established for vehicle permits and applications for Fire Island National Seashore:

  • An Application Charge must accompany the application for a permit. This charge covers the costs involved in analyzing and processing the request for an application including secretarial, printing, and mailing costs. This is a non-refundable fee that must be remitted with the completed application. This fee is $50.00 This is a non-refundable fee that will not be returned even if your permit is not approved.
  • An Administrative Charge reflects the actual costs incurred by the National Park Service in processing the permit, from its inception to final approval. It also includes all our costs associated with Natural and/or Cultural compliance. This cost is reflected in the permit cost noted below.
  • Management Costs cover the actual costs incurred by the park accomplishing the required monitoring or management of the permit. This cost is reflected in the permit cost noted below.

    Permit Current
    Permit Fee
    Application Fee
    Recreational Driving $50 Included in permit cost
    Resident
    Year-round or Part-time
    $95 (+ application fee) $50 Initial *
    $10 Renewal
    Contractor / Business

    $750/year
    $300/month (possible 1-month extension)
    $75/week
    (+ application fee)

    $50
    Essential Service $750/vehicle
    (+ application fee)
    $50 per company
    Public Utility $750/vehicle
    (+ application fee)
    $50 per company
    Municipal Employees $95
    (+ application fee)
    $50 Initial
    $10 Renewal

* Please Note: For the first-time approval of a resident permit, you will also be charged a one-time $100 charge for gate key, stickers, computer set-up, etc.

  • A limited number of permits are issued in each category, and driving times are restricted by category.
  • Definitions and the number of permits authorized in each category are specified in the park's current driving regulation (36 CFR Ch. 1, Section 7.20).
 

Permit Conditions
No alternate/substitute vehicles may be used in place of your primary vehicle. The West Checkpoint or Park Headquarters must verify any changes.

Failure to comply with the conditions of any permit issued may result in a fine and the loss of your permit.

For More Information
If you need more information regarding eligibility or application for an Oversand Vehicle Permit, please contact the park's Special Park Uses Office via e-mail or call 631-687-4758.

Did You Know?

The uppermost level of a long bridge sloping down to the island is covered by a string of cars and vans.

You may drive to either end of Fire Island, and walk to Fire Island National Seashore from either Robert Moses State Park or Smith Point County Park. You should anticipate long lines of traffic on warm, sunny weekend days. More...