Motorized off-road vehicle (ORV) use is designated in limited National Park Service areas on Fire Island. 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)
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.
Recreational Beach Driving
Recreational ORV driving is permitted by the Seashore seasonally from the Wilderness Visitor Center on the eastern end of Fire Island. A current valid Fire Island National Seashore Recreational Driving Permit.
As ferry service increases throughout the spring, the National Park Service gradually restricts driving for various permit categories. Please refer to the links below to determine when driving is allowed and how to obtain an exception if you are a permit holder.
As directed by Congress, the National Park Service collects a fee to recover the cost of administering permits. The following charges are established for vehicle permits and applications for Fire Island National Seashore:
Recreational Driving Permit: $50
Resident (Year-round or Part-time) & Municipal Employees: $95 + Application Fee ($50 Initial*, $10 Renewal)
Contractor/Business: $750/year; $300/month; $75/week + Application Fee ($50)
Essential Service & Public Utility: $750/vehicle + Application Fee ($50)
* 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.
No alternate/substitute vehicles may be used in place of your primary vehicle without first having approval from the permits office.
Failure to comply with the conditions of any permit issued may result in a fine and the loss of your permit.
Please contact us via e-mail or call 631-687-4758 for more information.
Last updated: August 15, 2019