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The adopting entity agrees to clean the access six times a year and fill out a data form about the litter they collect. In return, a sign with the entity's name on it is placed at the access.
The Surfrider Foundation monitors based on if they submit the forms or not. They then identify inactive sponsors and try to switch them out with active sponsors.
Yes, if the entity is inactive, the Surfriders will try to find another sponsor for that access; however, the original adopting entity is first given several opportunities to express that they still want the access and will clean it and submit the forms.
Sponsors are asked to notify the Towns Public Works Department at 252-441-1122 should they find anything large that needs to be removed, or any other problems with the access.
Visit our Business License and Registration page for more information.
Visit our Massage Therapy Applications page and our Vehicle for Hire Applications page for information.
The Nags Head Police Department can be reached at 252-441-6386. If you need to reach a specific employee in the department, visit the directory page.
Visit our Crowd Gathering Permits page for more information.
Visit the Town Code on the Municode website.
If you plan on building, remodeling, repairing or taking on a handyman project, your first move should be to check with the Building Inspectors in the Planning and Development Department. We can provide you with the necessary code information and applications to get that project underway. Come in to see us or call us to begin the process and to determine just what information you may need to submit with your application.
The Police Department is located on the first floor of the Nags Head Municipal Complex. The Municipal Complex is located in the area of Milepost 15 on U.S. Highway 158 with a street address of:5401 S Croatan HighwayNags Head, NC 27959
No. Many people refer to the entire Outer Banks area as Nags Head when in fact there are several municipalities located in the area. The other local municipalities are responsible for police matters for their respective towns and can be located at our links page.
Reports may be made by contacting the Nags Head Police Department directly during normal business hours only. Between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. and on weekends as well as holidays, reports may be made by contacting Dare County Central Communications at 252-473-3444. In the event of emergency simply dial 911.
Report copies are usually available five business days after the incident occurs. A copy of a report may be obtained by contacting the Nags Head Police Administrative Division at 252-441-6386 or by coming to the Nags Head Police office at:5401 S Croatan HighwayNags Head, NC 27959
When inquiring about a report you need to know the date of the incident, the name of the victim, and the type of incident or incident number. The Administrative Division hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a five dollar fee to obtain a report copy, and the Nags Head Police Department accepts cash, personal checks and money orders.
Nags Head beaches are open to driving from October 1st through May 1st by permit only. Permits cost $25 and may be purchased at the Nags Head Municipal Complex:5401 S Croatan HighwayNags Head, NC 27959
Citations may be paid in person at the Dare County Clerk of Courts Office located at:962 Highway 64Manteo, NC 27954
Or you may pay online.
Nags Head police officers work rotating shifts and are not always available during normal business hours. The best way to contact an officer is by leaving a voicemail or by making contact through email. The employee directory has a listing or each officer's voicemail extensions and email addresses.
Yes, but by appointment only. The Police Department schedules employment fingerprinting on Thursdays each week (unless holiday). There is a $5 fee for employment fingerprinting and appointments may be made by contacting the Administrative Division at 252-441-6386.
Yes, but this is a temporary facility only. Subjects who are placed in custody in Nags Head are later transported to the Dare County Detention Center for holding. The Detention Center is located at:1044 Driftwood DriveManteo, NC 27954
They can be contacted at 252-475-9220.
No, the police department is no longer providing this service unless an emergency situation exists. Please contact a local locksmith for assistance.
No, but you can get a copy of your driving history through the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Received a parking ticket and looking to make a payment online? Visit this link below and then click on the 'Police Parking Penalties' tab. Be sure to have your parking ticket number and the name used on the parking ticket ready.
You can always make a payment by phone by calling 252-441-5508 or by visiting Town Hall at 5401 S. Croatan Hwy.
NoteIf you have ever purchased an additional recycling cart, please call Public Services at 252-441-1122 to inquire about a refund/trash cart in lieu of refund.
Trash carts are $80.07 (excluding convenience fee) and can be purchased by one of the following methods:
For more information go to our Sanitation Collection Route page, or call Nags Head Public Works at 252-441-1122.
Visit our Bulk Item / Yard Brush Disposal page for more information or call Nags Head Public Services at 252-441-1122.
You can register to vote through the Dare County Board of Elections. For more information, please visit the Dare County Board of Elections website.
Call Nags Head Public Services at 252-441-1122 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Between 3:30 p.m. and midnight call 252-305-6067.
Between midnight and 7 a.m. call 252-473-3444.
First, you should check to see if your property has covenants. This can be done by contacting your homeowner's association.
Second, you should check with the realtor, seller, or Nags Head Planning Department to determine if your home is in a flood zone and will therefore need flood insurance.
Third, you should check the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's website for their nine steps to buying a home.
These are just a few suggestions. Your realtor can better assist you with buying/renting a home in Nags Head. For a list of realty companies, visit the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce website.
The town is home to Nags Head Elementary, located at 3100 Wrightsville Avenue (near Bonnett Street). For information on all of Dare County's schools, go to the Dare County Schools website. For report cards on Dare County's schools, visit the NC School Report Cards website.
Yes, Peak Resources, located at 430 West Health Center Drive, is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. They can be reached by calling 252-441-3116.
To look up utility companies, go to the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce website.
The post office is located at the corner of Deering Street and U.S. 158/S Croatan Highway near Mile Post 13. Their phone number is 252-441-7387.
To change the mailing address for your water bill, call Nags Head's Town Hall at 252-441-5508 or email the Water Department.
For information about sand fences, visit the Coastal Area Management Act page, or call Nags Head Planning and Development at 252-441-7016.
Nags Head's Town Hall is located at 5401 South Croatan Highway (US 158) near Mile Post 14. The Police Department and the Planning and Development Department are also located here and Fire and Rescue is headquartered across the highway.
Nags Head Public Services is located at 2200 Lark Avenue, off of Eighth Street, behind the bowling alley.
For information in becoming involved in Town Government, please visit our Boards and Committees page.
Find information about building / renovating a home at the Nags Head Building Inspections page.
Our Town Code of Ordinances is available online to search.
To learn the difference between public and private streets, read through the Private Streets FAQs (PDF).
Go to the Emergency Preparedness page for information on hurricanes, evacuation, and re-entry.
Please note* (If you have ever purchased an additional recycling cart call PW 252-441-1122 to inquire about a refund/trash cart in lieu of refund).
96 Gallon trash carts are $80.07 (excluding convenience fee) and can be purchased by the following methods:
Website-Click HERE to access our Online Bill Pay (choose Trash Carts).
Checks should be made out to The Town of Nags Head and mailed to Town of Nags Head, PO Box 99, Nags Head, NC 27959 or hand delivered at 5401 Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC. 27959
Please note* (Please do not pay for a 300-Gallon trash cart until you call Public Services at 252-441-1122 and have had an inspection meeting).
300 Gallon trash carts are $770.00 (excluding convenience fee) and can be purchased by the following methods:
If you are interested in purchasing a dumpster; please contact PW at 252-441-1122 for more information.
The Public Services facility is located at 2200 Lark Avenue, off of Eighth Street behind the bowling alley.
You can call us at 252-441-1122, fax us at 252-441-3350 or send us an email.
Reporting a Streetlight/ Traffic Light outage or malfunction can be reported by the following methods:
Click HERE to submit an online request
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us at 252-441-1122
You can drop off recyclables 24/7 at the recycling center at Nags Head's Municipal Complex at 5401 South Croatan Highway and at the Town's Public Works facility at 2200 Lark Avenue.
Do not dispose of hazardous waste in trash carts or through bulk pick-up or drop off in the Town of Nags Head. Chapter 30 of the Town of Nags Head code of ordinances defines Hazardous Refuse as "Materials such as poisons, acids, caustics, harmful or dangerous chemicals, infected materials, offal, fecal matter, explosives, highly flammable material and parts of the human anatomy, including pathological specimens." The following items shall not be placed in refuse or recycle containers:
If you need further direction or have questions as to if the items are a chemical or hazardous, please contact Nags Head’s Public Works Department at 252-441-1122 or Nags Head’s Fire Department at 252-441-5909.
A minimum of one trash cart is required at each single-family residence and at each unit of a duplex.
All seasonal rental units must provide one trash cart for every two bedrooms.
For more information or call Nags Head Public Works at 252-441-1122.
Homeowners/Residents for Bulk item/Brush curbside collection service from October 1st through March 31st.
The Town conducts neighborhood bulk item/brush sweeps each month from October 1 through March 31 for our homeowners and residents. Collection days will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and possibly Fridays during each monthly sweep. To ensure your items are picked up during the monthly sweep, please place your items out in the beginning of each month.
This includes pickup of Brush and Limbs, large/bulky items such as stoves, refrigerators, water heaters, sofas, etc. which cannot normally be loaded into the back of a standard garbage truck. Items must be placed in the right of way, but off the pavement, front of your property prior to collection. Bulk, brush and metal must be placed in separate piles. We do NOT collect items from unimproved Lots.
If you have bulk items/Yard Debris that need to be disposed from May 1 through September 30 you can drop them off at the Town's bulk item collection site ( permit/sticker is required), located across from Nags Head's Public Works complex. This collection site is open Mondays and Thursdays 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and Saturdays all year long from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. If these times are not convenient for you, you can take them to the Dare County Landfill in Stumpy Point. You can call the landfill at 252-473-6339 for more information.
You are welcomed to call us 252-441-1122 or send us an email. Be sure to let us know the serial number and location of the cart as well as your name and phone number so we can determine if the cart is repairable.
First, give us a call and we will give you the serial numbers of the carts assigned to you. Many times carts get blown away after a heavy storm and more often than not the cart can be found in a neighbor’s house. Check the carts down at least one block in either direction. Next, once you’ve found your cart, be sure to affix your house number on the back of the cart as per town specs. That will make it easier to find the next time around.
If you’ve done some investigating and still cannot find your cart you are welcome to purchase a new one.
Trash carts are $80.07 (excluding on convenience fee) and can be purchased by the following methods:
Also by paying on our Website-Click here on our Online Bill Pay (choose Recycling or Trash Carts).
Please refer to the Residential Solid Waste Collection Schedule .
The Town offers a subscription-based residential curbside recycling service from TFC Recycling. Please sign-up through their web site at tfcrecyling.com. You can call TFC at 757-543-5766 or email them at email@example.com.
View the holiday trash and recycling schedule here.
Annual property tax bills are due September 1st and you have up to January 5th to make your payment to avoid added interest (unless January 5th falls on a weekend – taxes are then delinquent on the following Tuesday). The Town of Nags Head does not offer early payment discounts. Interest begins on January 6th at a rate of 2% for the first month and ¾ of 1% is added each month thereafter until paid.
Yes, if you own property in the Town of Nags Head, you will receive two separate tax bills each year - one from Dare County and one from the Town of Nags Head. These are usually mailed out anywhere from the end of July to the first part of August and are the responsibility of the property owner to make sure they are paid (either by the owner directly or a mortgage company). If you do not receive a tax bill in the mail by August 20th, you can obtain a copy under the Online Inquiries and Payments section of our website by typing in either your name OR your parcel number.
No, the Town of Nags Head does not mail tax bills to mortgage companies, only the parcel owner(s) will receive a bill. However, most mortgage companies directly download a file from our website. If tax funds are held in escrow by your mortgage company, it is recommended that you send a copy of your tax bill to your lender. Most mortgage companies do not pay taxes until October to late November. It is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to make sure their tax bills are paid before the delinquent date of January 6th.
The Town of Nags Head reviews property transfers on a monthly basis to try and keep current on properties that have sold or transferred. Tax bills are usually mailed to the owner of record as of January 1st and then we also mail a tax bill to the new owner. You may want to contact your closing attorney to review how taxes were prorated and distributed at the time of your closing. Unpaid taxes are advertised in the name of the owner on the date the tax becomes delinquent.
The Dare County Tax Listing Office is responsible for mailing out annual listing forms and valuing the personal property listed by all taxpayers. The property owner is responsible for listing personal property (furnishings/equipment in a business or in property you rent to others, boats, boat motors, jet skis, untagged vehicles, multi-year tagged trailers, aircraft, golf carts, campers/RV's and manufactured homes) and real property (new buildings, additions, decks, enclosures, finished areas, garages, pools, sheds, bulkheads, docks and piers) on this listing form. Failure to list property during the regular listing period which is January 15th through February 15th will result in a penalty of ten (10%) percent of the personal property tax amount listed under both Dare County and the Town, which will be added to both tax bills for each year that the property was not listed. You will need to contact the Dare County Tax Office (252-475-5952) to determine the reason for the Failure to List penalty if this appears on your tax bill and if you believe it is incorrect.
Rainfall runoff is primarily managed via infiltration into the surrounding sandy soils. Typically, shallow vegetated “v-shaped” swales are constructed parallel to Town roadways to intercept and manage roadway runoff. In some instances, roadway swales may be connected to a larger open ditch system or series of underground storm pipes for conveyance downstream to either an ocean or sound discharge, or outfall. Drainage connections to the sound or the ocean are subject to tidal influence. Drainage flow through these discharges will be limited during high tide cycles and storm surge periods.
If your property is located along South Virginia Dare Trail, South Croatan Highway, or South Old Oregon Inlet Road, the adjoining drainage system is maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. To report an issue along any of these streets, please contact NCDOT County Maintenance Engineer Jeff Ryder at 252-473-2990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nags Head Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining drainage within Town public rights-of-way. To report an issue along a Town street, contact the Department of Public Works at 252.441.1122.
Drainage maintenance along Town public rights-of-way is performed by the Nags Head Public Work’s Department. Preventative maintenance is scheduled during the offseason to include storm pipe jetting and removal of accumulated sediment, debris and vegetation. Due to the expansiveness of the drainage network and limited resources available, Town forces attempt to conduct preventive maintenance activities twice a year. Activities are documented by location and maintenance type. Access recent Town maintenance activities performed.
Predictive maintenance work along Town Public rights-of-way are conducted annually through drainage infrastructure improvement projects via subcontracted work. This work typically consists of existing storm pipe and structure repair and replacement projects via subcontracted services. Visit latest news for scheduled and ongoing drainage construction work.
Drainage maintenance along South Virginia Dare Trail, South Croatan Highway, or South Old Oregon Inlet Road, is performed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). NCDOT is responsible for repairs and maintenance on the five ocean outfalls located throughout the Town.
Several factors contribute to standing water in drainage ditches. All drainage ditches throughout the Town connect to either the ocean or the sound and therefore are impacted by tidal influence and subject to inflow and outflow of water. The water table in the coastal environment can be extremely shallow or close to the land surface. Open drainage ditches can be several deep and intersect the shallow water table and the continued presence of water. Precipitation, surface runoff and resultant drainage flows can also impact water surface levels observed in open drainage ditches.
Property owners with drainage problems may receive technical assistance and advice from the Town. Click here for Homeowner Tips for residential lot level drainage recommendations or contact Kate Jones, email@example.com. at 252-449-4209.
No. Typically, the Town drainage system is located within the public right of way. The public right-of-way is the dedicated area between the street and individual properties for the installation of drainage infrastructure and underground utilities. Drainageways located in the right-of-way provide for the collection, treatment and conveyance of stormwater runoff from the roadway. No improvements in the right-of-way can be conducted without express permission from the Town. For more information call the Department of Public Works at 252-441-1122.
Drainage problems stemming from private property and/or associated with a dispute between two private property owners must be resolved by the property owner(s). If the problem involves a stormwater management facility or feature that was required by Town permit, the Town may issue a notice of violation requiring that mitigation measures be taken by the responsible party or fines will be levied. Where stormwater is flowing from construction sites onto private property, the Town will investigate to ensure that the construction activity is in compliance with the development permit and associated regulations.
Address stormwater at the source. Cost-effective low-impact development (LID) measures can be installed on private properties to collect and infiltrate stormwater runoff generated from hardscapes. LID practices can aid in preserving water quality through the treatment of pollutants associated with stormwater runoff. Capturing stormwater at the source can attenuate peak runoff flows and reduce the potential for downstream flooding. Assisting the Town in keeping drainageways free of debris such as leaves, grass clippings and trash can permit continued operation of the drainage system. For technical assistance contact David Ryan, P.E. at 252-441-6221 or Kate Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org. at 252-449-4209.
For information on staying and playing in Nags Head, contact the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.
Visit our Weddings page for information on getting married in Nags Head.
Visit our Beach/Sound Accesses page for location information.
Our Beach Wheelchairs page provides this information.
The Residential Solid Waste Collection page provides the Nags Head’s trash collection schedule as well as other useful information.
The use of all fireworks in Nags Head is prohibited.
Beach goers are prohibited from leaving unattended personal equipment on the beach from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily. In addition, equipment must not obstruct the passage of vehicles on the beach or the line of sight of lifeguards to the ocean.
Tents, canopies, and awnings on the beach can not be greater than 12 feet by 12 feet in area or higher than 9 feet above the beach surface when erected. They shall also not be tied together and can not be placed any closer than 10 feet apart.
You can dig small holes on the beach, but they must not be left unattended for any period of time at night or for more than one hour during the day. In addition, holes must not create a hazard for people or for animals, and they must not disrupt the passage of vehicles.
Vehicles are allowed on the beach from October 1 through April 30 with a Town-issued permit. Driving on the dunes is prohibited. Visit our Beach Driving page for more information.
ATVs are only allowed on the beach if they are being driven by a disabled person who has a Town-issued special permit. Visit our ATV Use for Disabled Persons page for more information.
Dogs are allowed on the beach at all times as long as they are leashed. Owners must clean up after their dogs. Anyone who violates the leash law is subject to a criminal and/or civil penalty.
Pit fires are allowed on the beach with a permit from Nags Head Fire and Rescue. View our Beach Pit Fires page for more information.
Visit the Rip Current Safety page for more information on rip currents.
From May 1 through September 30, PWCs must be launched by manpower only. From October 1 through April 30, when beach driving is permitted, PWCs may be launched using a vehicle with a Town-issued beach driving permit. PWCs must proceed straight in or out from shore without causing a wake or exceeding 5 mph. They must not be operated within 600 feet of the sound or ocean shoreline.
Golf carts must be registered and tagged for use on the streets in Nags Head. However, they can only be driven on State roads and on side roads (where the speed limit is 35 mph or less). They cannot be driven across U.S. Highway 158 (also known as South Croatan Highway), except at a traffic light to get across the highway. For more information, contact Nags Head's Police Department at 252-441-6386.
You must receive prior approval from Nags Head’s town manager to operate your drone over any Town of Nags Head-owned property. Requests for approval from Nags Head’s town manager must include proof of required state and federal permits as appropriate and must be made by contacting 252-441-5508.
If you are a videographer who has been hired by a vendor to provide aerial drone footage of an event on Town-owned property, please keep in mind that the Town, as part of the approval process, will require proof of the appropriate North Carolina and Federal permits for commercial drone operations.
Small Unmanned Aircraft Use Request on Town-owned property
If you see a town crew flushing hydrants while driving, PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY. You may also want to delay any laundry washing until the crew is finished and you have checked your water for discoloration. We also suggest that you turn off your refrigerator’s ice maker.
If the tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment and discoloration. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check for clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. We recommend using a tub or outside faucet to clear the line. In some cases, you may experience slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.
Check your faucet and washer screens for trapped debris.
When a hydrant is opened, there will always be temporary incidences of discolored water containing fine sediment particles. There is no health hazard associated with discolored water. Allow a few hours for discoloration to dissipate. To verify the water has settled, allow your cold water tap to run a few minutes. If the discoloration persists for more than twenty-four (24) hours, please contact our Water Department at 252-449-4210.
It is recommended that water users wait until the water has cleared before using it for potable (drinking) purposes.
Water contains minerals and these minerals react with the inside of the pipe to produce the by-product. This chemical reaction between the pipe and water is normal and natural process. This process can occur on the inside of the pipe and prevent adequate volume of water flow. The flushing process removes much of this by-product.