Regulation for Beach Pit Fires


  • Pit Fire Permits are good for the day of purchase only and are good from the time of purchase till midnight, and are valid only within the Town of Nags Head.
  • The pit fire shall not be left unattended and the permit must stay with that person and the fire at all times it is active/hot. If the permit is purchased online, access to view the digital permit / Email needs to be readily available at the fire.
  • The fire must be attended by a competent person who must be of an age of 14 years or older, which person must attend the fire and see that it is completely extinguished prior to leaving the site thereof.
  • The fire shall be no closer than 50 feet from any combustible materials (buildings, life guard stands, sea grass, brush, etc.). It shall be in a hollowed out pit no larger than 3 feet in diameter and not less than 1 foot in depth and must remain within the confines of the pit.
  • The fire will be completely extinguished with water and all debris removed from the beach area after the fire is completely out. Clean the area of all trash before leaving.
  • The fire will need to be extinguished with water if the wind speed is in excess of 10 knots / 11.5mph or if embers blow toward any combustible materials.
  • This is a one-time, non-refundable permit.
  • Only leaves, branches or other plant growth can be burned, nothing else. It is illegal to burn trash, lumber scraps or other non-vegetative material.