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Welcome Back – Updated Information from Dare County

As our non-resident property owners prepare to access the Outer Banks on Monday, May 4 via Dare County’s staggered schedule, we wanted to repost all information. Dare County has also provided a definition of ‘immediate family’ for this process.

Dare County will open to Non-Resident Property Owners who have a valid entry permit with matching government issued ID  according to the schedule below:

  • Beginning Monday, May 4 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non- resident property owners whose last name begins with A – I

  • Beginning Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins and is ongoing for non- resident property owners whose last name begins with J – R

  • Beginning Friday, May 8 at 6:00 a.m. – Entry begins for non-resident property owners whose last name begins with S – Z

In the interest of health and safety, please keep your window rolled up and place your entry documents against the windows for law enforcement officers to view.

The officer will ensure documentation is valid and may ask for confirmation that everyone in the vehicle is an immediate family member of the permit holder.   Immediate family members include a spouse, parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent, or grandchild. The term includes the step, half, and in-law relationships.  Those failing to comply may be denied entry.

Visitors are prohibited from entering Dare County. Law enforcement continues to work diligently to enforce entry restrictions and to take appropriate action for those violating the emergency declaration.


Due to high demand for the online entry permitting system, some users have experienced difficulties applying for entry permits. We apologize for the inconvenience. No one will be denied entry with proper identification. Click the link below to apply for a permit, or provide the requested documents in lieu of a permit for entry.

Click here to apply for a Non-Resident Property Owner Entry Permit

  • Permits will be issued to “Primary Owners” listed on the tax record for each property.
  • To apply for a permit, applicants will need the property parcel number and the driver’s license information for each Primary Owner.
  • Your permit will be titled “PRIORITY 3 RE-ENTRY PERMIT”

In lieu of an entry permit, non-resident property owners will be allowed entry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet AND matching government-issued identification card

If you previously applied for and misplaced your 2020 non-resident property owner permit, use this link to reprint your permit. You will need your driver’s license number that was entered when you initially applied for the permit.

Information on Grocery and Store Supplies

All non-resident property owners should bring their own supplies to sustain themselves in their homes as much as possible, including groceries, prescriptions, paper products and other essentials. 

As the number of shoppers increases, people may experience a greater wait time to enter at grocery stores due to restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry. Shoppers should also expect to see changes in product availability as supply chain demand fluctuates across the nation. Please only purchase what you need. Local grocers are also asking people to please respect the special hours set aside for at risk populations and to minimize the number of people shopping together to minimize wait times  Information on stores that have reserved shopping hours or online ordering/curbside pickup can be found here.

As the gradual lifting of restrictions gets underway, it is important to continue to follow the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order:

  • Travel only for essential needs
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining at least a 6 foot distance between you and others
  • Avoid direct contact with those other than your immediate family members
  • Avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 people  

In addition, individuals are now required to wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores or pharmacies. Visit for more information.

Safe travel to all and welcome back!

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