Pets on the Beach in the Outer Banks

Pets on the Beach

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Rules and Regulations

Dogs are allowed on the beach with a year round leash law. Your pet must be on a leash at all times. Pet owners/handlers are responsible for removal of pet waste.

Corolla

Dogs are allowed on beaches year round. Leashes are required in Currituck County, but there are no length requirements.

Duck

Dogs are allowed on the beach unleashed, but as a matter of public safety and courtesy, they should be under the watchful eye and contact of their owner. They must be leashed, with a leash not exceeding 10 ft. while in the town limits. townofduck.com

Kill Devil Hills

Between May 15 and September 15 no dogs shall be permitted on the public beach between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm., unless being used to aid a handicapped person. At all other times, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beaches except upon a leash and under the control of the owner or handler. Pet owners must remove all pet waste and dispose of properly.

Kitty Hawk

Dogs are allowed on beach. Owner handler must remove feces and possess a bag/container for waste removal at all times. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet. Dogs may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach and must be controlled by the handler, who must remain within 30 feet of the dog at all times. Leash must be with owner/handler at all times. townofkittyhawk.org

Nags Head

Dogs are allowed on the beach year round with a leash. Pet owners/handlers are responsible for removal of pet waste and are to maintain control of their pets at all times. Pet waste is not to be buried in the sand or put in the ocean.

Southern Shores

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, May 15 - September 15. Year-round leash law. All pet waste must be collected immediately and deposited in appropriate containers.

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Dogs on public beaches

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