Paid Beach Parking

From April 15 through September 17, NCParking Kiosks will be in place at the Eastern and Western Ocean Regional Accesses in Emerald Isle to accept payment for parking. Signage and ambassadors will be on-site to assist as needed.

During this timeframe, parking is $2-$4 an hour, with the maximum paid per day being $16, during dates when the $4 price is enacted. Payment is accepted via debit or credit card. 

4/15 - 4/30:  Mon-Fri $2, Sat & Sun $3

5/1 - 5/28: Mon-Fri $3, Sat & Sun $4

5/29 - 9/3: Mon-Fri $4, Sat & Sun $4

9/4 - 9/17: Mon-Fri $2, Sat & Sun $3 

Patrons may also download the Passport parking app to pay for their parking spot. The second video listed below shows how to use the phone app.

This program will run seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you have customer service questions regarding the payment options, please call 910-515-8825.

To pay or appeal a parking citation, it is best to go through

Parking Passes

Parking pass applications for Emerald Isle taxpayers, business owners and select groups will be available online beginning March 1, and in-person applications will be available at the Emerald Isle Police Department starting April 1. The EIPD is at 7500 Emerald Drive. 

Emerald Isle taxpayers, business owners and select groups are eligible for 1-2 free parking passes through the Emerald Isle Police Department. You can read full details and apply for a parking pass online if you are eligible. Please note, due to the high demand, same day service is not guaranteed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can read a list of frequently asked questions and answers about paid parking at the Western and Eastern Ocean Regional accesses. 

Kiosk Payments

There are two kiosks at both accesses. Learn how to use payment kiosks for the beach:

Passport Parking App

Learn how to use the Passport Parking App to pay for beach parking in Emerald Isle: