The Outer Banks And Its Dog Friendly Leash Laws

The Outer Banks And Its Dog Friendly Leash Laws

We love our four-legged friends on the Outer Banks, especially our canine companions. While the OBX in general is a very pet-friendly destination, each town has it's own specific leash laws and regulations for pets. But no matter which town you take your pets, it's always necessary to pick up pet waste and dispose of it in a waste receptacle. Here's the "scoop" on the town leash laws for the Outer Banks:


Dogs are allowed on the beach as long as they are on a leash; however, there are no leash length requirements. For more information, contact Currituck County at 252-453-8555.


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.

Southern Shores:

In addition to a year-round leash law, there are time restrictions for dogs on the beach during the summer months. From May 15 - Sept 15, dogs are allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Dogs must be on leashes no longer than 10 feet. All pet waste must be collected immediately and deposited in appropriate containers. The same rules apply during all hours in the off-season.

Kitty Hawk:

Dogs are allowed on beach and must display a current rabies tag. Owner/handler must remove pet waste 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 12 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.

Kill Devil Hills:

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15 - September 15 during the hourse of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. unless they are aiding the handicapped. All pet waste must be gathered in appropriate containers. Year-round leash law.

Nags Head:

Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a least not exceeding 10

Cape Hatteras National Seashore:

Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained with a leash 6 feet or less at all

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