Visitor Parking, Pets & FAQs

Parking at a Glance

The Town of Carolina Beach has metered parking spaces as well as parking lots that offer pay-by-phone parking through the ParkMobile app. Parking lots also have pay stations that accept cash. Lanier Parking is responsible for ticket issuance, ticket payments, appeals, as well as, meter collection and maintenance. Parking is enforced beginning April 1st continuing through October 31st.  During this time paid parking is in effect from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. Parking for more than 24 hours at a time is not permitted. For parking services, call Lanier Parking at 910-458-4614. To enjoy overnight beach camping and 4-wheel drive beach access head to Freeman Park. Information regarding Freeman Park rules and regulations as well as site availability can be found here.

Handicap Information

All parking spaces designated "Handicap" spaces are free as along as the vehicle is displaying a handicap parking placard. For information on parking and any restrictions, call the Town Parking Office at 910-458-4614. Information about free beach accessibility equipment/services can be found by calling the Carolina Beach Police Department at 910-458-8200 and/or the Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation Department at 910-458-2977.

For more comprehensive handicap information, visit ACCESS North Carolina.

Four-wheel Drive Beach Access

Driving on the beach is permitted at Freeman Park. Annual, daily and daily holiday passes are available. Only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed. No all wheel or two wheel drive vehicles are permitted. For more information, rules and regulations visit the park website.

Pets & Pooches

All dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. You must have a plastic or paper container that can be used to clean up and contain dog waste on your person at all times until you can dispose of the waste in an appropriate container.  Visit the Town of Carolina Beach for a list of Carolina Beach Pet Rules.

Dogs are not allowed on the historical wooden parts of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk or in the Boardwalk Business District at any time-- this includes sidewalks, walkways, or public property east of Canal Dr. from the north side of Harper Ave. (Hampton Inn location) up to and including Cape Fear Blvd. (Gazebo area).

Dogs are allowed on the beach any time from October 1st to March 31st and before 9am and after 5pm from April 1st to September 30th. Mike Chappell Park (located at 501 S Dow Rd, Carolina Beach) has a year-round fenced dog park.

Freeman Park Pet Regulations: Dogs are required to be on a leash from April 1st to September 30th. From October 1st to March 31st, dogs are allowed off a leash so long as they remain under voice command and the owner is within a reasonable distance from the pet. For further information, please contact the Carolina Beach Police Department at 910-458-2540.


Lifeguards are on duty every day from Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. Carolina Beach is a USLA Advanced Certified Beach. The lifeguards train and exercise daily for the safety of everyone on the beach. Public access and beach regulations are listed here.

Local Taxes

Sales and use tax on purchases, including food, clothing, and other retail are taxed at the rate of 7%, grocery store food designed to take home is 2%, and prepared food at restaurants is 7%. In addition to the 7% sales tax, there is a local county room occupancy tax at a rate of 6%.