Visitor Parking, Pets & FAQs

Parking at a Glance

The Town of Wrightsville Beach has over 1,600 metered spaces available for public parking. Meters are enforced every day from March 1 to October 31 from 9am to 7pm (with some enforced 9am - 8pm). Wrightsville Beach also uses pay stations and offers pay-by-phone for your convenience at some public parking locations. There are 26 pay stations located on the island. Find more information about parking locations, payment options, rates and other parking information on the Town of Wrightsville Beach website.

Handicap Information

Parking must be paid for every vehicle, with the following exception.  If a valid handicapped placard or license plate is displayed in/on a vehicle parked in a marked handicapped space, no payment is required.  A handicapped placard or plate does not enable free parking elsewhere. For information on free beach accessibility equipment/services, call the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation office at 910-256-7925.

For more comprehensive handicap information, visit ACCESS North Carolina.

Pet and Pooches

Your pet must always be on a leash while in the Town of Wrightsville Beach. You are required to clean up after your pet at all times and dispose of pet waste in available trash cans. No pets are allowed on the beach strand from April 1 through September 30.

There are several stations containing complimentary dog waste bags just in case you forget to bring your own means of disposal and several dog-friendly water fountains located around the Town of Wrightsville Beach. For further information, please contact the Wrightsville Beach Planning and Parks Department at 256-7937 ext. 410.


Lifeguards are on duty every day from Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. Wrightsville Beach is a USLA Advanced Certified Beach. All seasonal ocean rescue personnel are trained as both open water lifeguards and emergency medical responders according to ULSA advanced agency standards. Click here for public access points and other beach information.

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%.