Can I fly my drone over public property, such as Nags Head’s parks?

You must receive prior approval from Nags Head’s town manager to operate your drone over any Town of Nags Head-owned property. Requests for approval from Nags Head’s town manager must include proof of required state and federal permits as appropriate. 

Town of Nags Head-owned property includes:

  • Dowdy Park 
  • Town Park
  • Whalebone Park
  • Dog Park
  • Skate Park at the YMCA
  • All Town Facilities (offices, fire stations, etc...)
  • Beach and Sound Accesses 

If you are a videographer who has been hired by a vendor to provide aerial drone footage of an event on Town-owned property, please keep in mind that the Town, as part of the approval process, will require proof of the appropriate North Carolina and Federal permits for commercial drone operations.

You may fly a drone over the public beach in Nags Head according to North Carolina and FAA regulations

Jennette's Pier and Jockey's Ridge State Park are State of North Carolina facilities. Please check with them regarding drone use on their properties. 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which is south of Nags Head, is a national park and is governed by the Federal government. Visit their web site for more information. 

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1. Where can I get more information on visiting Nags Head?
2. Where can I get more information about getting married in Nags Head?
3. Where are your public beach and sound accesses located?
4. Do you offer beach wheelchairs?
5. When is trash collected?
6. Can you use fireworks in Nags Head?
7. Can you leave tents, canopies, chairs, volleyball nets, and/or similar equipment on the beach overnight?
8. Can you dig holes on the beach?
9. When are vehicles allowed on the beach?
10. Are dogs allowed on the beach?
11. Are pit fires allowed on the beach?
12. Where can I learn more about rip currents?
13. Can I operate a personal watercraft (PWC) in Nags Head?
14. Can I operate a golf cart on the streets in Nags Head?
15. Can I fly my drone over public property, such as Nags Head’s parks?
16. Can I use a metal detector on the beach in Nags Head?