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What to Know About the 2023 Town Ordinance

On January 10, 2023, the Oak Island Town Council voted four to one to approve a service agreement with Otto Connect, Inc., for paid parking services on Oak Island. The Town Council also passed an amendment to the town’s code of ordinances related to parking that also abolishes right of way parking on Oak Island. Oak Island Accommodations is working diligently to coordinate with town officials and gain a better understanding of what this will new development will look like for our property owners and visitors.

Under the new ordinance, paid parking will run every year from April 1 through September 30 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Once the program is enacted, parking for those without a town resident decal will cost $5 per hour, $20 per day, or $80 per week. Parking passes will be purchased electronically at time of use through a mobile app. The Town will offer a very limited number of annual passes for $175 each that will link to a single license plate, but we are unsure at this time of any further restrictions or requirements to purchase a yearly pass.  Yearly parking passes are anticipated to be available for sale sometime in the early spring.

The Town Council has also abolished right of way parking throughout the town. The right of way is the grassy area immediately adjacent to the road that locals and visitors to Oak Island have used for overflow parking at a property, otherwise known as streetside parking. Driveways usually cross over the right of way and are exempt from restriction. We know some of our guests have traditionally used these areas in order to accommodate extra vehicles, boats and trailers when staying at a vacation rental. With this in mind, guests may need to make plans to limit the number of vehicles they will bring to Oak Island. If you have already booked a vacation home and have questions about how many vehicles the rental's driveway can accommodate, contact our guest services department and a staff member will assist you.

We’re sure you have questions. Rest assured, we do too!  The Town of Oak Island has created a dedicated page on their website that includes a Frequently Asked Questions section that is still being expanded on. We highly recommend checking this valuable resource out directly, but we’ve also provided answers below to some of the questions most likely to be shared by our guests and owners.

We understand that, for those that have vacationed on Oak Island for many years, this is a big change. We appreciate your patience as we work to help you find your parking place by the sea.

Paid Parking Guest Frequently Asked Questions

How Does This Affect My Stay?

If you’ll vacation on Oak Island prior to April 1, 2023, or in the off-season between October 1 and March 31, paid parking will not affect your stay under the current ordinance. Those vacationing between April 1 and September 30 will need to purchase parking passes if they plan to utilize public beach access parking within the Town of Oak Island. Guests staying in properties on the north side of Oak Island Drive may feel the greatest impacts. Regardless of stay dates, all guests may need to research the maximum number of vehicles your rental will accommodate as noted above due to the loss of right of way parking. 

How Many Vehicles Can Park at My Rental?

If the number of available parking spaces is not listed in your rental’s description and cannot be determined via the property photographs, please reach out and our guest services department will be glad to assist you as needed.

Can All of Our Vehicles Share One Pass?

No. Passes are assigned to individual vehicles, based on the license plate and registration of each. They are not a physical slip, decal, or sticker that can be transferred from one vehicle to another.

Is Handicap Parking Free?

Yes, with limitations. A vehicle displaying a handicap license plate and / or hangtag parked in a designated handicap space is free. Any other parking space will require a parking permit via the app.

What If I Don’t Have a Smart Phone or My Signal Isn’t Strong Enough to Download the App?

Simply call Otto Connect directly at 910-200-1497 to be connected with a representative who can assist you. 

How Much is a Parking Citation?

Parking violations are $50. After 30 days, a $25 late fee will be applied. Citations NOT paid within 60 days will be referred to a collection agency.

Paid Parking Owner Frequently Asked Questions

Are Town Parking Decals Still Valid and Still Being Issued?

Yes. The current (GREEN) Town Resident Parking Decals are valid through December 31, 2023 for the vehicle they are registered to. However, they will no longer be needed once the Paid Parking Program has been implemented. The list of all currently registered vehicles will be transferred to the contracted parking service provider (vendor), and Resident Parking status will be verified onsite through the license plate. A maximum of 3 vehicles may be registered per property at a cost of $10 each. Status will be linked to your license plate and a physical decal will no longer be issued. Town decals will now be obtained directly through the vendor and will no longer be available from Town Hall or the Town Website.

  • REMINDER: Town Parking Decals are based on the vehicle they are registered to. The “sharing” of decals is already prohibited, so simply displaying a decal will NOT prevent a ticket – it must be a registered vehicle.
Does The New Parking Program Impact Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) Parking?

Yes. LSVs will be treated as any other licensed and tagged vehicle and will need a Paid Parking Pass or Town Parking Pass for any publicly provided spaces. This includes all LSV-only parking spaces / lots, such as the one provided at S Middleton Ave.

I Provide a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) as an “Add-on” Option for Short Term Rentals. Can I Get an Annual Pass For It?

LSVs will be treated as any other licensed and tagged vehicle and will need a Paid Parking Pass or Town Resident Parking Pass for any publicly provided spaces. A limit of three (3) Town Parking Passes are available for any resident / property owner, regardless of the vehicle type. There are no exceptions or additional Town Parking Passes available for only LSVs, they must count as part of the three (3) vehicle limit.

Will “Short Trip” Visits for Businesses, Tradespeople, or Concierge Style Services be Allowed to Park in the Right of Way Outside of a Home They Are Servicing?

Vendor staff In Paid Parking areas, as well as Police Officers in areas monitored by the Police Department, will all use a “common sense” approach to ticketing right-of-way parking during the enforced paid parking times, and take into consideration the purpose and duration of vehicle parking. Effort will be made to verify the legitimacy of the stop. 

NOTE: If parking in a right of way, regardless of whether it is during an enforced Paid Parking time or not, ALL tires must be completely off of the roadway.

Will Residents Still Have Reserved Spaces? If So, What If All of the Reserved Spaces Are Full?

Currently, there are 182 marked Town Resident Parking spaces available, which are closest to the public beach areas. At the Town Council's direction, an additional 182 Town Resident Parking spaces are being identified, which will be spread out to provide direct access to other features such as parks and recreational facilities.

Town Resident Parking from registered vehicles will still be allowed in ANY other space provided as well, and will NOT have to pay the Paid Parking rate.