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North Carolina has restrictions on the types and ages of fireworks that are legal in the state12345. Fireworks that explode or leave the ground, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and aerial fireworks, are illegal125. Fireworks that stay on the ground, are handheld, or produce smoke or noise, such as sparklers, snakes, and poppers, are legal134. You must be 16 or older to buy or use fireworks in North Carolina13. Violating the fireworks laws can result in a fine of up to $500 and up to six months of imprisonment12.
Completed forms may be mailed to: Town Hall, PO Box 626, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 or faxed to 910-256-7910.
Bills are payable via cash, check, money order, credit card, and online bill pay. We have a bank draft program where your payments can be automatically deducted from your checking account. Payments may be made in -person at Town Hall M-F 8:00 – 5:00 PM, or may be mailed to PO Box 626, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. Please do not mail cash. If you are paying through your bank’s on-line banking, we strongly suggest mailing your payment a few days before the due date to allow for extra processing time by your bank.
To pay through our on-line bill pay program, please click here.
Fines can be paid in four ways:
1. In Person: 321 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
2. By Mail: Make check payable to Town of Wrightsville Beach
- Check/Money Order, DO NOT MAIL CASH
3. By Phone: (910)256-5453
- Visa, Mastercard, or Discover
You can pay online, by mail, or in person at Town Hall.
Stay informed by tuning in to your local media outlets via television, radio, and internet or check online weather websites such as the National Weather Service or the Weather Channel for the latest storm predictions and other pertinent information. The Town of Wrightsville Beach notifies local media outlets of any Town evacuation decisions and any other important information that may affect the public before, during, and after a storm. The Town also includes up-to-date information on its website, Facebook page, and emails information to those residents who provide us with their email address. You may click here to add your email address to our distribution list.
A State of Emergency is declared to initiate state and/or federal funding and assistance when weather-related or other events have the potential to cause significant damage to an area. It does not mean that an order of evacuation or curfew has been instituted. A separate evacuation order may be issued following a State of Emergency declaration.
Once a mandatory evacuation has been ordered, the bridge remains in the down position, barricades are put into place, and traffic onto Wrightsville Beach is suspended by local law enforcement. Without a mandatory evacuation order, the US Coast Guard and the Bridge Tender will make the decision to lock the bridge in the down position when sustained winds reach 30 – 40 mph, suspending marine traffic only.
Evacuation recommendations are based on a variety of factors including hurricane conditions, predicted rainfall amounts, storm surge, and other potentially damaging effects that the hurricane could have on the Town of Wrightsville Beach. An order to evacuate is determined by the Town of Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen.
The Town of Wrightsville Beach will make an announcement prior to enforcement of a mandatory evacuation that will allow residents enough time to comply with the evacuation order. Traffic checkpoints will be established when an evacuation order is given. Therefore, residents should have their vehicle tax decal affixed to their car in order to return to the Town of Wrightsville Beach prior to evacuating.
Vehicle tax decals are used for resident identification upon re-entry to the Town of Wrightsville Beach following an evacuation and may be purchased at the Pivot Parking office located at 321 Causeway Drive during regular office hours. The decals should be purchased annually on or before the first day of April. Sale of the vehicle tax decals will cease under hurricane warning conditions.
Once the Town has suspended operations during a mandatory evacuation, Town of Wrightsville Beach water and sewer services may be interrupted due to weather related damage or power outages. Electricity, provided by Duke Energy, may also be interrupted due to weather conditions.
Storm drains are continually monitored before, during, and after all storm events.
During a storm event or an excessive high tide event, the storm drain outfall pipes are submerged underwater and will not drain until the tide recedes.
After an event, residents will not be permitted to occupy their homes until the water system has been deemed safe and the sewer system is operable.
As manpower allows, Public Works will send sanitation trucks to collect refuse. However, any loose objects should be secured prior to the storm’s arrival in case conditions prevent collection.
The normal debris pick-up procedures are in effect unless Town of Wrightsville Beach officials determine that a free pick up will be offered. Instructions on what type of debris will be picked up and the schedule for that pick-up will be determined following the event. Free debris pick-up for vegetative debris, household waste, white goods, and e-waste is only for storm-related debris that is located on your property.
Single-space parking meters will accept nickels, dimes, and quarters only, and the rate is $5.00/hour or $25/day. Paystations in lots and street ends accept credit cards, bills (up to $10), and coins (quarters and dollar coins), and the rate is $5.00 per hour.
You may also pre-pay for your parking at the Parking Office before you head to the beach. Passes are sold in hourly, daily, multiple days, and weekly quantities. This does not guarantee a parking space, but it is a convenience should you choose to pay before you find a space. No refunds are issued if you cannot find a parking space once a pass from the Parking Office has been purchased.
Approximately 1,800 spaces are enforced and available for public parking.
Meters are enforced every day from March 1st to October 31st.
If you have parked at a parking meter that is broken, please call 910-256-5453. Make sure you have the name of the street where the meter is located and the meter number. Any issues with meters, Pay Stations, or the Pay by Phone system should be reported to the parking office immediately. Citations resulting from unreported equipment malfunctions will be upheld.
§ 74.23 HANDICAPPED PARKING.
(A) No person shall park or leave standing a vehicle in any parking space located on a public street or in an off-street parking facility owned or leased by the town and designated for use by the public as parking facilities and which has been appropriately designated for the handicapped when the vehicle so parked does not display the distinguishing license plate, placard or identification card as provided in G.S. § 20-37.6.
(B) Vehicles displaying the distinguishing license plate, placard or identification card as provided in G.S. § 20-37.6 may park in designated handicapped parking spaces at any location in the Town without the payment of any fee. However, it shall be unlawful for such vehicles to park in any parking meter space not designated for handicapped parking without paying the required fee.
The parking program has the authority to use wheel locks (boots) on illegally parked vehicles for which there are 3 or more outstanding, unpaid, and overdue parking tickets. The operator of such a vehicle is known as a scofflaw.
The Wrightsville Beach Parking Program is a public/private partnership between the Town of Wrightsville Beach and Pivot Parking. Pivot Parking manages the day-to-day operations, but the Town sets all fees, penalties, hours of operation, location of meters, and other policy issues.
Parking fine amounts vary depending on the violation. Most meter violations are $50. If not paid, within 3 days, the penalty is $60; if not paid within 10 days, the penalty is $70.
Inquire by phone at 910-256-5453 or in person at the parking office at 321 Causeway Drive.
Call the parking office (910) 256-5453 for information on how to file an appeal.
Check out our parking citation payment options here: https://www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com/165/Pay-a-Parking-Citation
Pay or appeal the citation within 3 days of the issuance.
Yes. As a registered owner, you are liable for any citations regardless of whether or not you were using the vehicle at the time the citations were issued.
No membership is required and you don’t have to be a Wrightsville Beach resident or property owner to participate in Parks and Recreation programs and activities. Anyone may participate!
Yes, weddings on the beach require a special event permit. Complete and submit the special event permit application and mail it into the Park Office along with the appropriate fee. Our Special Event Permit page will have a link to download the application. Feel free to call (910-256-7925) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Park Office if you have any questions.
Complete a registration form / waiver and return it to the park office along with the appropriate fee for the class. We accept cash, check, or credit card (additional $4 bank fee).
If your property is located within an Area of Environmental Concern (AEC) and if your project involves over 200 square feet of ground disturbance you may need to obtain a CAMA Minor Development Permit. Within the Town of Wrightsville Beach the two primary AEC's are the Ocean Erodible Area and the Estuarine Shoreline. The Ocean Erodible Area generally includes most oceanfront properties. The Estuarine Shoreline generally includes most sound front properties. For additional information please contact Planning & Inspections at (910) 256-7937.
The official zoning map is on display in the Planning & Inspections department.
A map of the pier headline is located in the Planning & Inspections department.
How to Access Police Services
To appeal a citation please fill out the citation appeal form located on main page and turn it in to the Police Department Administrative Support Specialist. Make sure to have it notarized.
If you are mailing your payment, be sure to include a copy of your citation or reference the CC number and remit payments: to Town of Wrightsville Beach, PO Box 626, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. DO NOT MAIL CASH.
Yes. To sign up for residential checks please submit the Residential Check form to the Police Department front desk. You mail do this by fax, email, mail, or in person.
Residential Security Check
Yes. The Wrightsville Beach Police Department now has a recruit program that offers a paid sponsorship for individuals to attend Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET). This paid sponsorship offers the recruit the ability to receive a full time salary with benefits while attending BLET. The recruit will also get the opportunity to work directly with members of the Police Department while in BLET to allow them a chance to gain more intimate knowledge of the agency, town and citizens. Interested in the recruit program? To apply for a sponsorship fill out the town application, an F-3 (11/2022), and a general release of information. All forms can be notarized and turned in at the front desk of the Police Department.
The Wrightsville Beach Police Department has a paid/flexible work (not full time) positions for Reserve Officers. A Reserve Officer is a fully certified police officer who helps to augment our force.
Anyone interested in serving as a Reserve Officer or serving through non-law enforcement volunteer opportunities, should email the Chief at email@example.com
While there are no formal volunteer positions, we are always open to collaborate with interested volunteers so that we don't miss an opportunity. Anyone interested in volunteering should email the Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any citizen or employee of the Wrightsville Beach Police Department may make a complaint. All complaints against the agency or its members will be documented by the appropriate authority. In order to proceed with a formal investigation conducted by the Chief of Police or their designee, an anonymous completed complaint is required from the complainant summarizing the alleged misconduct. Once the investigation has been completed, a Finding will be established regarding whether a violation has occurred according to the evidence. Final disposition status will be determined. Please click on Findings for more information. This form is called the Personnel Complaint Report.
Anyone trying to offer a note of praise or appreciation is encouraged to email the Chief at email@example.com
We do not have a set time of day for each street. Daily routes start at 7:00 a.m. and trash carts should be out at that time. Even if it seems the truck comes by at the same time of day, occasionally issues develop that cause a shift in schedules.
A new employee or route alteration may have missed you by accident.
Yard debris is scheduled on Wednesdays. To get on the schedule, call Public Works by Monday of the week you want it picked up. Loose debris should be bagged. Branches should be less than 4' and stacked neatly at curb.
Trash carts that are not deemed fixable will be replaced. Call Public Works and report damage.
Public Works no longer looks for lost trash carts. They are the responsibility of the owner. Serial numbers are not tracked. It's advised that cart owners write the cart serial numbers down for their records or write the address associated with the cart under the lid with permanent marker. Contact Public Works for cart replacement if lost or stolen.
The smell could be due to hydrogen sulfide or sulfur bacteria in the water heater, water softener, water distribution system. If the water has not been turned on recently, try running both hot and cold water for a few minutes to flush system. Reference the following link for more information; /DocumentCenter/View/887/Bad-Smelling-Water