Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety and are also in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. View details at   Click here for the latest information on COVID-19. 


Dare County is in the process of updating the Land Use Plan. A series of public workshops were held in April 2018 to gather public input. The plan posted on this website is current.

Under the provisions of the NC Coastal Area Management Act, all coastal counties must prepare and update guidelines and policies for land use development within their jurisdictions. Such documents, commonly known as Land Use Plans (LUPs), provide local elected officials with a set of guidelines for development patterns and other land use issues that are important to the community.

Land Use Plans include policies on various topics, and implementation activities for the policies. Typically, LUPs include policies on such issues as water quality, residential and commercial development patterns, beach access, oceanfront and estuarine development, stormwater management, wastewater, and transportation.


Dare County Land Use Plan

 (pdf document)