The Town of Duck was incorporated on May 1, 2002. By that date, all oceanfront property, excluding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility, had been platted as private property. The vast majority of private oceanfront properties were developed as individual subdivisions. Many of these subdivisions were set up by the subdivision developers to be governed by a homeowners’ association (HOA).
The recorded plats for many of these subdivisions depict access points for the owners of property within the subdivision, their renters and guests, to the public beaches in Duck. Neither the Town of Duck, nor Dare County before it, own or maintain any beach access points within the Town of Duck. Of the more than 60 subdivisions that are located in the Town of Duck, only a few do not have platted beach access points associated with the subdivision.
The Town does not provide oversight or guidance as to who has the right to use a beach access point in a particular subdivision. The Town does not monitor the use of beach access points in the Town.
If you are staying in a rental home, please ask your rental agent or property manager if the house has access to a beach access point and if so, its location. When purchasing a property in Duck, please work with your real estate broker and attorney to obtain beach access information and rules for your subdivision.