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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Oak Island paid parking begins Saturday

Oak Island will begin its paid parking program on April 1, 2023. (PCD/file).

OAK ISLAND — No, it’s not a joke. The Town of Oak Island, one of the last beach town holdouts to paid parking, will start charging on Saturday, April 1.

The Brunswick beach town voted to initiate a paid parking system with parking vendor Otto Connect in January after months of consideration and public feedback.

READ MORE: ‘Significant step forward’: OKI chooses vendor for paid parking

Here are the rules:

  • Paid parking will be enforced from April 1 to September 30, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Rates are $5 per hour, $20 per day, or $80 a week (the limited number of available seasonal permits have already been sold for the 2023 season)
  • Purchase options include:  
    1. Online: Scan the QR code on the “Pay To Park” signs or visit
    2. Mobile: Download the SurfCAST mobile app, and follow the prompts provided
    3. By phone: Call the Otto Connect team at 910-200-1497
  • These rules apply to all marked parking spaces in the beachfront areas south of the Davis Canal (West of SE 40th St.) and E. Oak Island Drive (East of SE 40th St.)
  • Not included: parking in spaces marked with “Town Parking” signage (for more information, click on the “Town Parking Permit” tab at
  • Not included: any spaces not marked by a parking bumper or any right-of-way areas in the paid parking zone during the enforcement times

Residents and property owners that have registered for the town’s parking permit can park in the above areas without additional charge, along with vehicles in handicap spaces. The enforcement areas will also be open to free parking, unless otherwise marked, during the off-season and off-hours.

Full details, along with a parking zone map, can be found on the town’s website.

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