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Use of fireworks within the city limits of Oak Island is illegal.

North Carolina General Statute 14-410 prohibits the possession or use of pyrotechnics or fireworks. This includes any firework that will explode, such as fire crackers, or leave the ground, such as bottle rockets or mortars.

The use and possession of items that are classified a sparklers or poppers are allowed as they do not explode or leave the ground.

What do I have to do to drive a Low-Speed Vehicle on the streets of Oak Island?

Definition: A golf cart, as defined in NCGS 20-4.01(12b), is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting and recreational purposes, and therefore can not be operated on the roadways.
A Low-Speed Vehicle, as defined in NCGS 20-4.01(27h) can be operated on the roadways with restrictions. There are registration, insurance and equipment requirements that apply to all motor vehicles and vehicles driven on a street or highway. Therefore, a Low-Speed Vehicle driven on a street or highway must be registered, insured and equipped with safe tires, safe brakes, a horn, directional signals and comply with other similar equipment requirements.  The Low-Speed Vehicle must be certified road ready by a state approved dealership. The dealership will issue the Low-Speed Vehicle a Vehicle Identification Number.  Once the VIN has been issued the owner must register the cart through DMV and be issued a license tag.

Only after a Low-Speed Vehicle has met the requirements can it be driven upon the roadway. Once a Low-Speed Vehicle has been registered, it can then be operated only on roadways posted at 35 mph or less.

Safe operating rules:

  • Operator Must be at least 16 years old and have a valid North Carolina Drivers License
  • All Occupants must wear a seat belt.
  • Hands and feet should be kept inside the Low-Speed Vehicle at all times.
  • Low-Speed Vehicles should only be driven in designated areas.
  • Set the brake before leaving the Low-Speed Vehicle.
  • To avoid tipping over, drive Low-Speed Vehicles straight up and straight down slopes
  • Slow down before corners.
  • Do not move Low-Speed Vehicles until all occupants are seated.
  • Occupants should remain seated while the Low-Speed Vehicle is in motion.
  • Be extra careful when surfaces are wet and/or muddy.
  • Trailers cannot be towed by LSVs unless the trailer has been properly registered through the Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • Once properly licensed the trailer must attached securely to the LSV in accordance with all licensed vehicle regulations.

Oak Island Town Ordinances

Golf carts can be operated on the beach in designated areas, only under the following conditions, according to Town ordinances:

Sec. 28-6 Exception for motorized wheelchairs.

Notwithstanding the restricted area listed in Sec. 28.5, person(s) who have been issued a state handicapped permit and/or a permanent handicapped registration plate and a permit issued by the Town of Oak Island Police Department may operate an approved beach accessible vehicle on the beach in designated areas.  Operation is permitted by the permit holder or his/her designated driver who shall at all times operate in a safe and prudent manner, who shall give way to pedestrians at all times and who shall give warning before starting, stopping, turning his vehicle and remain clear of the federally-protected turtle nesting areas.  The number of passengers shall be limited to the design of the approved vehicle.

Operation is limited to: (1) the last beach access on West Beach Drive and west to a point as designated by signage reflecting no further vehicle traffic; (2) from 58th Street SE to 69th Street SE; (3) from dawn to dusk.

(g.) Except as may be otherwise provided for by state law, violation of this chapter as it pertains to operation or parking of vehicles, will be prosecuted and will be punished as provided in NCGS 14-4 as the same may be amended from time to time.