Beach Activities & Rules (click here for printable brochure)
Unattended Beach Equipment
New Unattended Beach Equipment Ordinance
Glass bottles or glass containers of any type are prohibited on the beach.
Camping overnight on the beach or otherwise using the beach as a domicile is prohibited.
Click here for the Topsail Island Surf Report & Forecast.
Holes on the Beach
Please be mindful that unattended holes left on the beach strand can cause injury to others, especially as night falls. Please be sure you fill in any holes before you leave them unattended and please follow the Town's ordinance as follows:
To help prevent personal injury and damage to property, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation within the corporate limits of the Town of North Topsail Beach to dig into the sand on any part of the beach strand greater than twelve (12) inches deep, without having a responsible person attending the area to prevent any person or persons from walking into any existing hole and risking personal injury, and to allow public safety vehicles the ability to respond to emergencies without risk of damage to equipment or personal property. Prior to leaving the area and thirty (30) minutes prior to sunset, any hole greater than twelve (12) inches deep shall be filled to level with the surrounding area, leaving the area in the same general condition which it was found.
Dangers of Digging Holes on the Beach
Dogs on the Beach
Dogs must be on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times. While being walked or exercised off the premises or property of the owner or custodian, the dog must be restrained by a leash connected to a collar or harness, sufficient to restrain the dog from breaking loose. The leash is not to be longer than twenty-five (25) feet in length (retractable).
It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all excrement is immediately removed and placed in the proper receptacle. Please do not leave animals locked in unattended vehicles with no provisions or climate control, as it is detrimental to their health. Cruel and inhumane treatment of animals will result in the responsible party being charged with applicable violations.
Please make the beach enjoyable for all - both people and your pets!
THE FINE FOR LEASH LAW VIOLATIONS & FAILURE TO PICK UP DOG WASTE IS $100
IS BANNED ON NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH!
Discussion regarding the Resolution to Eradicate "Beach Vitex" can be found in the Board of Aldermen Minutes of July 2006.
Concerned about sharks?
Read this brochure sponsored by NOAA and Sea Grant.