Beach Ordinance and Resolutions


Repairs request for Beach Front Parks, Boardwalk or any other County Facilities.  

 There are to be no glass containers on County beaches. 

 Littering is prohibited. 

 No Open Fires from May 1st to October 31st, due to Marine Turtle Nesting Season.

Concession license: Beach Concession Permits will be issued through the Planning Dept. ONLY if vendor has a written agreement from the resort area per Ordinance 2003-42.

Personal Items Left Unattended Will be Removed and Destroyed
Ordinance No. 2016-06 prohibits and regulates personal property left unattended on Atlantic Ocean Beaches within the unincorporated areas of Amelia Island (from Peters Point south to the State Park).

Any items left unattended on the beach between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. will be declared a public nuisance and will be removed and destroyed. This includes but is not limited to: tents (including tent frames), cabanas, umbrellas, and other shading devices, beach chairs and other furniture, picnic tables, tiki huts, volleyball nets, hammocks, floats, sailboards, surfboards, kites, jet skis, sailboats, water cycles and other watercraft, beach toys, grills, nets, coolers, canoes, kayaks, and general items for beach recreation.

Permits for persons will disabilities may be issued by the County Manager. Applicant must have proof of disability. Find more information on permits for persons will disabilities.

Alcoholic Beverages:

Unlawful for any person to consume or drink beer, wine or alcoholic beverage at any County-owned or controlled recreation area.
Possession of any open container containing an alcoholic beverage is prohibited.
Violations are punishable by a fine not exceeding $500 and/or ten days incarceration.

Camping on the Beach:

  • Camping is allowed on beaches within the unincorporated areas of Nassau County
  • A permit is NOT required to camp on the beach
  • Vehicles are not allowed to remain in County-owned Beach Front Parks between 12 a.m. to  5 a.m. (The new time of 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. was effective July 26, 2018; the new ordinance, 2018-22, was approved by the Board on July 9, 2018. ) 
  • Vehicles may be parked directly on the beach in designated beach driving areas (NOTE: out of County tags must purchase a beach driving permit.)
  • No vehicles or horses are allowed on the dunes or within designated swimming areas
  • Vehicular speed must not exceed 10mph and must not be operated in a reckless manner
  • Dogs must be under leash at all times

 Weddings on the Beach:

Weddings are allowed on the beach, they must follow all ordinance and resolutions.

Dogs must be under a leash at all times. Littering is prohibited.

Driving on the Beach: View the map of prohibited beach driving areas.

NASSAU COUNTY BEACH DRIVING PERMITS are issued pursuant to Nassau County Ordinances 2002-41 and 2002-31, as amended by 2015-13, and Resolution 2002-106.

Q. Do I need to obtain a beach driving permit? If so, what is the process?

A. Out-of-County residents shall obtain a permit to drive or park on the beach. No permit is required if you are a Nassau County resident. Additionally, a disabled person may display their disabled person’s parking permit placard issued by the Tax Collector’s office in lieu of a beach driving permit; or if you are a senior citizen age sixty five (65) or older you may obtain a beach driving permit at no charge from the Office of the Clerk upon showing proof of age.

Out-of-County applicants will need to bring their driver’s license and know the type of vehicle and tag number in order to obtain a beach driving permit. The cost is $5 for a daily permit or $25 for an annual permit which is valid for one year from date of purchase (effective October 1, 2015). Individuals may contact the County’s Parks and Recreation Department at 904-530-6120 in order to ascertain the permitted beach driving access locations or request a copy of the County ordinances referenced above through the Clerk’s offices (locations listed below). Please note that beach driving permits are not transferable; each vehicle will require a separate permit.

Beach driving permits are available at the following locations:

Robert M. Foster Justice Center, 904-548-4660
76347 Veterans Way, Clerk Services/BOCC, 2nd floor
Yulee, Florida 32097
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Accepts cash and checks made payable to the Nassau County Clerk of Court.

Historic Courthouse, 904-491-6430
416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Accepts cash and checks made payable to the Nassau County Clerk of Court.

AIA Express Discount, 904-310-6163
3331 South Fletcher Avenue
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Accepts cash, credit or debit cards.

 Flash Foods, 904-261-3113

5518 South Fletcher Avenue
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
Accepts cash only.

Horses on the Beach:
Horses shall be under the control of the rider at all times.
Horses shall be governed under the established traffic and littering laws.
Horses shall not be allowed in public shower or cabana areas.
Absolutely No vehicles or horses allowed on the dunes or vegetation.
Absolutely No vehicles or horses allowed within the designated swimming or sunbathing areas.
Parking for horse trailers shall be within the designated area at Peter's Point Park.
Trailers or other conveyance that carry horses shall have a decal attached to the trailer.

Horse Permit/Decals can be obtained by contacting:
Nassau County Animal Control 
86078 License Road, Yulee, FL
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Recreational Vehicles, Four Wheelers, and ATVs
Four wheelers and all terrain vehicles prohibited except for official use.
Recreation type vehicles shall park in designated areas.
Recreation type vehicle with tags not issued in Nassau County shall not remain in the park between sundown or sunup.

Swimming and Water Craft
No swimming beyond 300 feet perpendicular to water's edge.

No swimming in area designated for personal water craft.

No person shall utilize any raft, float, "boogie-board", belly board or other flotation device of any description, except for a boat, surfboard, wind surfboard, sail boat or jet ski, more than 300 feet from the water's edge. Surfboards and/or boogie boards shall at all times while in the ocean be attached to the user by surf leash.

Surfboards and/or boogie boards shall at all times while in the ocean be attached to the user by a surf leash.

No person shall operate a sail boat, windsurf boards or sailboards closer than 600 feet from the water's edge.

Jet skies or motorized boats shall remain at idle speed until they are at least 500 feet in a straight line from the shore area.

Personal water craft and boats shall be operated or launched no closer than 1,500 feet in either direction of the lifeguard tower.