Dewey Beach parking rules in effect May 15

Owners must license, clean up after dogs
May 1, 2022

With summer season set to begin in Dewey Beach, town officials want to remind visitors that paid parking rules on all public streets go into effect Sunday, May 15.

Most spaces are permit parking and are identified with signs marked Zone 4012. All other zones are hourly metered parking, which are identified with signs marked Zone 4001 through Zone 4010. The easiest way to pay is through the free ParkMobile app, town officials said. 

Visitors can purchase daily, weekend or weekly parking permits at town hall or at the kiosk outside town hall. Weekly and seasonal permits can be purchased online at; all numbers and letters of the license plate, including PC or CL, must be entered to be valid.

Parking Supervisor Tammy Horn said the town is offering virtual parking permits for the first time. A consecutive eight-day weekly permit is $90 and the seasonal permit is $250; discounts do not apply to seasonal permits at this time. 

Virtual permits can be purchased at The seasonal permit is transferable; up to eight vehicles may be registered for each permit. 

“While officers are patrolling, they’ll use a license plate scanner to check plate numbers and ensure a vehicle is associated with a parking permit,” Horn said. “It is important to know that though up to eight vehicles may be registered to use one transferable permit, only one of the vehicles may use the permit to park at any given time.”

Town code allows for one 20-foot-wide driveway or two 10-foot-wide driveways in front of homes; the remaining frontage is public parking. Cars parked illegally are subject to be towed, and cars parked according to code will not be towed.

Cars displaying a handicapped placard or license plate can park in any zone at no charge; the placard or plate serves as the permit.

The fine for unauthorized parking in a handicapped space is $100. Depending on the offense, all other parking violations begin at $30 or $65, and rise incrementally if not paid after seven days, 20 and 30 days.

Free parking nights will continue from 5 to 11 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts Monday movies beginning June 20 and Wednesday bonfires on the beach beginning June 22.

Dewey Beach Patrol lifeguards will monitor the beaches from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, Sept. 11, Town Manager Bill Zolper said. One designated parking space will be reserved at the end of each beachside street for lifeguards only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other vehicles parked there during those designated times are subject to be towed.

Dog licenses required in Dewey year-round

All dogs must be licensed in Dewey Beach year-round. From May 15 through Sept. 15, dogs are allowed on the beach before 9:30 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m. From Sept. 16 through May 14, dogs are allowed on the beach anytime from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Dog ambassadors will be patrolling the beach to check for and sell dog licenses if needed; if owners don’t have their wallets they can use Apple Pay or Google Pay, and can present their email receipt to town hall to pick up a tag; lifetime permits can also be mailed. 

Three-day dog licenses are $5, eight-day licenses are $10 and lifetime permits are $35. Commemorative lifetime tags are $50. Dog licenses can also be purchased online, at the kiosk in front of town hall, or inside town hall. 

The town supplies free waste bags at the end of each street. Owners will be fined for not picking up after their dogs. The fine for the first offense is $95, then $200 for each subsequent offense. 

Seasonal parking permits and dog licenses are now on sale, and the town is still recruiting parking and dog ambassadors, Zolper said. For more information or to apply for a seasonal position, go to


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