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Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Information
Town of Dennis Off Road Vehicles Information (ORV’s)


The Town of Dennis is blessed with beautiful, long, clean, and sandy beaches on our north shore, notably at Chapin Beach and Crowes Pasture. It is felt by the Dennis Conservation Commission that these areas can be traversed by beach vehicles if used cautiously with due concern to environmental and human values.

Off Road Vehicle permits are for the use of vehicles on Chapin Beach and Crowes Pasture Beach ONLY.

Permit Sale Policies & Procedures

ORV permits are issued in person at the Department of Natural Resources office located at 685 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660 or by mail.  Permit sales begin April 2, 2018. When considering an ORV permit, be aware that during Shorebird nesting season, as protected populations, such as the Piping Plovers and Least Turns increase, the beaches for ORV access may be subject to closure, particularly during the months of May- Sept.  Staff cannot predict changes, and closures may happen without warning.  All permit sales are FINAL. The Town does not issue any refunds.
Permits are available on a first come, first served basis.

Monday – Friday
9:00AM to 3:00PM


Year Round Permits: valid May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019
Residents/ Taxpayer - $150 each
Non-Residents- $300 each

Off Season Permits: valid September 4, 2018 - May 1, 2019
Flat rate - $100 each

Replacement Permits:
Please note if you need a replacement permit for ANY reason, you MUST bring in the old permit.
Otherwise, you will have to pay the full price again.
Replacement- $10 each

Money must be paid in full amount. Staff will not be able to provide any change.

BY MAIL – Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.  Mail in applications may be mailed to, “Town of Dennis, Department of Natural Resources, 685 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660) and must include the following:
  • Completed Application form (available online)
  • Copy of valid vehicle registration
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope
  • Copy of current tax bill if a Dennis property owner  *Dennis renters include copy of 12 month lease and 2 utility bills in renters name
  • Copy of utility bill with your name and Dennis address listed if a Dennis resident
  • Applicable fee (check written out to the “Town of Dennis”)
**Please follow the mailing instruction link for additional information, located on the top of the page**

IN PERSON –Please make sure you bring all necessary documentation:
  • Completed Application form (available in office or online)
  • Valid vehicle registration
  • Copy of current tax bill if a Dennis property owner  *Dennis renters include copy of 12 month lease and 2 utility bills in renters name
  • Copy of utility bill with your name and Dennis address listed if a Dennis resident
  • Applicable fee (checks are to be written out to the “Town of Dennis”)
Anyone wishing to obtain an ORV permit must have their vehicle registered in their name unless:
  • You have written permission to use a company vehicle (a vehicle registered under a company name must submit a letter from a company rep authorizing permission to drive the vehicle with an ORV permit on the beach)
  • Proof of ownership of the company on the vehicle registration
  • A minimum one year vehicle lease agreement  (any leased vehicle must submit a copy of the lease agreement along with the registration)

Each year you will be required to fill out an application and to bring in the documentation listed above. All documentation must be submitted by printed copy.


Registered owners and other operators must have a valid driver’s license, and abide by all Town of Dennis Rules and Regulations for Off Road Vehicles.


4 Wheel/ All-Wheel Drive vehicles may obtain an ORV permit. All vehicles using these Conservation and Beach areas shall be properly registered and bear current motor vehicle inspection stickers. All vehicles accessing the beach must display an ORV permit on the driver’s side front bumper along with having all the required equipment.



Inspections will be administered by staff before accessing the beach and at any time thereafter. Vehicles not possessing the required equipment shall not access the beach.  If stopped on the beach for a spot inspection and you do not have ALL of the required equipment, you may be subject to a fine and/ or the loss of your Off Road Vehicle Permit. The following equipment is needed for an inspection sign off.

Jack----------------------------------------------------------------------------- standard that comes with vehicle
Shovel-------------------------------------------------------------------------- heavy duty
Jack Plank ---------------------------------------------------------------------board no less than 12x 12x 5/8’’
Low pressure tire gauge---------------------------------------------------must go down to 10 PSI
Towline or chain-------------------------------------------------------------heavy duty, at least 14’ length & 1400lbs strength
Town of Dennis Regulations for Beach Vehicles and Tide Chart  

For additional information regarding ORV permits, please reference the Town of Dennis Rules & Regulations for Beach Vehicles and ORV Management Policies.



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Town of Dennis, Massachusetts
685 Route 134
South Dennis, MA 02660
PH: 508.394.8300    FAX: 508.394.8309
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