Natural Resources - Beaches

Town of Orleans
D.P.W. & Natural Resources

All sticker sales, including Family Shellfish permits and OSV, are now sold out of the DPW lobby:

Monday - Friday (closed weekends)
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM only

 The first Monday in May through the Friday before Labor Day (after Labor Day go next door to the DPW Office)

Orleans Sticker Office, 40 Giddiah Hill Road


If you wish to still mail in a paper application please be sure to include the printed, completed application below, copies of current vehicle registrations, any additional supporting documents if required, a check or money order (payable to Town of Orleans), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: 

Orleans Sticker Office, 40 Giddiah Hill Road, Orleans, MA 02653

Please note the mail-in process could take up to 4 to 6 weeks. 

If (at any other time) you get a new car, change plates, replace your windshield, etc; you MUST scrape off the existing sticker and bring it in with the new vehicle registration (if applicable) in order to be replaced.

Replacement costs: Beach $5, Transfer Station: $10, Recycling $8, Over Sand $5


Prior to purchasing your non-resident family shellfish permit, please familiarize yourself with seasonal parking restrictions at Orleans town landings:


Over Sand Vehicles (O.S.V.)

Nauset North (Residents) OSV Update: 8/16/2023

At this point in the season, it has become apparent that the OSV access via Callanan’s Pass will not be opening unless a significant weather event deposits a large amount of sand. Although the beach has built substantially, it still lacks profile for an OSV corridor and the turning radius for OSV to climb the steep ramp via Callanan’s.  Even with permitted trail maintenance, the scale of the amount of sand needed is beyond realistic.  We have investigated all options, including re-routing the trail, and none have proven feasible at this point. Given the dynamic nature of the barrier beach, there is no reason to think that this fate is permanent. As upsetting as this news is, we very much appreciate the patience and understanding of the Orleans community during this challenging season given the cards we have been dealt.  Please continue to have faith that we are doing everything we can to find a way to provide access in the future.

O.S.V. Stickers are required year-round and trails are patrolled daily

2022 O.S.V. Stickers expired June 30, 2023

When applying for an O.S.V. sticker, you are required to acknowledge that the O.S.V. has the required equipment inside the vehicle while driving over sand. O.S.V. are subject to a spot-check inspection by Rangers while on the beach. Failure to comply with the Town of Orleans O.S.V. operations, rules, & regulations will result in O.S.V. violations. After three (3) violations, your sticker will be revoked for one (1) year beginning on the date of your last citation.

You are required to read, print, and store the O.S.V. and H.C.P. user guides in your O.S.V. at all times. These documents have important information you are required to know before registering an O.S.V. You may print these documents below. You are also required to watch the O.S.V. and H.C.P. instructional videos prior to applying for a sticker.

By applying for an O.S.V. sticker, you acknowledge that your sticker does not guarantee you access to the over-sand trails during closures due to threatened species, inclement weather, erosion, capacity, or any closure implemented by the Town of Orleans Natural Resources Manager and/or his/her designee. Your O.S.V. sticker does not grant you access to park in the beach parking lots. The amount of time the O.S.V. trail is closed to protect threatened species varies each season, and the anticipated open date will change each season. There is no way for staff to pre-determine when O.S.V. access will re-open each season. We encourage you to sign up for updates (below) to be notified of any progression in the H.C.P.  All O.S.V. Stickers are non-transferrable and non-refundable, so please read and review all the information below before applying.

2023 Stickers went on sale online May 1, 2023.

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