Ocean Sands Water
& Sewer District

Important Announcement for
Currituck Utility Customers

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New Payment Office Location

To better serve the citizens of Currituck County we have moved our payment office to:

2878 Caratoke Highway,
Currituck, North Carolina 27929.

Please continue mailing utility bills to PO Box 220, Currituck, NC 27929.

Our new facility offers a full-service drive-thru window and night drop. The night drop box is located at the back of the building.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 252-232-2769.

Ocean Sands properties are currently served by the Ocean Sands Water/Sewer District (OSWSD). This system will become part of the Southern Outer Banks Water System, but currently retains a separate rate and fee schedule.

Currituck County provides sanitary sewer service for over 1,000 sewer connections in the Ocean Sands development.  This service, established through the Ocean Sands Water and Sewer District, can treat 500,000 gallons per day of wastewater at the Ocean Sands Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The treatment plant was constructed in 1976 and will be replaced by a newer facility that will treat 600,000 gallons per day by Summer 2019.

Over 7 miles of underground piping and 8 lift stations make up the Ocean Sands wastewater collection system. Wastewater from homes flow through these pipes by gravity to a pump station.  The pump station then pumps it to the wastewater treatment plant where it gets treated and disposed.  Currituck County is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the collection system up to the homeowner’s property line.

The Currituck County Water Department administrative office provides billing and administrative services for the Ocean Sands Water/Sewer District.

The sewer treatment facilities are owned and operated by Currituck County Government.

Areas Served:

  • Ocean Sands subdivision, in the following sections:
    D, E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q
  • Crown Point

As of May 2017, the system has 999 active connections.

Ocean Sands Water and Sewer District (OSWSD) Mast Plan Update – August 2008

The Master Plan update evaluates the infrastructure needs to meet the build out water and sewer demands for the existing OSWSD and the undeveloped areas of Ocean Sands under the following scenarios:

  • Alternative 1: Sections G and T are integrated into the OSWSD.
  • Alternative 2: Sections G and T develop separately and must meet their own water and sewer needs separate from the OSWSD.
Ocean Sands Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade – January 2017

Upgrade of the existing treatment plant will be completed by January 2019.

Comprehensive Wastewater Master Plan for the Currituck County Southern Outer Banks – June 2011

Historically, wastewater on the Outer Banks has been managed by individual subdivisions. Due to
the challenges and concerns, Currituck County and Outer Banks Ventures (OBV) have decided to
evaluate the potential for regionalizing wastewater management on the Currituck Southern Outer
Banks. The purpose of this Comprehensive Wastewater Master Plan is to evaluate the feasibility of
a regional wastewater utility to serve the Currituck Southern Outer Banks.

Unified Development Ordinance, Zoning Map & Planning Manuals

Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

The purpose of the Unified Development Ordinance (PDF) is to protect the

  • public health
  • safety
  • and general welfare

of the citizens and landowners of Currituck County; and to implement the policies and objectives of county-adopted plans addressing the county’s growth and development.

Currituck County current Unified Development Ordinance was last amended on October 23, 2023.

Unified Development Ordinance Text Amendments
  • PB 24-07 Currituck County
    Request for an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 5. Design Standards, to remove the multi-family design standard that requires the minimum ground finished floor elevation to be elevated two feet above established or finished grade.
    Adopted:  April 1, 2024
    Text Amendment (PDF)
  • PB 24-06 Currituck County
    Request for an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 3. Zoning Districts, to reestablish dimensional standards for existing lots and minor subdivision lots in the Agriculture and Single Family Residential-Mainland Zoning Districts.
    Adopted:  April 1, 2024
    Text Amendment (PDF)
  • PB 23-34 Kellogg Supply Company
    Request for an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 4: Use Standards, Chapter 5: Development Standards, and Chapter 10: Definitions and Measurement, to add a new Home Improvement Sales Establishment use consisting of retail sales with increased outdoor storage and sales areas to accommodate larger items such as lumber.
    Adopted: March 4, 2024
    Text Amendment (PDF)
  • PB 23-29 Currituck County
    Request for an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 2. Administration, and Chapter 3. Zoning Districts, to allow more flexibility for conditional zoning conceptual development plans and to expand minor modifications.
    Adopted:  February 19, 2024
    Text Amendment (PDF)
  • PB 23-27 HOM Development, LLC
    Request for an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 4.2.5.A. Extractive Industry, to allow existing mines to expand up to 50% of the total site area provided the existing mine has been in operation for 12 months and has been in good standing for the past 12 months.
    Adopted:  January 16, 2024
    Text Amendment (PDF)
Zoning Map

The zoning map represents zoning designations as listed in the Currituck County Unified Development Ordinance and approved by the Board of Commissioners.  For property specific zoning information, the Interactive Online Mapping should be accessed.

Administrative Manual

The administrative manual (PDF) is intended to assist in the administration of the Unified Development Ordinance.  The manual consolidates information in the development review process and helps applicants understand the procedures and requirements.  In an effort to ease the review process, the manual also includes:

  • application forms,
  • review checklists,
  • and submittal and fee schedules.
Stormwater Manual

The stormwater manual (PDF) is intended to provide guidance in appropriate BMP selection, design criteria to meet stormwater regulations, and proper BMP maintenance.  The manual also includes:

  • required forms,
  • submittal checklists for stormwater plans,
  • and guidance for determining runoff rates.

*Note: the items under the Design Checklists is in Excel.