PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - In an effort to prevent looting and burglary after a large-scale mandatory evacuation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the barrier islands have joined forces to provide free Emergency Access Permits to all businesses and residents.
Once a mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, Emergency Access Permits will be required to re-enter an evacuated area. You will be asked to hang the permit from your vehicle’s rearview mirror for re-entry into the area after the evacuation.
Law enforcement posted at city entrances will scan the barcode on your permit to verify your residence. This process is aimed to keep trespassers from easily accessing your property after evacuating for Hurricane Irma.
Emergency Access Permits are mandatory for Pinellas County Beach communities. City officials are now registering and distributing the permits.
These are the cities that are requiring Emergency Access Permits: