How to get your FREE Shell Key Camping Permit
Camping permits are required for any overnight activity on Shell Key, and they are issued free of charge by Pinellas County. The reason for this permit is to make sure that all campers understand their responsibility to pack out all their trash – and to provide an opportunity for outreach as we ask everyone to participate in the stewardship of Shell Key.
Please review all of the camping guidelines before obtaining your permit. You should have at least one camping permit for each boat in your party. As the captain or operator of your boat, you can include all the people you bring with you on one permit. Groups of over 50 people require special permission from the county.
You are required to electronically submit your camping itinerary to the county by using their online permit submission form described below. You are also required to have a printed signed copy of your permit with you while you are camping.
The online process for obtaining a permit is a little awkward – here are some tips for printing your permit …
- Go to the county website and access the camping permit page.
- Fill out the form with your contact information and camping itinerary.
- Now, BEFORE submitting the form, you should print the permit form page. (see printing tips below)
- Click the ‘send form’ button at the bottom of the form – This will transmit your permit information to the county staff.
- Submitting the form will send you to a receipt page. It is not necessary to print this page.
- Sign your printed copy of the permit and and keep it with you on the island in the event that law enforcement asks you to show the permit.
Tips for printing your Shell Key camping permit
- I noticed that using the ‘print’ link at the very top of the page resulted in a ‘blank’ print preview on my browser. I solved the problem by clicking on the share button – which also has a print option under it. (See Fig. 1 below) This print option gave me a proper preview of the form.
- Before you click the final ‘Print’ button in your browser’s printer dialog, enter the number 1 into the ‘number of pages to print’ field . This avoids printing a second page which is mostly blank and wastes a sheet of paper.