Restrictions and requirements that apply to special permits for weddings include:
The foregoing summarizes some of the conditions set out on each permit. The actual conditions contained within the permit are binding upon the permittee. This is not a reservation system. The permit allows you to have a private ceremony in the national park. Rarely do we have two weddings on the same day. And while location is on a "first come, first served" basis, the park and its grounds are very large. Permittees are allowed to move their scheduled ceremony to another hour or park location open to the general public if weather or other conditions at the selected site makes a change desirable. We have more information to help you in selecting a wedding site.
If you would like to apply for a wedding permit, you need to simply complete the park wedding application and send it to the park in a timely fashion (we suggest 30 days) along with a check in the amount of $100.00 made payable to: "National Park Service". Mail your application and check to:
You can expect your permit in about 15 days after it is received.
You can obtain a permit earlier than 30 days before the event. As the fee is non-refundable, we recommend that you wait until 30 days before the wedding to ensure your plans are finalized. For planning purposes, please know that if you send the requested information and fee to us in a timely manner, you will receive a permit.
If you have any questions about the process or your permit, please contact our Special Park Uses Coordinator at (252) 475-9036. or email.
Did You Know?
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.