The non-refundable permit application fee is $50. The National Park Service maintains strict conditions for private events, so please read the regulations and conditions below and determine if they correspond with your event plans. Receptions are not permitted in the park, unless they are held at a park concession facility (see below).
After favorable review of your application, you will be asked to sign the regulating permit indicating that you have read and will abide by the special conditions listed. Please keep a copy of the permit for yourself.
The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of the ceremony. Entrance fees and ferry fees into the park are not waived for either participants or guests.
Restrictions and Event Management
The permit does not allow your ceremony to restrict other park visitors from your chosen location, nor does it guarantee you a specific site. To have more privacy, it is recommended that you avoid sites that attract a large number of visitors, or schedule your ceremony for early or late in the day. Time allowed for outdoor events is normally one hour or less. Permits will not be issued for heavy use periods at certain locations. Maximum usage limits have been established for certain areas in the park.
An additional charge of $50 per hour may be incurred for an event monitor if there is potential for any interference with visitor use, impact on park resources, or congestion of a highly visited area.
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Did You Know?
The War of 1812 ended when the Treaty of Ghent was signed December 1814, but Gen. George Cockburn occupied Cumberland Island from Jan-March 1815 offering freedom to 1,500 enslaved African Americans who escape to Cumberland Island.