Special Use Permits (SUP)

Special Use Permits are required for activities that benefit an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large. This type of activity includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any Group of Twenty (20) or more people including meet-ups, non-profit organizations, friends & family, etc.
  • Weddings and Ceremonies
  • Ash Scattering (Application)
  • Bicycle and Running Events - Recently, Death Valley National Park placed a temporary moratorium on issuing special use permits for sporting events within the park while a safety assessment is conducted on these types of events. The outcomes of the safety assessment and recommendations are required before final sporting event applications can be processed. Based on the projected date for completion of the safety assessment (Summer 2014), applications can be submitted for events that are scheduled from October 1, 2014 and beyond. The park will begin processing those applications when the safety review is completed. Findings from the risk assessment may require new conditions that will be required of all event coordinators to meet permit requirements and/or that some events may not be allowed in certain areas or permitted in the future if safety risks cannot be mitigated to an acceptable level. For additional information, please see the Superintendent's Letter and our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • First Amendment Activities
  • Vehicle Testing - Application and information
Our 1-person permits office processes over 600 permits per year. To process your application will take between 30-60 days, please keep this in mind when planning your event. URGENT requests cannot be accommodated, however, submitting a complete permit package will help in expediting your permitting process. Please submit the following:
  • Application
  • Application processing fee of $210.00. This fee is non-refundable. If you would like to pay by credit card submit the application and a request to pay by credit card to debbie_wehmeyer@nps.gov
  • Liability Insurance Certificate in the amount of $1,000,000 listing the United States as additional insured. The insurance must be negotiable in US funds. See an example of this certificate here.

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