Special Use Permits
"The National Park Service...shall promote and regulate the use of ... national parks ... [its] purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." (16 U.S.C. 1)
It is the policy of Edison National Historic Site to allow special events, filming and photography when and where possible, while adhering to this mandate. Therefore primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage and to anticipated disruption of normal public use. In order to manage special events, filming and photography, a permit issued by the superintendent is required.
Read over the information carefully. Complete the appropriate application available below and mail it to the Permit Coordinator as soon as possible. Please remember to enclose your check or money order for $ 50.00 to cover non-refundable application costs. Checks must be made payable to National Park Service.
Federal procedures (31 USC 7701) require your social security number or tax identification number on the back of all checks or money orders accepted for deposit in the amount of $50.00 or more. You must supply your social security number or tax identification number in order for your check to be accepted and your application to be processed.
Your application must be received in sufficient time for evaluation by the Site staff before the start date for your activity. Requests which involve complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require additional time to process. Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application.
Please be aware that the $ 50.00 application fee is non-refundable. If your request is approved, a permit containing applicable terms and conditions will be sent to the person designated on the application. Additional fees may be charged based on the size and complexity of your permit. An estimated fee schedule will be provided upon approval of the permit.
If you have any questions about an event or activity, or would like to visit the Site prior to submitting your application, you can set up an appointment with the Permit Coordinator.
Edison National Historic Site
Main Street & Lakeside Avenue
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Did You Know?
Clarence Madison Dally an employee of Thomas Edison at his West Orange research labs volunteered to work on the newly discovered x-rays. Using a fluoroscope, made of a fluoride gas filled light and two pieces of cardboard to focus the x-rays, Dally would expose himself to high concentrations of radiation eventually leading to radiation poisoning. After Dally’s death when Edison was asked about x-rays he would respond with “Don’t ask me about x-rays. I am afraid of them.”