• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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Special Permits are Required for a Variety of Activities in a National Park Service Area

In order to monitor and regulate the use of the park while still conserving the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife within park boundaries, all National Park Service areas require special use permits for certain activities.

Fire Island National Seashore's policy is to accommodate requests for special use permits when and where possible. However, the primary consideration must be given to potential resource damage and to anticipated disruption of normal public use.


Fire Island National Seashore issues permits for the following activities. Additional permits from other agencies are required for some actions.

  • Weddings

There is an application fee associated with most permits, and additional administrative costs are recovered for some activities.

Individuals and small groups are no longer required by the National Park Service to obtain a permit for First Amendment activities, but special areas are set aside for these purposes. (See Public Gatherings/Special Events.)

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For more information about the special uses of national parks, see current planning documents:

Did You Know?

Group walks down the island behind the dunes.

The 4-day Fire Island Trek began as a special event in September, 2004, in celebration of Fire Island National Seashore's 40th anniversary. The program has been continued as a means to showcase the variety of resources and recreational and educational opportunities that exist on Fire Island. More...