• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania


Special use permits are required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual group or organization rather than the public at large. A permit is also required for an activity not initiated, sponsored, nor conducted by the National Park Service that is disruptive or potentially disruptive to normal park operations.

A $50 non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application form for the application to be considered. If the permit is approved and issued, additional fees will be charged to recover costs incurred by the National Park Service for administering the permitted activity.

If you are unsure if the activity you have planned requires a special use permit please call 724-329-8131 or click here to submit your question to the Special Use Coordinator.

Click here to download an "Application for Special Use Permit".
This form can be submitted on of three ways:

  • Print blank form, complete with pen, sign and mail it in.
  • Complete form on computer, print it, sign it and mail it in.
  • Complete form on computer, submit it via e-mail by pressing "submit" at bottom of follow directions. Mail in application fee, or call MaryEllen Snyder at 724-329-8131 to pay with credit card.

Please note, the application will not be processed until the application fee is paid unless the superintendent has granted a waiver.

Applications for filming do not have interactive fields to complete on-line.

Click here to download an "Application for Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit" (short form, 10-931).

Some filming requests, those that include unusual locations or changes to the park for example, will require a slightly different application for commercial filming/still photography permit.

Click here to download an "Application for Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit" (long form, 10-932).

Participants in a permitted activity are required to pay the park entrance fee if they participate in activities normally covered by the fee, including interpretive services and the picnic area.


Attention Photographers:

Wedding parties, family reunions, and graduations do not need a commercial photography special use permit unless:

  1. they are using multiple props in the photo (hand held items like flowers do not count as a prop), and/or
  2. they are sitting up photography equipment like lights, screens, big tripods, constructing a set (i.e. items that could get in the way of regular park visitors), and/or
  3. they are using models (wedding parties, graduates, and family reunion folks are not considered models since they are not being paid to be in the photo), and/or
  4. the photos will be use to advertise a product, and/or
  5. the photo will be taken at a location in the park that is normally closed to visitors, or
  6. taking the photo in the chosen location would cause an unsafe situation or impede regular visitor traffic.
If any of the above six criteria are met, the photographer will need a special use permit. For further information or clarification, please contact the park's Special Use Coordinator, MaryEllen Snyder, at 724-329-8131.

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