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.
Permitted activities must not interfere with general park visitation or park programs. Therefore, the pavilion on the path from the visitor center to the meadow is not available for reservations. This pavilion is available on a first come, first served basis when not being used for park programs. In addition, due to the high monitoring costs, permits for overnight activities such as group camping are no longer issued.
Special Use Permit applications involving any natural or cultural resource disturbance must provide a location map and Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory Environmental Review (PNDI) receipt for Threatened and Endangered Species. The park is responsible for completing NEPA and Section 106 reviews and the applicant should allow adequate time for those reviews to take place after the permit application has been received by the Park staff.
For more information or if you are unsure if the activity you have planned requires a special use permit please contact MaryEllen Snyder, Special Use Permit Coordinator at 724-329-8131or e-mail your question to the Special Park Use Coordinator.
Please note, the application will not be processed until the application fee is paid unless the superintendent has granted a waiver.
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.
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.
Wedding parties, family reunions, and graduations do not need a commercial photography special use permit unless: