Laws & Policies
Park and NPS Rules and Regulations
National Park Service laws and regulations are identified in the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 36: Parks, Forests and Public Property). In addition, each national park complies an annual Compendium of rules which are subject to the discretionary authority of the park superintendent. These rules have the force of law and protect visitors and wildlife, making sure that parks can be enjoyed while park resources are preserved and maintained.
In June 2014, due to concerns for human safety and the preservation of park resources, the National Park Service issued a policy memorandum banning the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) on lands and waters administered by the agency. This includes Gateway, which added the prohibition to the park Compendium in August 2014. (See bottom of page 5 and all of Appendix C, page 36.) This hold on unmanned aircraft will allow the NPS to study the issue further and propose Servicewide regulations.
What's in the Compendium?
The park Compendium includes:
Federal laws and NPS management policies
Gateway National Recreation Area was created by an act of Congress. The enabling legislation that created the park in 1972 defines the original scope and vision for the park.
Since Gateway is part of the National Park Service, NPS Management Policies govern what this park can and cannot do, along with the rest of the 401 United States national parks.