Special Use Permits
A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. The National Park Service may permit a special park use providing the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established. Primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage, anticipated disruption of normal public use, and previously approved permitted activities. Review the Superintendent's Compendium for guidance on your proposed activity prior to submitting a special use permit application.
Link to the section of the Superintendent's Compendium regarding filming and photography in the park
Click on the desired link for further information and permit application forms. The application forms are in Adobe PDF format. To access the forms you must have a copy of Adobe Reader loaded on your computer. Once completed, the permit application must be printed and signed. It cannot be saved and emailed. The application can then be faxed or mailed to the park (contact information provided on the application) or scanned and emailed. Applications are not considered complete until all requirements have been submitted, including the application fees and liability insurance certificates (except for First Amendment applications).
*Please Note: There are new versions of the permit forms as of January 29, 2014. Make sure you have the newest version!
Questions relating to special use permits may be emailed to:
Special Events Office
Special Events Office
Independence National Historical Park
143 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Monday through Saturday
8:30AM to 4:30PM
The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is available to provide free assistance for filming and video projects including locating resources, site surveys and parking. The Film Office should be notified of all projects occurring in the City. For further information they can be contacted at: 100 South Broad St. Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19110. Telephone: (215) 686-2668, fax: (215) 686-3659.
Did You Know?
Dolley Todd had to write a letter to the orphan court to keep her son when, her first husband John died of Yellow Fever in 1793. In 1794, she married Congressman James Madison.