NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Special Use Permits are required for all activities outside of normal visitor use. Activities could include the use of park facilities or property for organized meetings, family reunions or commercial filming. Special Use Permits are issued at the Superintendent's discretion and an application process is required. Requests may be denied due to the lack of sufficient time to process the request or due to event impacts on park resources. A fee may be required for processing the application. Additional fees may be required to reimburse the National Park Service for expenses incurred as a result of supervising the permit. Fees for Special Use Permits, when applicable, must be paid before the special use, event, assembly, or meeting.
A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
The Permit Process
For more information, please contact us by phone at (229) 824-4104 or email.
Filming and Photography Permit
All film and photography permit applications require a one hundred dollar, non-refundable fee that does not guarantee permit approval. Other potential charges include, but are not limited to monitoring by Rangers, clean-up and site restoration, and recovery of administrative costs. You may also be required to post a performance bond.
Commercial filming permits also require the payment of a location fee (see the table below).
First Amendment Activities
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. The necessity of a permit to conduct First Amendment activities is determined by the group size.
a. wants to hold a demonstration or distribute and/or sell printed matter somewhere outside a designated First Amendment area.
A large group is defined as "more than 25 people" and is required to obtain a First Amendment Permit even if they are utilizing a park designated First Amendment site.
There are no permit fees associated with First Amendment permits.
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