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 may 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 814-495-4643 or click here to submit your question to the Special Use Coordinator.
You can download an application for special use permits (PDF) by following this link: Revised Form 10-930
Print blank form, complete with pen, sign and mail it in.
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.
Follow this link for an application for commerical filming/still photography permit (PDF): Short Form 10-931.
Some filming requests, those which include unusual locations or changes to the park for example, will require a slightly different application for commercial filming/still photography permit (PDF): 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 entry to the visitor center.
Did You Know?
The Flood provided the newly formed American Red Cross under the leadership of Clara Barton with its first test. Barton and her staff of 50 doctors and nurses arrived in Johnstown five days after the flood.