Laws & Policies
A number of laws and policies guide the management of the park, starting with the enabling legislation that created Lowell. We have included this early legislation here, along with selected federal regulations. More information about the policies that guide the National Park Service as a whole is available through the NPS Office of Policy website.
Enabling Legislation and Public Laws
Most special events and activities held in the park require a special use permit, issued only after the National Park Service (NPS) determines that the activities involved will not impair park values and resources. View detailed permit information to download an application.
Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010. Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
Park rangers enforce a number of federal regulations in the park, including the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36 (36 CFR), and the United States Code, Titles 16, 18 and 21.
Updated August 19, 2014- The latest update includes the addition of regulations regarding the use of unmanned aircraft (see pages 2 and 3).