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
Did You Know?
The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.