• Boott Cotton Mills Museum with Trolley

    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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Permits

Lowell National Historical Park is a unique national park which is often host to numerous events and activities. 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. Please note that there are usage limits for the number of people and vehicles for any special activity.

For more information on permits and applications, you can contact the park at (978) 275-1783, email, or by mail: Special Use Permit Coordinator 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Special Events
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest. Some examples of special events that require permits are:

  • non-competitive sporting events
  • public spectator attractions
  • festivals
  • concerts
  • ceremonies
  • cultural programs

Download Special Event Permit Application (PDF)

Commercial Filming/Photography
A photography/filming permit is required for any filming or photography involving models, sets, or props. Permits are available here.

There is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee, and if approved a $25.00 permit issuance fee. Other fees may apply.

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. Therefore, all first amendment activities require special use permits and the NPS may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples of special events that require permits are:

  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • religious services
  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
  • collecting signature for petitions
Download First Amendment Permit Application (PDF)

Miscellaneous Activities
Other activities may require permits if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources.

Download Activities Permit Application (PDF)

Did You Know?

Photo of mill workers outside of a Boardinghouse

There were female and male overseers in the mills of Lowell in the 19th century. In Rev. Henry Miles' book, Lowell As It Was, and As It Is, he mentions that the Boott Cotton Mills has recently opened a new weave room and it is being overseen by two women overseers. More...