The National Mall and Memorial Parks Division of Permits Management, located at 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington DC 20024, issues approximately 3,000 permits per year, including those for public gatherings (special events and demonstrations), and filming and photography. The permit system is intended to help assure, to the extent possible, that the multitude of activities that may be taking place on any given day will not conflict with each other or with general visitor activities.
Park areas administered by this office include National Mall and Memorial Parks, President's Park, Rock Creek Park, National Capital Parks-East, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Prince William Forest Park, and the portion of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park from Georgetown to the Monocacy River Aqueduct. Note that some of these listed parks may directly issue certain permits. Please refer to the attached document link titled "How and where to apply for specific types of permits" to determine what office you should contact for your particular permit needs.
Please note that all application, unless determined to be a First Amendment activity, must be accompanied by a payment for initial processing. The application processing cost for public gathering special event applications is $120.00 and $90.00 for special use applications. the application processing cost represents the average costs incurred by the park in mailing, distribution and initial review of applications to make sure the information supplied is sufficient to inform a decision. Payment of application cost may be in the form of check, money order or credit card.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks- Hains Point picnic area reservations are no longer being accepted by the Division of Permits Management. All reservations will be made online at www.recreation.gov. Visitors will now be able to choose between full and half day rentals. The new rate for 2014 will be $90 for a half day and $180 for a full day. A half day is from and (or dark whichever comes first). Please note: Labor Day through Memorial Day, to allow for footraces picnic reservations will start at . Questions may be directed to customer service at www.recreation.gov or at 1-877-444-6777 (). For more information call the Division Permits Management at (202) 245-4715.
This office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., holidays excepted.
Thanks for visiting. You can reach us at (202) 245-4715 to obtain additional information.
Public Gathering Permit Applications (Special Events or Demonstration) (PDF)
Special Event Guidelines (PDF)
The National Park Service accepts Softball Applications from February 10, 2014 to March 14, 2014. For more information please visit the National Mall Permit site or call the Office of Permits Management at (202) 245-4715.
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