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Permits and Special Park Use

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National Geographic filmmakers shooting documentary at PETE in 2011.


A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources. A Special Use Permit is required for weddings, commercial filming and/or photography, First Amendment activities, athletic and other special events.

A commercial activity, other than commercial filming or photography, requires a Commercial Use Authorization. For more information about a Commercial Use Authorization contact the Permits Coordinator at (804) 732-3571 or e-mail us

Click on the desired link for further information and printable permit application forms (the applications are in Adobe PDF format and you must have Adobe Acrobat to print them)

· Athletic and General Events

· Military Training and Events

· Wedding Information

· Filming and Photography

Completed applications or questions relating to special use permits may be directed to the Permits Coordinator:

Phone: (804) 732-3571

Fax: (804) 732-3615

E-Mail: e-mail us

Address: Petersburg National Battlefield

1539 Hickory Hill Road

Petersburg, VA 23803

Did You Know?

Lesser Siren

Hatcher's Run beaver pond in Petersburg's Five Fork's Unit is home to two unusual amphibians. The Amphiuma (Amphiuma means) can grow up to 3.25 feet and live almost 30 years. The Lesser Siren (Siren intermedia) is the most primitive salamander still in existence.