A special park use is defined as an activity that takes place in a park area and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large and that requires some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and public interest. The National Park Service may authorize a special park use permit providing the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established.

The completion and submission of a SUP application and the processing fee ($50.00) does not guarantee a permit will be authorized. Any permit request received less than 30 days in advance will be processed as quickly as possible but may not be issued because of time constraints.

Activities that Require a Permit

Special Use Permits

Special Park Use Permits (SUP) are required for short-term activities that take place in the park and provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large; written authorization is required and some degree of management control from the NPS to protect park resources and the public interest; and are not prohibited by law or regulation.

Events that need a SUP

  • Athletic Events
  • Parades
  • Public Spectator Attraction
  • Ceremonies
  • Weddings
  • First Amendment (for groups of 26 or greater)
    • Public Assemblies
    • Meetings
    • Gatherings
    • Demonstrations
  • Memorialization
Commercial Filming
All commercial filming requires a permit. Any digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project needs a Commercial Filming Permit. It does not include news coverage or visitor use.

Still Photography
Still photography permits are needed when the activity takes places at a location close to the public, models are used, sets, props, or when the park will incur on additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.
The park will monitor the activity to avoid impairment or incompatible use of the resources and values of the park, to limit resource damage, or to minimize health or safety risks to the visiting public.

All commercial filming and still photography permits are subject to cost recovery and location fee. No waivers are allowed.

For further information, please contact the Permit Coordinator Julia Treu-Fowler at 787-729-6777 ext 232 or 787-409-0103 or email

Special Use Permit Forms

Below you will find the instructions and forms to start the Special Use Permit process.

Instructions for obtaining a Special Use Permit:

For large events use application form 10-390

For small film or photography events use form 10-391

For large film or photography events use form 10-392

In addition to the permit application charge, the park is authorized to recover and retain all costs associated with monitoring and managing special park use permits and a location fee except for First Amendment events.


Commercial Use Permits (CUA)

Section 418 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, Public Law 105-391 (Section 418), authorizes NPS, upon request, to issue commercial use authorizations (CUA) to provide commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances.

Prior authorization from the Park Superintendent is required before any commercial operations can begin in the park. All activities must be in compliance with the general regulations for San Juan National Historic Site. All CUAs are coordinated through Patti Tanori at 501 Calle Norzagaray, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901 (telephone 787-729-6777)

To obtain a Commercial Use Authorization you need to complete the Commercial Use Authorization application and send it to Patti Tanori, CUA Coordinator for evaluation during application season.

Commercial Use Authorization Application Form


Questions relating to special use permits may be e-mailed to: Special Park Use Coordinator

Written inquiries may be sent to:

Special Park Use Coordinator
San Juan National Historic Site

501 Calle Norzagaray
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

(787) 729-6777 office, extension 232
(787) 289-7972 fax

(787) 409-0103 mobile phone


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