Special Use Permits

The Special Use Permit authorizes activities that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large: and that require written authorization and management control in order to protect park resources and the public interest.

Examples include: weddings, memorializations, commercial filming and/or photography, special assemblies, First Amendment activities, athletic events, firearms, or collecting resource materials require a special use permit be acquired in advance. For more information please contact the Park Special Use Coordinator at 701-623-4466.

A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:

  1. Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
  2. Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  3. Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  4. Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and
  5. Is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

Please visit the following pages for information related to your event:

Backcountry Permits
First Amendment Activities and Demonstrations
Commercial Filming and Photography ($50 Application Fee plus additional fees)
Weddings ($50)
Scattering of Ashes ($50)
Conducting Research in the Park

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