White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation and Closure Information
The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.
White House Fence Restoration and Sidewalk Closure
The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »
Construction Project Affecting the White House Sidewalk
Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.
A public gathering permit is required to conduct organized activities within President's Park. Activities such as First Amendment demonstrations, special events with 25 or more participants, and events that require any type of set up must have a permit. Permits are also required for any commercial filming and/or photography.
Applications for permits should be requested from the National Mall and Memorial Park's Office of Permits Management. For more information, visit their website, call (202-245-4715), or write them at the address below.
Please note, all completed permit applications should be returned to the Office of Permits Management.
Before any permit is issued, the applicant may be asked to attend a logistical meeting with the National Park Service to go over their application. For special events that take place on parkland, the permittee may be required to post a bond to cover any unbudgeted costs as well as any damages that might occur to park resources. In addition, the permittee is required to provide liability insurance naming the National Park Service as an additional insuree. The permittee may also be required to reimburse US Park Police for any police costs associated with the special event as well.
All questions concerning the permit process should be directed to the Office of Permits Management.
Did You Know?
On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops burned the White House in retaliation for an earlier burning of Canadian government buildings in York, Ontario, by the United States.