Special Use Permits

  • Stationary events at a single location for over 30 participants, such as picnics and family reunions

  • Events involving over 20 participants on hiking trails, bike paths, carriage roads, and motor roads, such as walk-a-thons, running and bicycling events, motorcycle rides

  • Memorialization, such as scattering of ashes
    • $75 permit application fee not required, do not include payment in application packet

  • Weddings with more than 10 participant
  • Sports events, public spectator attractions, pageants

  • First Amendment activities with more than 25 participants

  • Military operations

In the Schoodic Peninsula, Special Use Permits are additionally required for:

  • Events with more than 15 participants, at locations other than Frazer Point
  • Events at Frazer Point with more than 30 participants

This is because the Schoodic District is managed to provide greater opportunities for solitude (Schoodic GMP, 2006). Events on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus do not require a permit. For more information about hosting group events on the campus, please contact Schoodic Institute at 207-288-1337.

Miscellaneous Activities

Other activities may require permits if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of highly visited areas, or possible impacts on park resources.

How to Apply for a Special Use Permit
  1. Download an application: Special Use Permit
  2. Carefully read all special instructions listed on the application form.
  3. A completed application must be accompanied by an application fee of $100 for filming or $75 for all other activities in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to the National Park Service. The application fee is non-refundable unless it is determined that your event does not require a Special Use Permit.
  4. Mail completed applications to:

Acadia National Park
Attn: Special Use Permit Coordinator
PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Last updated: April 30, 2024

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


207 288-3338

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