Special use permits are required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual group or organization rather than the public at large. A permit is also required for an activity that was neither initiated, sponsored, nor conducted by the National Park Service that is disruptive or potentially disruptive to normal park operations.
Please note that all weddings at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will take place outdoors in the park amphitheater; there is no option to move indoors in the event of either rain or other inclement weather. Please click on the link for a map of wedding parking spaces. Those attending weddings are asked to park in the spots shaded in yellow and not take up spots designated for general park visitors.
A $50 non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application form for the application to be considered. If the permit is approved and issued, additional fees will be charged to recover costs incurred by the National Park Service for administering the permitted activity.
If you are unsure if the activity you have planned requires a special use permit please e-mail the Special Use Permit Coordinator John Hrubochak at John_Hrubochak@nps.gov.
Attention Photographers: wedding parties, family reunions, and graduates don't need a commercial photography special use permit unless:
1. They are using multiple props in the photo (and items they can hold in their hand like flowers don't count as a prop) and/or
2. They are setting up photography equipment like lights, screens, big tripods, constructing a set ( IE. items that could get in the way of regular visitors) and/or
3. They are using paid models (wedding parties, graduates and family reunion folks are not considered models since they are not being paid to be in the photo) and/or
4. The photos they are taking will be used to advertise a product and/or
5. The photo will be taken at a location in the park that is normally closed to visitors
6. Or taking the photo in the chosen location would cause an unsafe situation or impede regular visitor traffic. Please be courteous of other visitors to the park. During our normal hours of operation from 9 AM- 5 PM no photos are permitted inside the fence at the Lemon House, under the archway by the Visitor Center, or in any other location that may block access to park visitors. All photo parties must park in designated parking areas located in the park’s Picnic Area or the Visitor Center lot. No professional photographs (wedding parties, graduation pictures, etc) are permitted inside any of the park buildings.
Special Use Permit applications involving any natural or cultural resource disturbance must provide a location map and Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory Environmental Review (PNDI) receipt for Threatened and Endangered Species. The park is responsible for completing NEPA and Section 106 reviews and the applicant should allow adequate time for those reviews to take place after the permit application has been received by the Park staff.
For further clarification and more information, please e-mail the Special Use Permit Coordinator John Hrubochak at John_Hrubochak@nps.gov.
Special Use Permit Fees and Frequently Asked Questions