Special Use Permits
Certain types of activities require a special use permit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included.
A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
The Permit Process
It is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to allow filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources, and avoids conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the park. We are also sensitive to the environments around our park.
For additional information, please email us.
Special Use and the National Cemetery
Filming and photography will be permitted in national cemeteries in accordance with NPS Management Policies 2006 8.6.6, 36 CFR parts 5.5 and 36 CFR part 12, 43 CFR 5, and 16 USC 460l-6d, provided that the activities do not cause unacceptable impacts or disrupt the solemn commemorative and historic character of the cemetery.
Filming and Photography Permits
All film and photography permit applications require a one hundred dollar ($100.00), non-refundable fee that does not guarantee permit approval. Other potential charges include, but are not limited to monitoring by Rangers, clean-up and site restoration, and recovery of administrative costs. You may also be required to post a performance bond.
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School media projects, independent films, documentaries, and feature films require a film permit.
Commercial filming permits also require the payment of a location fee (see the table below).
All other activities would be requested under this category. Please include detailed information in the application about the proposed event to help speed the processing of your request. All applications, except for First Amendment activities, require a fifty dollar, non-refundable fee that does not guarantee permit approval.
First Amendment Activities
Last updated: May 8, 2019