Permits & Reservations

A wedding takes place in the back yard of the Andrew Johnson Homestead. The bride and groom, attendants, and officiant all stand under the arbor.
A couple takes their vows in the Andrew Johnson Homestead yard

Photo by Kendra Hinkle

Special Park Use and Special Use Permits

A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a unit of the National Park Service and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. The National Park Service may permit a special park use providing the activity will not cause destruction of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose(s) for which the park was established. Permit consideration will be evaluated for potential resource damage and anticipated disruption of normal public use. Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (NHS) issues permits for the following activities:

· Public Assembly (1st Amendment activities)

· Wedding Ceremonies

· Commercial Filming and Photography

If applicants are not familiar with Andrew Johnson NHS, a preliminary visit is advisable. The location where the special park use is desired needs to be determined before a Special Use Permit is issued. There are restrictions in certain areas of the park, which could limit planned access and/or activities.

SPECIAL USE PERMIT APPLICATIONS

APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL USE PERMITS

All requests for a special use of the park for a planned activity must include a completed application for a Special Use Permit. Applications provide management with essential information regarding the requested activity (i. e. date, type of event, number of people, location within the park, what type of impacts to the resource may be anticipated, etc.).

APPLICATION FEES

APPLICATION FEE: A non-refundable application fee may be required regarding the type of request. Application fees for all 1st Amendment activities may be waived at the discretion of the park superintendent.

All Non-photography or film permit requests and/or requests not falling under the 1st Amendment Activity will be required to pay either a $50.00 Application Fee (based on a planned activity involving 50 or less people) or a $100.00 Application Fee (based on a planned activity involving 51 or more people).

Andrew Johnson NHS commemorates our 17th president, his life and times. The park closely reviews requests for activities that fall outside of the park’s primary mission. We recommend being as detailed as possible when completing the application. Feel free to add a supplemental information page(s) to the application if you need additional space to provide the requested information.

If you are inquiring about the following:

· Public Assembly (1st Amendment activities), or

· Wedding Ceremonies

Please complete Special Use Permit Application 10-930 (non-commercial use).

If you are inquiring about a film or photography special use permit then, depending on the size, duration, and number of participants, complete either the FORM 10-931 or FORM 10-932 application.

Permit Application Types

Special Use Permit Application 10-930 (non-commercial purposes) Special Use

Permit Application 10-931 (commercial purposes short form) Special Use Permit

Application 10-932 (commercial purposes long form)

ALL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS

Completed applications for all activities must be mailed to the park’s Special Use Permit Coordinator at the following address:

Andrew Johnson NHS
ATTN: Special Use Coordinator
121 Monument Avenue
Greeneville, TN 37743

*Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable cashier’s check or money order made out to "National Park Service” for either $50.00 or $100.00 (see above APPLICATION FEES paragraph for guidance). Credit cards are not accepted. (see Permit Fees and Proof of Insurance below)

Allow up to 4 weeks for park management review of each application.

PERMITTED ACTIVITIES

1st AMENDMENT ACTIVITIES

If an applicant wishes to access the park for purposes of reaching out to park visitors and/or making use of park resources for non-commercial Education/Outreach purposes, these activities may fall under 1st Amendment activities and may not require permit fees. For more information regarding 1st Amendment activities, please contact the Special Park Use Coordinator at (791) 438-5916.

WEDDING CEREMONY APPLICATIONS

Wedding ceremonies are permitted in the back yard of the Andrew Johnson NHS Homestead, located at 203 South Main Street, Greeneville, TN, 37743. Wedding ceremonies are restricted to the following:

· Weddings can only be reserved through a Special Use Permit, subject to approval by park management.

· Decorations are limited to only the arbor of the backyard garden.

· Only live flowers may be used as decorations. Use of balloons, banners, live animals is not permitted.

· NO RICE or CONFETTI – participants may throw birdseed.

· Use of the historic Homestead for the wedding ceremony is prohibited.

· The use of any audio device (tape recorders, amplifiers, etc.) is prohibited.

· Wedding planners responsible for all chairs and tables. All chairs and tables must be removed following the event.

· Chairs and tables limited to the interior of the backyard garden only.

· Wedding party must be limited to no more than 125 people.

· All weddings shall be monitored by National Park personnel. The permitee shall pay park recovery costs associated with this monitoring.

Submit a completed application to the Special Park Use Coordinator. Allow a minimum of 4 weeks for evaluation by the park management. All efforts will be made to expedite the permitting process.

Application and Cost Recovery Fees may apply. Depending on the size and complexity of the desired ceremony, wedding planners may be required to provide proof of liability insurance for the event.

FILMING and PHOTOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS

Applications for filming and photography for both commercial and still photography with a model must be submitted in advance. Depending on the complexity of the project, applicants must complete either the FORM 10-931 (for less than 10 people on crew) or the FORM 10-932 (for 10 or more people on the crew). Submit completed applications to the Special Park Use Coordinator. Allow a minimum of 4 weeks for evaluation by the park management. All efforts will be made to expedite the permitting process. Agency-specific fees apply (see PERMIT FEES and PROOF OF INSURANCE for guidance).

PERMIT FEES and PROOF OF INSURANCE

WHAT FEES WILL I HAVE TO PAY?

In addition to the application fee that must accompany all applications for special use permits, a Cost Recovery Fee may be charged. Cost recovery includes any additional charges to cover the costs incurred by the NPS in processing requests and monitoring permits. This amount will vary depending on the park and the size and complexity of the permit.

This includes, but is not limited to the following:

· Cost for monitoring the permitted activity.

· Any overtime or Holiday costs for personnel assigned to the permit.

· Any expenses incurred by the park in order to conduct the permitted activity.

The National Park Service will collect a cost recovery charge and a location fee for commercial filming and still photography permits. Cost recovery includes an application fee and any additional charges to cover the costs incurred by the NPS in processing requests and monitoring permits. This amount will vary depending on the park and the size and complexity of the permit. The application fee must be submitted with your application. The National Park Service has been directed by Congress to collect a location fee to provide a fair return to the United States for the use of park lands. The National Park Service uses the following fee schedules:

COMMERCIAL FILMING/VIDEOS

· 1–2 people, camera & tripod only - $0/day

· 3–10 people - $150/day

· 11–30 people - $250/day

· 31–49 people - $500/day

· Over 50 people - $750/day

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY with a MODEL

· 1–10 people - $50/day

· 11–30 people - $150/day

· Over 30 people - $250/day

Permits issued for non-commercial filming may be subject to cost recovery charges, and you may be required to obtain insurance naming the United States as additionally insured. LIABILITY INSURANCE Liability insurance will be required naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure the payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.

RESERVATIONS
Reservations are required for the Homestead tour only. Tours are given daily at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are limited to 12. Make your reservation at the Visitor Center desk no later than 15 minutes prior to the time of the tour. Schools or groups with numbers larger than 12 should call the Visitor Center at 423-638-3551 to make arrangements with staff.

Last updated: February 19, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
121 Monument Ave.

Greeneville, TN 37743

Phone:

(423) 638-3551

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