Special events are activities, such as sporting events, spectator attractions, entertainment, ceremonies, large group camps or rendezvous, which fall under the category of privileges. Special events differ from public assemblies and public meetings in that the latter activities are rights protected by the First Amendment.
The authority for the management of special events in a national park can be found in Title 16, U.S. Code and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, 2.50.
National Park Service Management Policies 2006 and Director’s Order 53 Special Park Uses provide policy guidance for management of special event activities.
The following guidelines are established by the National Park Service Management Policies 2006 as they relate to special event activities within this unit of the National Park Service.
Special Use/Event Permits
A special park use is a short term activity that takes place in a park area and that:
Special use permits for special events will not be issued if, in the Superintendent’s opinion, the special event will:
Total minimum cost is $280 for the permit. If extra monitoring is needed then those cost will be billed after the event. Please pay via Pay.gov (instructions below) or call 435-719-2123 with payment information.
Non-refundable Application Fee
Each contains a minimum 2 hour monitoring charge. If additional monitoring is required, a charge of $50 per hour, per employee will be assessed.
(1) Monitoring – All activities authorized by permit—except for memorialization—require continuous, on-site supervision by the National Park Service to assure full compliance with all conditions of the permit. A minimum of 2 hours monitoring ($100) is applied to the cost of every permit upon issuance. The scope and complexity of the activity will determine the level and type of supervision. Fees include travel time for employees involved between activity location(s) and employee duty station(s).
Applicants should submit payments via Pay.gov. To make a payment:
How to Apply
For all other special events, complete Form 10-930 [826k Word document] and mail it (along Pay.gov payment confirmation or a check or money order made out to National Park Service) to the address below. You can also email a completed application with credit card information to the email address listed at the top of the application.
Special Park Use Coordinator
All applications will be handled in the order they are received.Standard requests can be processed in 10 business days. Requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics, and coordination with other NPS divisions or visitor activities may require a minimum of four weeks to process. A minimum of four weeks is also required to process permits for projects that need additional environmental compliance.
Special event permits are issued by authority of the Superintendent through the Chief Ranger’s Office.
For questions or additional information, please contact the Special Park Uses coordinator at (435) 719-2123 or email us.
Last updated: November 26, 2018