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:
- Provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large;
- Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
- Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
- Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS;
- Is not managed under a concession contract.
Special use permits for special events will not be issued if, in the Superintendent’s opinion, the special event will:
- Cause injury or damage to park resources.
- Be contrary to the purposes for which the park was established, or unreasonably impair the atmosphere of peace and tranquility maintained in wilderness, natural or cultural locations within the park.
- Unreasonably interfere with the interpretive, visitor service, or other program activities, or with administrative activities.
- Substantially impair the operation of public facilities or services of NPS concessioner or contractors.
- Present a clear and present danger to public health and safety.
- Result in significant conflict with other existing uses.
Non-refundable Application Fee
The non-refundable application fee must accompany each application. This fee is based on an average time it takes to provide initial contact and consultation with permittees and initial review of a standard application or project. The non-refundable application fees are:
- Special Events - $100
Once a request is approved, this fee covers the costs associated with issuing a standard permit. This fee includes, but is not limited to, the average time it takes for processing fees, permit development, consultations with the permittee, managerial consultations and billing. Administrative Fees are as follows:
- Special Events - $180
Each contains a minimum 2 hour monitoring charge. If additional monitoring is required, a charge of $50 per hour, per employee will be assessed.
Hourly Management Fee
A $50-per-hour rate applies under the following situations:
(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).
Extended Administrative Time
Any requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics, coordination with other NPS divisions or additional environmental compliance, or any permit that requires additional staff time beyond the averages in the initial costs will be charged an additional $50 per hour per employee that is needed in order to complete the permit.
How to Apply
For all other special events, complete Form 10-930 [826k Word document] and mail it (along with credit card information in the application, 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
Southeast Utah Group
2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, Utah 84532
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.