A special park use is an activity in a National Park area that is conducted by or 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 derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purposes for which the park was established.
Following is a list of some common activities (Special Uses) that require a permit:
All Special Events (including, but not limited to, weddings, beach parties, group bonfires and picnics, fishing tournaments, races, walkathons, trail rides), Filming, First Amendment Activities, Hunting and Oversand Vehicle Use.
Requests for special uses within the National Seashore must be made in writing, using the National Park Service Special Use Permit Application Form (also available at all visitor contact stations), accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $50.00. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Requested uses should have a meaningful association with the Seashore’s mission and purposes and are evaluated for potential resource impacts, safety issues, disruption to park operations and normal public use, and in relation to current management policies and issues/concerns.
Please allow adequate time for processing application – a minimum of 10 business days for simple, routine permits is needed. Complex requests may require additional review time, on-site planning meetings, insurance, certifications/documentation, etc., prior to permit issuance.
If a request is approved, two original permits containing applicable conditions and regulations will be mailed to the person that is designated on the application. The permits must be signed by the applicant and returned to the park for signature prior to the event. One final permit will be mailed to the applicant. The permittee must have the final authorized permit with them in the park while exercising the privileges it allows.
Fees to recover costs associated with permitting special uses within the Seashore are required for most permits. The $50.00 non-refundable application fee recovers only basic processing costs. The permittee will be notified and billed if any additional costs are incurred by the Park. Performance bonds and liability insurance may be required depending on the nature of the activity.
For weddings in the Virginia District, pease contact the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at 757-336-6122.