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.
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.
Special Events - Maryland District only
A specific area at the North Beach in Maryland has been designated for most routine “special events” in the park (baptisms, weddings, & bonfires/beach parties). It is located on the ocean beach seaward of the barrier dune immediately north of the lifeguarded beach area. General rules for events in this area include, but are not limited to:
The National Park Service (NPS) policies allow filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources, and when the activities assist in the NPS fulfilling its mission. Commercial filming and still photography activities may not harm natural, cultural, wilderness, or recreational resources and cannot conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the park.
First Ammendment Activities
Specific areas are designated throughout the park. Call 410-629-6046 for permit information.
Commercial Use Authorization
Commercial activities or operating a business of any kind in the park is prohibited without a Commercial Use Authorization. Applications are considered based on a number of criteria, including appropriateness/accomplishing mission of the park. The non-refundable application fee is $50.00. Call the Concessions Specialist at 410-629-6046 or email e-mail us for more information.
Last updated: April 19, 2023