All Special Use Permits (SUPs) and Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) need to be submitted 45 days in advance of the scheduled event for processing.
Special Park Uses
The rugged beauty of the Badlands is a spectacular backdrop for filming, organized activities, or wedding ceremonies. A special park use is a short-term activity, like those mentioned, that occurs in a National Park Service area and:
Special park uses, if approved, require the issuance of Special Use Permits and payment of permit fees before the activity can be held in the park. Special Use Permits must be acquired for commercial and independent filming, weddings, and commercial photography.
How To Apply
You may download a permit application online. There two types of permits, a short form and long form. The short form is used for small scale events, such as wedding photos. The long form permit should be submitted for larger events such as commercial filming.
To apply for a Special Use Permit, print and complete the form listed above, attach any required fees, and mail it to the address specified on the form. For further information about obtaining a Special Use Permit or determining if your activity needs a permit, please contact the park at 605-433-5361 and ask for the Fee Program Manager.
Commercial filming and still photography in the park requires a special use permit. There are two types of permit applications, a long form and short form. Short forms are suitable for small scale events where the long form is required for large scale events.
Commercial Use Authorizations
What is a CUA?
A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows an individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. The National Park Service (NPS) issues CUAs to manage a wide-range of commercial visitor services in addition to road-based commercial tours.
Why does NPS require CUAs?
The requirement is in 36 CFR 5.3 - It is illegal to conduct business in a park area without a permit, contract, or other written agreement. Additionally, Public Law 105-391 Section 418, passed in 1998, provides NPS the authority to issue CUAs to allow business operations and requires NPS to collect a reasonable fee for CUA administration and management.
Do I need a CUA?
You may not conduct commercial activities in a park unit without a valid CUA!
A CUA is required if you provide any goods, activities, services, agreements, or other function for members, clients, or the public that:
How to Apply:Download the application and follow the instructions on the form. Submit the completed application to the email or physical address on the form.
Last updated: June 20, 2023