Important Information About Processing Time
Applications will be accepted up to 12 months in advance. Applications must be completed in detail and returned with permit application and non-refundable application fee from Pay.gov. A minimum of 30 days are required to process an application and issue a permit. For more complex permits (i.e. fishing tournaments, large ceremonial gatherings, and weddings in the park) a minimum of 60 days will be required. This will allow NPS staff to prepare for the needs associated with the permit. An additional fee may required for complex permits.
Special Use Permits
A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for activities and events that provide a benefit to individuals, groups or organizations, rather than the general public, and may require some degree of management for the Recreation Area to protect the park's resources and insure visitor safety. There are several types of SUPs:
Commercial Use Authorizations
The National Park Service is authorized, upon request, to issue Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) to individuals, corporations or other business operations, to provide commercial services at the Recreation Area in limited circumstances. CUA's are NOT a Concessions Contract and are intended to provide a necessary commercial service on a limited basis. A CUA may be issued only for services
There is a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 for administrative costs for CUA permits and a $50.00 fee on SUP permits. Permits need to be paid either through check or Pay.gov. To pay by check, submit the payment with each application form, payable to the National Park Service.
Send applications and fees to:
Commercial Filming and Photography Permits
The National Park Service's mission is to protect its resources while providing for the enjoyment of the visitor. Consequently, the National Park Service has developed certain guidelines for the purpose of managing filming, photography, and sound recordings consistent with its mission through a permit system. Read through the current NPS guidelines and fill out the appropriate form bellow if your activities will require a permit.
Last updated: May 14, 2021