Biscayne National Park is a beautiful, unique place that has touched many hearts. On occasion, visitors request to memorialize a loved one by scattering their ashes here.
1. In addition to the Special Park Use Permit, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) & Clean Water Act regulations apply.
2. Access to the area must be kept open to the public and the memorialization cannot interfere with normal visitor activity in any manner. The park will not exclude nor allow you to exclude other park visitors from the site during the ceremony.
3. Ashes must be fully refined with no detectable remains.
4. Scattering must result in complete dispersal of ashes. Cremains may not be piled in one location or buried.
5. No natural resources will be disturbed in any way.
6. No monument, memorial, plaque, structure, urn, photo or other commemorative item may be left within the boundaries of Biscayne National Park. Do not bring any potted plants, dried flower arrangements or any plant with seeds as these may introduce non-native or invasive species.
7.The release of birds, butterflies and/or any type of wildlife is prohibited.
8. If chartering a vessel is necessary, a list of Biscayne National Park Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) holders is available by contacting the permit office. CUA holders are CUAs are permitted businesses that can provide boat transportation within the park for a fee.
9. Audio devices and music shall not be used in a manner that may disturb other visitors.
10. The permit must be in your possession when scattering cremains.
11. The permittee recognizes and is aware of the sensitivity of this activity and agrees to perform it in a discreet and private manner.
12. The permittee recognizes that the National Park Service (NPS) does not commit to treating the area as sacred or as a burial ground or cemetery. Park uses, operations, and programs will be continued without regard to the presence of the cremains.
13. Violation of the terms and conditions of the permit may result in the immediate revocation of the permit.
Other stipulations may be added depending on the specific nature of your request.If you have any questions about the application process or your permit, please contact the Special Park Uses Coordinator at (305) 242-7747, or email: BISC_Permits@nps.gov.
Last updated: March 17, 2021