Special Park Uses

The Special Use Permit (SUP) program authorizes activities that provide benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large; and that require written authorization and some management control in order to protect park resources and the public interest. Examples include special events, commercial filming/still photography, weddings, scattering of ashes, First Amendment activities, commercial vehicle or watercraft use, agricultural permits and right-of-way (ROW) easements.

Special Use Permits are granted for specific periods of time and specific locations. Certain cost recovery, fees and insurance requirements may apply.

Permit Application Procedure
Requests for a permit application, park specific conditions, or additional information may be made in person at park headquarters, via telephone, email or letter. A completed application and the non-refundable application fee are required before an application can be processed. Park information is:

Commercial Services Office

Telephone: 870-365-2702 or 870-365-2724

Buffalo National River

FAX: 870-365-2799

402 N. Walnut St., Suite 136

Website: www.nps.gov/buff

Harrison, AR 72601

e-mail us

 

Non-Profit Organizations
When engaging in activities on park area lands, a non-profit organization is required to obtain a Special Use Permit or other appropriate authorization as may otherwise be required by National Park Service policies and regulations. Certain cost recovery, fees and insurance requirements may apply.

A non-profit organization is an organization that has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from Federal income taxation as a nonprofit or not-for-profit organization under the terms of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Agricultural
The Special Use Permit program provides for agricultural use and/or livestock grazing on certain parcels of land within Buffalo National River. Agriculture plays a very important role in managing the landscape of Buffalo National River. Without farming, the fields would quickly turn into forest. Farmed fields are part of the cultural landscape and provide a wide variety of habitat for a number of species.
Agricultural Special Use Permits within Buffalo National River are issued through a competitive selection process. A request for solicitation to bid on specific parcels will be announced via press releases and government websites. Call the Commercial Services office at 870-365-2702 or 870-365-2724 to inquire about your activity. Additional park contact information can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

 

Scattering of Cremation Ashes
Please contact the Commercial Services Office to obtain a letter of authorization in order to scatter ashes from human cremains at Buffalo National River. There are specific rules and conditions outlined in the letter that are required of all ash scattering requests. There is no fee for the scattering of ashes. However, if your activity falls outside the guidelines listed in the letter, or you intend to hold a ceremony such as a color guard or memorial service, you must have a Special Use Permit in addition to the letter. Call the Commercial Services office at 870-365-2702 or 870-365-2724 to inquire about your activity.

 

Special Park Use Cost Recovery and Fees
The authority for the National Park Service to recover and retain costs associated with managing special park uses is found at 16 U.S.C. 3a, 16 U.S.C. 460l-6d, and 31 U.S.C. 9701. Charges established for a Special Park Use under this authority are intended to recover costs associated with managing that activity and not to generate revenue beyond actual cost.

Special Use Permit for:

Application Fee

Administrative Fee

Total

25 persons or less

$50

$50

$100

26 persons or more

$50

$100

$150

Commercial Film/Photography

$100

$100

$200

First Amendment

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

Right-of-Way (ROW)

$100

$100

$200

Agricultural Use

$50

$50

$100

Application Cost

Must be submitted at the time of the initial application. This is a non-refundable cost.

Administration Cost

Payable when the permit is approved and prior to beginning the event. This is a non-refundable cost.

Monitoring Cost

If the event requires NPS supervision for resource protection or the health or safety of visitors, the cost will be estimated and payable when the permit is approved and prior to beginning the event. The scope and complexity of the permit activity will determine the level and type of supervision. The cost includes employee travel time to and from the event location.

 

Commercial Film/Still Photography Location Fee: Required by Public Law 106-206 payable when the permit is approved and prior to beginning filming.

Commercial Filming/Videos Fees

Still Photography Fees

1 - 2 people

(camera & tripod only)

$0/day

1 - 10 people

$150/day

1 - 10 people

$50/day

11 - 30 people

$250/day

11 - 30 people

$150/day

31 - 49 people

$500/day

Over 30 people

$250/day

Over 50 people

$750/day

Federal procedures (31 USC 7701) requires your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number on the back of all checks or money orders accepted for deposit in the amount of $50.00 or more. You must supply your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number in order for your check to be accepted and your application to be processed.

Last updated: January 6, 2018

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Mailing Address:

402 N. Walnut Street
Suite 136

Harrison, AR 72601

Phone:

(870) 439-2502

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