Some activities at Cape Cod National Seashore may require permits or reservations. Some activities include, but are not limited to: Special events such as weddings, camp fires on the beach, filming or photography, off-road vehicle driving.
There are a limited number of permits per beach per day for campfires at the park's six swimming beaches.
Reservations may be made up to 3 days in advance by calling a visitor center or in person beginning at 9:00 am. Permits are free, and must be picked up the day of the fire at the reserving visitor center, before 3:30 pm.
Demand for reservations is extremely high during the summer months. Park policy is to take reservations in person each morning before phone reservations.
For fire permits for the Off Road Vehicle corridor:
Permits are not required for stoves using manufactured fuels or charcoal grills. Stoves and grills are allowed in picnic areas at Doane Rock, Great Island, Pilgrim Heights, and Beech Forest, or on sandy or rocky beaches boardering tidewater.
Commercial Use Authorizations
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs), are a type of permit that fall under the authority of Section 418 of the National Park Service Concession Management Improvement Act of 1998 (16 U.S.C 5966 Public Law 105-391). The section authorizes the National Park Service to issue CUAs to individuals, corporations, and other entities to provide commercial services to park visitors in limited circumstances. Learn more.
Off Road Vehicle Permits
The Off Road Vehicle (ORV) corridor at Cape Cod National Seashore is comprised of miles of unspoiled beaches managed by the National Park Service to accommodate ORV enthusiasts and other beach goers. Get your ORV permit.
Ranger Program Reservations
Our rangers are ready to share the seashore's beauty, resources, and recreational opportunities with you! Our schedule is chock full of exciting experiences focused on the many dimensions of the national seashore. Most programs are free. Some require reservations, which may be made no more than seven days in advance, and some require a fee. Find a Ranger Guided Activity.
Special Use Permits
Cape Cod National Seashore is home to many beautiful landscapes and settings that are ideal venues for a variety of special activities such as events, wedding ceremonies, and film and photography projects. Most special events and activities held in the park require a special use permit, issued only after the National Park Service determines that the activities involved will not impair park values and resources.
Last updated: August 14, 2019