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 parking, special events, commercial filming/still photography, weddings, scattering of ashes, group camping, First Amendment activities, and constructing a temporary Duck Blind.
Special Use Permits are granted for specific periods of time and specific locations. Certain cost recovery, fees, and insurance requirements may apply.
All though some permits, such as parking, can be completed quickly, most permits need time to be evaluated, processed, completed, and signed by both parties. Allow at least two weeks (10 business days) for processing. Requests which involve multiple locations, complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require a minimum of 15 working days to process. Projects which require environmental or cultural resource evaluation must be submitted not less than 30 days before the start of proposed activities.
NOTE: Purchasing a permit, of any kind, in person or via telephone will only be available from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. (Calling ahead for an in person purchase is advisable.)
Special Use Permit (SUP) Applications and Forms
Special Use Permit Application (Form 10-930) (pdf, 86 Kb)
Duck Blind Permit Application (2017 season) (pdf, 58 Kb)
Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit Application (Form 10-932) (pdf, 128 Kb)
Supplemental Statement for Non-Profit Organizations (pdf, 34 Kb)
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.
* Other fees may apply
Application Cost: Must be submitted at the time of the initial application. This is a non-refundable payment.
Federal procedures (31 USC 7701) requires your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number on the back of all checks accepted for deposit. 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.
Permit Application Procedure
Requests for a permit application may be made in person at park headquarters, via telephone, email or letter. The application form may be downloaded from the park website. A completed application and the non-refundable application fee are required before an application can be processed.
For information on any Special Use Permit or to submit an application, contact the park.
Special Use Permits
Special Use Permit (SUP) Information Links
Learn more about the general conditions for each of these common types of SUP. Note: these are guidelines only; the conditions may vary for your event.
Permit applications for the 2018 season can be submitted on or after Tuesday, February 13. North and South Core Banks will open to vehicles from March 16, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Learn more on the Long-Term Parking Information page.
Download the long-term parking permit and permit application (both must submitted when applying for a permit) from the Applications section above.
The Duck Blind lottery for the 2018-2019 season will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM. After the lottery is complete, the remaining duck blind spaces will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Learn more on the Temporary Duck Blind Information page.
Download the temporary duck blind permit application from the Applications section above.
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.
Scientific Research & Collections
A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required for most scientific activities pertaining to natural resources or social science studies in National Park System areas that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitors.
Last updated: August 14, 2019