Special Use Permit - Scattering of Cremains

The scattering of cremated human remains ("cremains") in Cape Lookout National Seashore should be a small private affair, held away from high visitor use areas. A Special Use Permit is required in order to hold your memorial.

Obtaining a Scattering of Cremains Permit
In order to obtain a scattering of cremains permit, you must first fill out an application that is appropiate for your group size. Download the application, fill out with your information, and email a copy to CALO_SUP@nps.gov.

Application 49 or Less Attendees For Memorial Permit
Application 50 or More Attendees For Memorial Permit

After sending your application, you will be contacted within 7-10 business days to collect payment. Once we receive your payment, a permit will be emailed to you for a signature. 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. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.

Note: If you are unable to fill out application digitally, you may print application, complete, and scanned copy to CALO_SUP@nps.gov. If you are unable to submit the application digitally, call Harkers Island Visitor Center (252) 728-2250 to request an application to be mailed to you.


Cost Recovery
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.

For memorials with 49 people or less, there is a $50 application fee. Applicants also must pay an administrative fee of $50, totaling to $100. For memorials with 50 people or more, there is a $50 application fee and a $100 administrative fee, equaling to $150.

Application Cost: Must be submitted at the time of the initial application. This is a non-refundable payment.

Administration Cost: Payable when the permit is approved and prior to beginning the event. This is a non-refundable payment.

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 fee includes employee travel time to and from the event location.

*Generally a $50.00 per hour per monitor charge is the rate for monitoring.

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.

Last updated: January 29, 2024

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