If you are interested in holding your marriage ceremony at Cape Lookout National Seashore, the following information will be helpful in making your plans. A Special Use Permit is required to hold a wedding anywhere within Cape Lookout National Seashore. Until a Special Use Permit is approved and issued, the requested date and location cannot be guaranteed (permits do not guarantee exclusive use of the area). Follow the guidelines outlined below to ensure that your permit is in place in time for your special occasion.
Permit Application Procedure
Requests for a permit application may be made in person at the Harkers Island Visitor Center, via telephone, email or letter. The application form may be downloaded from the Special Use Permits webpage. A completed application and the non-refundable application fee are required before an application can be processed. Park contact information is:
Special Use Permits Phone: 252-728-2250 Cape Lookout National Seashore FAX: 252-728-2160 131 Charles Street Website: www.nps.gov/calo Harkers Island, NC 28531 Email: CALO_Special_Use_Permit@nps.gov
The information on the application will be used by NPS staff to evaluate the impact of the proposed activity on park resources and visitors. 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. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Applications will be returned to the applicant if submitted incomplete, cannot be approved as submitted, or are received without payment or without a social security or Federal Tax Identification Number. This greatly extends the time required to process your permit.
Please indicate the specific location on the application. The Special Use Permit does not allow your ceremony to restrict other park visitors from your chosen location nor does it guarantee you a specific site.
The following areas are restricted for use (are generally not available):
- Cape Lookout Lighthouse
- Cape Lookout Visitor Centers
- All docks
- The main pavilion/shade shelter at the Cape Lookout Light Station Visitor Center