Special Park Use Permits
Special Park Use Permits are required for short-term activities that take place in the park area which:
• Provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large;
• Require written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
• Are not prohibited by law or regulation.
It is important that your application be as detailed as possible concerning your proposed activity. We must know the specific type of event, desired time and location, equipment (including vehicles), total number of participants (including contractors) and any special needs you may have. Also, when identifying the desired park location for your event, please specify the park district (Apollo Beach or Playalinda Beach) you wish to hold your event in. As an example, to clearly identify the desired location for an event, you should write, "Apollo Beach by parking area #1", in the preferred location section of the application.
The information on the application will be used by National Park Service staff to evaluate the impact of your event on park resources and other visitors. A $150 non-refundable processing fee is required with your application. In addition, exclusive park staff services may be required, at a cost of $50 per hour, per person, depending on the scope and size of the proposed activity. Liability insurance may also be required. Payment of fees shall be via money order or bank draft made payable to the National Park Service. Do Not Mail Cash. For additional information contact our permit coordinator at 321-267-1110. (Park Headquarters - 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville FL 32796)
Wedding Permit Application Supplemental Information
Group size limits & authorized event locations
Canaveral National Seashore can accommodate smaller wedding groups with a permit, which do not exceed 20 participants, and which will require no more than 15 parking spaces. Both the Playalinda and Apollo District have a designated location which is most suitable for holding small wedding ceremonies. These locations were selected based on parking availability, ease of beach access, and in order to minimize interference to other park visitors who are not event participants. Exceptions to the above guidelines will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and require special approval by the Superintendent or Chief Ranger.
Authorized Wedding Ceremony Locations:
Apollo Beach (north district) ………………….. Beach access parking area # 1
Playalinda Beach (south district) ………………. Eddy Creek beach access area.
All Special Park Use permit applicants must include a $150.00 processing fee with your application. Payment by check or money order is accepted, and should be made payable to “National Park Service.” Additional cost recovery fees may be required, based on the complexity of your event, and/or the necessity to utilize park staff or resources to manage the event. As a general rule, permit refunds will not be issued for event cancellations, inclement weather, or park closures required by KSC security operations. Our permit coordinator may be reached at (321) 267-1110.
Payment of Guest or Participant Entrance Fee
While a Special Park Use permit covers the entrance fee for the permit holder, it does not waive entrance fees for guests or participants. Often we are asked, particularly for weddings, if arrangements can be made for the permittee to pay the entrance fees of guests or other participants. Unfortunately, we no longer accept advance payments for guests as part of the permit process. This is because experience has shown that more often than not, the number of anticipated guests does not match the number of guests who actually arrive for the event. This discrepancy typically results in processing of refunds, or attempting to collect additional entrance fees after the event has ended.
To accommodate permittees who may wish to pay their guest’s entrance fees, the following option is available; either the permittee, or a designated individual may remain at the entrance station fee booth as guests arrive. The Visitor Use Assistant on duty will keep count of the authorized guests or participants with you, and payment will be made after you indicate the last anticipated guest or participant has arrived. Persons arriving for your event after that transaction has been completed will be charged the normal entrance fee, if they do not have a valid park pass. In such cases, any entrance fee reimbursement would be the responsibility of the permittee.
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) Permits
Canaveral National Seashore is no longer issuing CUA's for Commercial Charter Fishing, Kayaking, or Guides within Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. If you need to renew your CUA for Charter Fishing, Kayaking or Guided tours, within the refuge, please contact the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge at (321) 861-5601.
For those needing a Commercial Use Authorization permit for use only in Canaveral National Seashore, the north end of the Mosquito Lagoon, you will need a CUA for the National Park Service.
Commercial Harvesting Permits
Commercial Harvesting Permits coincide with the fiscal year, the fiscal year begins on Oct 1st and ends on Sep 30th.
The cost for this permit is $150. A permit is required for each individual engaged in the commercial harvesting of clams, crabs, fish, oysters, shrimp and bait fish within the boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore and/or Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Commercial Harvesting Permits may NOT be used for Commercial Guide Services.
Commercial Harvesting Permit applications are available at the park headquarters office: 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796.
Commercial Harvesting Permit Application
Commercial Harvesting Catch Log Form -Monthly Catch Log Submissions Are Required (even if you were not engaged in commercial fishing activity during the reporting month)
Please submit your monthly catch log report each month via USPS, fax, in person, or email to: kristen_kneifl @ nps.gov
Mail to: Canaveral National Seashore, 212 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796 ; Fax to: (321) 264-2906
Catch logs are required because harvest data is needed to manage sustainable aquatic populations. On your logs, please record hours fished in each area even if no fish were caught. We ask that you record number of people fishing/harvesting, including guides or assistants who are actively fishing. Our Resource Management team greatly appreciates your cooperation.
Please do not submit a year's worth of monthly reports.