Wedding Permits

Permits

Gatherings and commercial activities in national parks often require a special use permit. The purpose of these permits is to ensure the protection of the park's natural and cultural resources, as well as to minimize conflicts between park visitors and your guests.

This page is for you if you are interested in holding a wedding ceremony in the park. There are certain requirements that apply to all wedding permits. Read below for information on regulations, fees, and how to apply.

 

Locations

We permit weddings at the following locations. All are located at Island in the Sky.

  • Grand View Point
  • Green River Overlook
  • Mesa Arch
 

Regulations

  • Your group size is limited to 25 people.
  • We will evaluate use of folding chairs on a case by case basis.
  • You are responsible for site clean up.
  • Your continuous time occupying the area under or adjacent to any arch is limited to 10 minutes when other visitors are present. You must provide a break of at least 10 minutes to allow for unobstructed viewing and photography by other park visitors.
  • You must restrict wedding activities to slick rock, dry washes, or maintained areas of the park, and you must be in compliance with all park rules and regulations.
  • You may not occupy more than half of a parking lot or pull-out. You must allow for free traffic flow for visitors.
  • Any wedding locations requested other than above locations will require a full compliance review.
  • Your event must comply with all other park regulations.


The following activities are prohibited:

  • Use of rice, birdseed, or any non-native plant seed.
  • Releasing butterflies, doves, or any other wildlife.
  • Conducting a wedding within any cultural resource site.
  • Establishing tents, caterers, sound systems, tables, etc.
  • Use of alcohol
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Amplified sound
 

Permit Fees

Total fees cost for a wedding permit is $185. Please pay via Pay.gov (instructions below).

  • Non-refundable Application Fee - $55
    This fee is based on an average time it takes to provide initial contact and consultation with permittees and initial review of a standard application or project.
  • Administrative & Management Fees - $130
    Once a request is approved, this fee covers the costs associated with issuing a standard permit. This fee includes, but is not limited to, the average time it takes for processing fees, permit development, consultations with the permittee, managerial consultations and billing. Administrative fees include a minimum two-hour monitoring charge. If additional monitoring is required, a charge of $50 per hour/per employee will be assessed.

Applicants should submit payments via Pay.gov. To make a payment:

  • Enter "SEUG" in the Pay.gov search window.
  • Payment will be made at: Canyonlands and Arches NP & Natural Bridges and Hovenweep NM Special Use Permit – click on “continue to the form."
  • Check which park your Special Use Permit is for. Under Permit Fee click on Permit and select Wedding.
  • Enter a total dollar amount $185 for the type of Special Use Permit you are requesting.
  • Follow the instructions and fill out the forms.
  • Save your payment confirmation; you will submit this with your application.

Entrance Fees

The standard park entrance fee also applies. We encourage wedding attendees to carpool; space is limited in some places.

 

How to Apply

Please submit a completed Form 10-930s (824k Word document) along with Pay.gov payment confirmation to the email address listed on the application.

We will handle applications in the order we receive them. We can process standard requests in 10 business days. Projects that need additional environmental compliance require a minimum of four weeks to process.

The Chief Ranger's Office issues special event permits by authority of the park superintendent.

 

Questions

Call the special use permit coordinator at 435-719-2123 or email us.

Last updated: November 21, 2019

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2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

435-719-2313

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