First Amendment Activities
Free Speech Area : View towards the Information Center.
Free Speech Area : View towards parking lot.
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. The necessity of a permit to conduct First Amendment activities is determined by the group size.
A small group is defined as "25 people or less." A "small group" is not required to obtain a First Amendment Permit if they are located within a park designated First Amendment site and have no more than leaflets, booklets and/or hand held signs.
Small Groups Will Require a Permit If They:
a. Want to hold a demonstration or distribute and/or sell printed matter somewhere outside a designated First Amendment area.
b. Wants to use equipment (i.e. tables, banners, platforms, etc.) even if it is within a designated area.
c. Are merely an extension of another group already availing itself of the 25 person maximum.
d. Wants to guarantee they will have priority for the use of a location, including the designated First Amendment areas.
A large group is defined as "more than 25 people" and is required to obtain a First Amendment Permit even if they are utilizing a park designated First Amendment site.
Some examples of special events that fall under First Amendment Rules:
• Distribution and/or sale of printed matter
• Religious services
• Public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
How to Apply for a Special Use Permit (SUP)Step 1: Download the General Use Application Form
Step 2: Pay the $25 fee applicable to your application Electronically through Zion National Parks pay.gov account.
Step 3: e-mail us the completed application form.
Step 4: If your request is approved, a permit containing applicable terms and conditions will be sent you. The permit must be signed by the responsible person and returned to the park for final approval by the Park Superintendent before the permitted activity begins.
Last updated: September 20, 2018