A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. The National Park Service may permit a special park use providing the activity will not unduly interfere with normal park operations, cause derogation of the park's resources or values, or present a threat to public safety or property. Primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage and to anticipated disruption of normal public use.
FeesThere is a $150 non-refundable application fee charged to offset the costs of administering each permit. Additional direct costs and staff time may charged depending on the type, scale and complexity of the event.
Colonial NHP charges per user entrance fees for all recreational users including those participating in special events and activities. Collection of the entrance fees for most permitted events is handled by the permittee, such as collecting a surcharge with registration fees (for example). Non-recreational activity permits (such as 1st Ammendment activities) do not require entrance fees.
MemorializationInformation regarding the rules for scattering ashes may be found on Page 19 of Superintendent's Compendium
First Amendment ActivitiesSpecific areas are designated throughout the park. More information is available here and by contacting us.
Filming & PhotographyFilming Information
Prohibited ActivitiesActivities that alter the landscape, involve digging or ground disturbance or unduly interfere with normal visitation patterns. Establishing temporary or permanent memorials or any sign or structure.
Weddings are not permitted.
More InformationClick on the desired link for further information and printable permit application forms (the applications are in Adobe PDF format and you must have Adobe Acrobat to print them).
General Information [LINK]
Permit Application Short
Special Use Permitting, Colonial NHP
Colonial National Historical Park
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690
Last updated: March 19, 2023