If you are planning a short term event or activity in the park that is beyond the scope of what any visitor is planning you may need a permit.
Special Park Use Permits
Special Use Permits authorize activities that benefit individuals, groups or organizations, rather than the public at large. Examples include: weddings, memorial services, special assemblies, and First Amendment activities. The National Park Service may permit a special park use providing the activity will not cause derogation of park resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established. Primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage, anticipated disruption of normal public use, and previously approved permitted activities.
A minimum of 15 business days is required to review special park use permit requests. The clock begins the day the completed permit application, $100 non-refundable application fee, and insurance information are received. Applications will not be considered until all three have been received. In addition to the application fee, other fees may be charged. A National Park Service employee may be assigned as an on-site monitor for the project or an employee may spot-check activities to ensure adherence to the conditions of the permit and to rules and regulations. The permittee will be billed for all costs incurred including employee overtime.
First Amendment Activities
A special use permit is required for public assembly or the sale or distribution of printed matter in National Park Service areas when group size is greater than 25. All First Amendment activities must take place at the designated area. Contact the permit coordinator for details. All activities are limited to daylight hours. All park regulations must be followed and no resource damage is allowed. Permits for First Amendment activities may take up to ten days to approve or deny. Customary permit fee requirements are not applied to First Amendment activities.
If you'd like to apply for a permit or have any questions, please contact the Special Park Uses Coordinator at (305) 242-7042 or email e-mail us.
Application for Special Use Permit - 10-930 (hyperlink)