A permit is required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than to the park or the public at large. Many of the events that require permits also require some degree of oversight from National Park Service staff.
First Amendment Activities
We encourage citizens to exercise rights guaranteed by the Constitution. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect the public and park resources. Therefore, such First Amendment activities involving over 25 participants require special use permits, and National Park Service staff may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples are:
Non-commercial filming and photography is allowed. However, a permit is required for any non-commercial filming and/or photography within the boundaries of Federal Hall National Memorial, including the front steps of the building. This applies to photojournalists, members of the media, or anyone else using professional video and/or photography equipment.
To apply for a permit, complete the applicable form, and send it with a non-refundable application fee of $50 to:
Further Information/Contact Us
For more information regarding special uses, commercial filming, and/or short term leasing at Federal Hall National Memorial, contact the Special Use Permits Coordinator at (212) 825-6990.
Inquiries can also be made via email by clicking here.