Permits & Reservations

Park Ranger at Federal Hall conducting a school group tour.
Groups of ten or more persons require a tour reservation.

NPS

Tour Reservations

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, maximum group size is 30 persons. Please call (212) 825-6990 and speak with a ranger to confirm a group tour reservation. A two-week advance notice is necessary. Reservations must be made directly by phone or e-mail. Voice mail messages will not be accepted to reserve a tour. Reservations must be confirmed by a ranger via phone or e-mail to be valid.


Tour Reservation Guidelines and Form

 
Permits

A Special Use Permit is required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than 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.

Changes to Commercial Filming Permit on Park Land

The following types of filming activities may occur in areas open to the public without a permit and without advance notice to the NPS:

  • Outdoor filming activities [outside of areas managed as wilderness] involving five persons or less and equipment that will be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold cameras.

The organizer of any other type of filming activity must provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 10 days prior to the start of the proposed activity. Based upon the information provided, the Superintendent may require the organizer to apply for and obtain a permit if necessary to:

  • maintain public health and safety;

  • protect environmental or scenic values;

  • protect natural or cultural resources;

  • allow for equitable allocation and use of facilities; or

  • avoid conflict among visitor use activities.

If the Superintendent determines that the terms and conditions of a permit could not mitigate the concerns identified above in an acceptable manner, the Superintendent may deny a filming request without issuing a permit. The Superintendent will provide the basis for denial in writing upon request.

The NPS will consider requests and process permit applications in a timely manner. Processing times will vary depending on the complexity of the proposed activity. If the organizer provides the required 10 day advance notice to the NPS and has not received a written response from the NPS that a permit is required prior to the first day of production, the proposed filming activities may occur without a permit.

The following are prohibited:

  1. Engaging in a filming activity without providing advance notice to the Superintendent when required.

  2. Engaging in a filming activity without a permit if [the activity takes place in areas managed as wilderness or if the Superintendent has notified the organizer in writing that a permit is required.

  3. Violating a term and condition of a permit issued under this action. Violating a term or condition of a permit issued under to this action may also result in the suspension and revocation of the permit by the Superintendent.


Permit Instructions and Requirements
View and print the Safety Plan that must be submited with your application
Application for Special Park Use Permit
Application for Commerical Still Photogrpahy Permit

 
First Amendment Area at Federal Hall
Federal Hall has always served as a focal point for free speech and new ideas, which continues to this day. However, for the good of all visitors, First Amendment activities and other gatherings must still adhere to NPS guidelines.

NPS

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 more than 25 participants require special use permits and National Park Service staff may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted.

Federal Hall National Memorial “First Amendment Rights Area" on the steps of Federal Hall is under construction. During the project no more than 25 participants will be permitted at a time.

Some examples are:
  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • religious services
  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
  • collecting signatures for petitions



For more information regarding special use and/or short term leasing at Federal Hall National Memorial, please email us.

Application Process
To apply for a Permit, complete the form, and send it with a non-refundable
application fee of $50 to:

Federal Hall National Monument
National Park Service
Attention: Business Management Program
26 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005

Please make check or money order payable to the "National Park Service". Note that this is only an application form. A permit form will be sent to you as soon as we approve your proposed activity. No Special Use Permit is valid until signed by the Superintendent or other authorized federal official. Please be advised that additional fees maybe assessed, depending upon the nature of the activity.


Last updated: April 16, 2021

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