Permits & Reservations

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

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Federal Hall 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

 
Changes to Commercial Filming Permits 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.

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.
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.

To request permission to film please apply by submitting a Special Park Use Permit for the corresponding park site.

Instructions for Submitting a Special Park Use Permit Application

Special Park Use Applications:


African Burial Ground National Monument Application

Castle Clinton National Monument Application

Federal Hall National Memorial Application

General Grant National Memorial Application

Governors Island National Monument Application

Hamilton Grange National Memorial Application

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site Application

Stonewall National Monument Application

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site Application



Sample Certificate of Insurance

Body When is a permit needed?

Price v. Barr had no impact on how the National Park Service regulates still photography, so there are no changes in how the National Park Service regulates that activity. Still photographers require a permit only when:

  1. the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or
  2. the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
  3. a park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.
How do I apply for a still photography permit?

Please read the instructions and submit a detailed and signed application for still photography for the desired location.


Instructions for Submitting a Still Photography Permit Application


Still Photography Permit Applications:


African Burial Ground National Monument Application

Castle Clinton National Monument Application

Federal Hall National Memorial Application

General Grant National Memorial Application

Governors Island National Monument Application

Hamilton Grange National Memorial Application

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site Application

Stonewall National Monument Application

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site Application



Sample Certificate of Insurance


What fees will I have to pay fees for still photography?

The National Park Service will collect a cost recovery charge and a location fee for still photography permits. Cost recovery includes an application fee and any additional charges to cover the costs incurred by the National Park Service in processing your request and monitoring your permit. This amount will vary depending on the park and the size and complexity of your permit. The application fee must be submitted with your application.

In addition, the National Park Service has been directed by Congress to collect a fee to provide a fair return to the United States for the use of park lands. The National Park Service uses the following still photography fee schedule:

  • 1–10 people - $50/day
  • 11–30 people - $150/day
  • Over 30 people - $250/day
Are there other permit requirements?

You may be required to obtain liability insurance naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure the payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.

What about photography workshops?

If you are planning a photography workshop, you may need a commercial use authorization. Please contact the park at masi_special_park_use@nps.gov

Body Requesting a Special Use Permit For a Special Event

Requests for special use permits for events should be made by submitting an application at least 30 days prior to the date of the planned event. More advance notice is recommended. There is a non-refundable fee of $50.00 for processing your application for a special use permit. Please return the appropriate application form from the selection below to request a permit as soon as possible. All questions should be answered as accurately and completely as possible. This will assist the park in determining the appropriateness of the planned activities and help to estimate NPS costs that may be incurred in managing, facilitating, or supporting the use. Submission of the application form and fee payment does not imply permission for any special use or event. For more information please read the instructions.

Examples of activities that need a special use permit include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • ceremonies
  • performances
  • festivals
  • cultural programs
Instructions for Submitting a Special Park Use Permit Application


Special Park Use Applications:

African Burial Ground National Monument Application

Castle Clinton National Monument Application

Federal Hall National Memorial Application

General Grant National Memorial Application

Governors Island National Monument Application

Hamilton Grange National Memorial Application

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site Application

Stonewall National Monument Application

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site Application



Sample Certificate of Insurance

Requesting a Special Park Use Permit for a First Amendment Activity

First Amendment activities include freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly. All of these are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities and rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. A small group, defined as "25 people or less," is NOT required to obtain a First Amendment permit if it is located within a park designated site and have no more than leaflets, booklets and/or hand held signs. A permit is required for any small group that:

  • wants to hold a demonstration or distribute and/or sell printed matter somewhere outside a designated First Amendment area;

  • wants to use equipment (i.e. tables, banners, platforms, etc) even if it is within the designated area;

  • is merely an extension of another group already availing itself of the 25 person maximum;

  • wants to guarantee they will have priority for the use of a location, including the designated First Amendment areas

  • wants to use amplified sound and you must obtain a New York Police Department sound permit and submit a copy of the sound permit.

A large group, defined as "more than 25 people," IS required to obtain a First Amendment Permit even if it is utilizing a park designated First Amendment site. For all First Amendment events send in the special use permit that corresponds to the park you wish to utilize. There are no cost recovery fees associated with First Amendment permits.

Instructions for Submitting a First Amendment Permit Application


First Amendment Permit Applications:

African Burial Ground National Monument Application

Castle Clinton National Monument Application

Federal Hall National Memorial Application

General Grant National Memorial Application

Governors Island National Monument Application

Hamilton Grange National Memorial Application

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site Application

Stonewall National Monument Application

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site Application

Last updated: June 3, 2021

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