Special Use Permits
Gatherings and commercial activities in National Parks often require a special use permit. The purpose of these permits is to ensure the protection of the park's natural and cultural resources, as well as to minimize conflicts between park visitors and your guests.
Special Use Permits are required to hold events including weddings or commercial filming. Research Permits are required to conduct scientific research or surveys. On this page you will find information to determine the type of permit you need, as well as links to required forms.
A Special Use Permit is issued by the Superintendent to an individual, group, or organization to authorize use of National Park Service- administered resources. A compatible use is defined as an activity that is consistent with applicable legislation, Federal regulations and administrative policies, is in accordance with the purpose of the monument, avoids visitor use conflicts, and does not create unacceptable impacts to monument resources.
A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and that:
Special use permits for special events will not be issued, if in the opinion of the Superintendent, the special event will:
Weddings, Commercial Filming/ Still Photography, or Special Events please contact the Monument at (719) 748 - 3253 ext. 101
First Amendment - PublicAssemblies
Demonstration groups of 25 or fewer people are exempt from filing a 1st amendment permit unless outlined in 36CFR2.51. Notification to the superintendent is recommended, but not required.
For questions on how to apply for a research permit, contact our Paleontology Division at 719-748-3253 x501.Applications for research and collection permits will be carefully reviewed and considered on a case by case basis.
Qualified scientists are invited to conduct independent studies in their special areas of expertise in the national parks when the work promises to yield information that is useful to park management. NPS policy discourages studies that are not likely to produce results having some intrinsic value for preserving or managing park resources.
Rules and Regulations
All applications will be handled in the order they are received. Standard requests can be processed in 10 business days. Requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics, and coordination with other NPS divisions or visitor activities may require a minimum of four weeks to process. A minimum of four weeks is also required to process permits for projects that need additional environmental compliance.
Many requests are received to use Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument for various reasons. When such requests are inappropriate, they are denied. Frequently, because of lack of space, funds, staff resources, etc., even appropriate uses have to be denied; however, compatible, non-commercial (does not involve the buying and selling of goods or services) use of the monument is permitted from time to time with a Special Use Permit.
Last updated: February 11, 2023