After checking if your prospective activity meets the general guidelines and review the information explaining the park's special event management, the next step in obtaining a Special Use Permit is by checking if the date and time you are interested in in available.
Avoid scheduling conflicts by submitting a Permit Inquiry Form first. Requests for event dates are on a first-come, first-served basis except for park-sponsored public events, e.g., Memorial Day, Get Outdoors Day, WWII Encampment, and Campfire and Candlelights. There are also special use permits issued on an annual basis, e.g., Independence Day, Father-Daughter Dance, Sweet Heart Dance, and other activities attended by the public.
All applications are reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis by park officials. All applications are reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis by park officials.
Park staff are required to evaluate thoroughly in the context of guidelines, policy, and regulations - including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) -- each request to conduct a special event.
The NPS cannot issue additional Special Use Permits for park sites that are already affected by annual or previously scheduled events.
A $100 application processing fee is due with the application. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid by credit or debit card. Personal checks are not accepted; only Cashiers checks or Money Orders made payable to National Park Service. Payment of the Application Fee does not guarantee that the National Park Service will issue a permit. Complex applications and proposed activities may require more extensive review; in these cases, additional permit fees may apply.
Now that you have an overview of the permitting process, submit a Permit Inquiry Form