Permits & Reservations

There are a variety of permits that you can apply for at First State National Historical Park. Please review the various types below and follow the instructions for the one that will best fit your needs.


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Special Use Permits (SUP)

A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large and for activities that require some degree of management by the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest. Activities and events that require Special Use Permits include:

  • Stationary events at a single location for over 25 participants, such as picnics or family reunions

  • Events involving over 25 participants on trails and roads, such as walk-a-thons, running and bicycling events

  • Memorialization, such as scattering of ashes

  • Weddings

  • Commercial filming or photography

  • Sports events, public spectator attractions, pageants

  • First Amendment activities with more than 25 participants

Two people pose for a photo while collect macroinvertebrates
Two people pose for a photo while collecting macroinvertebrates

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Scientific Research Permits

A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required to conduct research or collect specimens on all National Park Service Lands. The permitting process may take up to 90 days. First State NHP reviews applications on a first come first served basis.

Two people film the sun rising over the fields
Two people film the sun rising over the fields

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Commercial Filming & Still Photography Permits

Click on this link to read the latest requirements and guidlines for commercial filming and still photography.

Please email us if you have any questions about commercial filming or still photogrpahy at First State National Historical Park.



Currently, the use of drones is prohibited in First State NHP and all National Parks. Detailed information about the policy is available here.

Last updated: February 4, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720


(302) 544-6363
This phone number is not staffed. You can leave a message on the park's main phone number (302-544-6363) and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are visiting one of the six sites, and need specific information, please refer to the "Places to Go" page for phone numbers and addresses of each site.

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