Special Use Permits are required prior to short-term events or activities that take place in an area managed by the National Park Service and:
If you are uncertain whether a Special Use Permit is necessary for your proposed activity, please contact the preserve.
No Drone Zone
Launching, landing or operating unmanned or remote controlled aircraft in Yukon-Charley Rivers is prohibited.
Learn more about regulations pertaining to the use of unmanned aircraft in the national parks.
Special Use Permits in Wilderness Areas
Much of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is Congressionally designated wilderness. Additional park lands are eligible for wilderness designation in the future (see map). Wilderness areas have specific laws and policies to preserve their wilderness character for future generations. These include prohibitions on structures, installations, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, motorized equipment, motorboats, and helicopter landings. Note that unmanned aircraft fall under the categories of “motorized equipment” and “mechanical transport” and are therefore prohibited in all NPS wilderness areas.
Learn more about working in wilderness in Alaska.
How to Apply
National Park Service
To pay with a charge card, please contact the SUP Fee Administrator at (907) 459-3730.
For simple permit requests, applications must be received at least three weeks prior to proposed start date.
General liability insurance must be carried by the permittee showing the “U.S. Government, National Park Service, Fairbanks Administrative Center, 4175 Geist Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709” as additionally insured. Short term policies must show coverage on "occurrence" basis. The minimum amount of commercial liability insurance is one million dollars. Additional amounts may be required for high-risk activities.
If you are uncertain whether a Special Use Permit is necessary for a proposed activity, please contact the park to discuss.Permit Coordinator
National Park Service
Fairbanks Administrative Center
4175 Geist Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3420
Looking for a different kind of use permit? See the options below.
Last updated: January 6, 2023