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.
First Amendment Activities
We encourage citizens to exercise rights guaranteed by the Constitution. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect the public and park resources. Therefore, such First Amendment activities involving over 25 participants require special use permits and National Park Service staff may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples are:
View and print the Permit Instructions and Requirements for General Grant National Memorial
- distribution and/or sale of printed matter
- religious services
- public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
- collecting signatures for petitions
Commercial Filming and Photography
A Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit is required for any filming or photography done by photojournalists, other members of the media, and all commercial entities within the boundary of General Grant National Memorial.
For more information regarding special use, commercial filming, and/or short term leasing at General Grant National Memorial, contact the Special Use Permits Coordinator at (212) 825-6990, or by email.
To apply for a permit, complete the form, and send it with a non-refundable application fee of $50 to:
ATTN: Special Use Permits Coordinator
26 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Please make check or money order payable to the "National Park Service". Note that this is only an application form. A permit form will be sent to you as soon as we approve your proposed activity. No Special Use Permit is valid until signed by the Superintendent or other authorized federal official. Please be advised that additional fees maybe assessed, depending upon the nature of the activity.