Special Park Uses

A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and:

  • Provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large;
  • Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  • Is not prohibited by law or regulation; and
  • Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the National Park Service.
Common visitor activities, such as touring, personal picture taking, home videos, and walking are considered normal use and do not require a permit.
Some activities are not appropriate uses for the site, whether by law, regulation, or policy.
For more information, please contact the Special Park Use Coordinator Mike Autenrieth or (845) 229-7770 before you apply or to request an application.
NPS Form 10-930 Application for Special Use Permit.

The application charge for a special park use permit is $80.00. Additionally, other cost recovery charges may apply for monitoring, clean-up, or damages incurred. Proof of liability insurance is usually required, and a performance bond may apply if the use has the potential to incur large charges.
All permits must be signed and all permit conditions must be agreed to by both applicant and the park superintendent before a permit is valid and use of the site is authorized.
If your would like to use one of the historic sites, and are not sure if your use is appropriate or if it requires a permit, please refer to the other special park pages on this site, or call the special park use coordinator Mike Autenrieth at (845) 229-7770.
Please submit your application so that the park may receive it at least 14 business days prior to your event.

Last updated: April 7, 2019

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