Cost Recovery Charges
The NPS will charge a fee and recover costs for special park use permits except where fees are prohibited by law or Executive Order. There are no fees when the proposed use is protected by the First Amendment or involves another right. All fees are required to be paid online. Payment instructions will be provided by email upon application submission.
Application Processing Fee
The minimum application processing fee is $100.00. This fee is non-refundable and covers the cost of processing the application. Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pay this fee. The payment of the application fee does not guarantee the approval or issuance of a permit.
For more complex applications, including those that require additional environmental compliance screening, additional charges will be billed to the applicant based on the costs incurred by the park. Applicants will be notified of estimated additional application processing charges so they may decide if they wish to continue to move forward with the permit request.
Administrative Cost Recovery
These costs are those incurred by the park for administering the permit including but not limited to personnel costs, materials and supplies, vehicles and equipment, trash pickup, site inspection post-event and provision of the internal communication necessary to facilitate the permit (excludes monitoring, see below for monitoring charges).
Standard wedding permits for events occurring on Arlington Lawn, Whittington Park, Hot Springs Mountain Pagoda, and West Mountain Overlook, within the established timeframes and limits, have a minimum administrative cost recovery of $150 payable upon permit approval.
All other special use permit’s administrative cost recovery, including non-standard wedding permits, will be determined by the costs incurred by the park. Applicants will be provided an estimate of the costs.
Location Fee: Still Photography
General Special Use Permits
Special events are activities, such as organized group events, rallies, walks, runs, and other events. Learn more here.
Last updated: February 4, 2021