Special Park Use Permits
“The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.” - NPS Mission Statement
A special park use is defined as an activity that takes place in a park area and:
Hot Springs National Park receives requests from individuals and groups seeking to use the park for various private uses. The park has the authority and responsibility to evaluate applicant requests, permit, manage, and/or deny all special uses within the park. Therefore, before any permit will be granted, consideration will be given to potential park resource impacts, as well as impacts to visitor use, access to park sites, or park administration.
The National Park Service may permit a special park use if the proposed activity will not:
All permit activities must meet National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements and go through an environmental screening process.
Special Park Use guidelines state:
It is the policy of the NPS to charge permit fees for special uses. Permit fees should reflect the fair market value of a benefit provided the permittee. The fair market value of a special use is the value of the lands or facilities used and the NPS cost incurred in managing, facilitating, or supporting the use.
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Last updated: March 29, 2023