Wedding Permits

Permits

Gatherings and commercial activities in national parks often require a special use permit. The purpose of these permits is to ensure the protection of the park's natural and cultural resources, as well as to minimize conflicts between park visitors and your guests.

This page is for you if you are interested in holding a wedding ceremony in the park. There are certain requirements that apply to all wedding permits. Read below for information on regulations, fees, and how to apply.

 

Regulations

  • We will evaluate use of folding chairs on a case by case basis.
  • You are responsible for site clean up.
  • You must restrict wedding activities to slick rock, dry washes, or maintained areas of the park.
  • You may not occupy more than half of a parking lot or pull-out. You must allow for free traffic flow for visitors.
  • Your event must comply with all other park regulations.

The following activities are prohibited:

  • Use of rice, birdseed, or any non-native plant seed.
  • Releasing butterflies, doves, or any other wildlife.
  • Conducting a wedding within any cultural resource site.
  • Establishing tents, caterers, sound systems, tables, etc.
  • Use of alcohol
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Amplified sound
 

Permit Fees

  • Non-refundable Application Fee - $55
    The non-refundable application fee must accompany each application. This fee is based on an average time it takes to provide initial contact and consultation with permittees and initial review of a standard application or project.
  • Administrative Fees - $130
    Once a request is approved, this fee covers the costs associated with issuing a standard permit. This fee includes, but is not limited to, the average time it takes for processing fees, permit development, consultations with the permittee, managerial consultations and billing. Administrative fees include a minimum two-hour monitoring charge. If additional monitoring is required, a charge of $50 per hour/per employee will be assessed.
 

How to Apply

Please complete Form 10-930s [229k PDF] and mail it (along with credit card information in the application, or a check or money order made out to National Park Service) to the address below.

Special Park Use Coordinator
Southeast Utah Group
2282 S. West Resource Blvd.
Moab, Utah 84532

We will handle applications in the order we receive them. We can process standard requests in 10 business days. Projects that need additional environmental compliance require a minimum of four weeks to process.

The Chief Ranger's Office issues special event permits by authority of the park superintendent.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Special Park Uses coordinator at (435) 719-2121 or via email.

Last updated: August 11, 2017

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