Special Use Permits
Special Park Uses are activities that take place within a national park outside typical and ordinary use. These events may include activities such as weddings, commercial filming and sales activities. Special Park Use activities may only take place with written authorization from the National Park Service in the form of a Special Use Permit, Commercial Filming Permit or a Commercial Use Authorization.
While many activities are appropriate for a national park, our regulations outline what types of activities are allowed. Criteria for permissible activities as well as answers to many questions about permits are available here: Download Special Park Uses FAQ (Check Back Later)
There are some special considerations that relate to weddings. Persons interested in hosting a wedding ceremony will find answers to the most common questions here: Download Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Wedding FAQ (Check Back Later)
We can accept a permits application at least three weeks but no more than six months prior to the proposed event. Your application must include a non-refundable payment for the costs of processing the application. This payment is $65.00 for simple activities and $200.00 for more complex events. Additional charges may also apply. Submitting an application does not guarantee the activity will be approved.
Download the simple activity form ($65.00) (Check Back Later)
Download the complex event form ($200.00) (Check Back Later)
If you are not sure your activity needs a permit or have other questions, please contact the Chief Ranger's Office at 219-395-1644.
POWERLESS FLIGHT/HANG-GLIDING/PARAGLIDING PERMIT
Due to ongoing dune restoration efforts, flight permits are suspended. New permits are not available and current permits are suspended. We will post updated information as conditions change.