Special Use Permits
Any organized event (such as, but not limited to: Baptisms, Weddings, Organized Group Activities for groups of 25+ participants) requires a Special Use Permit. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 must accompany this application (unless the requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment right) 10 business day prior to the event. You must allow sufficient time for the park to process your request; check with the park for guidelines. You will be notified of the status of the application and the necessary steps to secure your final permit.
All commercial filming activities taking place within a unit of the National Park system require a permit. Commercial filming means the film, electronic, magnetic, digital, or other recording of a moving image by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience with the intent of generating income.
You should submit a completed Filming/Photography Application along with the $250 application fee 14 business days prior to your planned date. In addition, you should request a meeting with park staff if your proposed activity is unusual or complex. Early consultation with park staff will help them process the application in a timely manner once it is submitted.
Commercial Use Permits
Commercial Use Permits allows and individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor service within a natinoal park unit. Depending on the park, this can include guided rock climbing, bike tours, kayak trips, photography workshops, fishing trips,and much more.
Federal law mandates the NPS issue Commercial Use Permits only for commercial activites and visitor services that:
are determined to be an appropriate use of the park
will have minimal impact on the park resources and values, and
are consistent with the park purpose, management plan, policies, and regulations.
You should submit your Commercial Use Permit Application and non-refundable application fee (cost determined by the park) 14 buisiness days prior to the event - in some cases, the park may require more time. Your permit may require the payment of cost recovery charges and proof of liability insurance naming the United States of America an additional insured. All permit applications are subject to approval.
Why are there fees?
The National Park Service is authorized to collect two fees: cost recovery and a location fee. Cost recovery includes an application fee which must be submitted with your application as well as a charge to cover the costs incurred by the National Park Service in processing your request and monitoring your permit.
In addition, the National Park Service has been directed by Congress to collect a fee to provide a fair return to the United States for the use of park lands.
Are there other permit requirements?
You will be required to obtain liability insurance (Commercial Use only) naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.