Special Use Permits

Certain types of activities require a special use permit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included.

It is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to allow special uses that are not in conflict with law or policy; will not result in derogation of the values and purposes for which the park was established; do not present a threat to public safety or property and do not unduly interfere with normal park operations, resource protection, or visitor use.

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. There are cost recovery fees associated with the administration and management of special use permits for costs incurred by the park. Special park use guidelines state that “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.”

A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:

  • Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
  • Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  • Is not prohibited by law or regulation; Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and Is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

The Permit Process

Download and return specific permit application, along with appropriate non-refundable fee, when required.Please allow a fourteen day minimum for consideration of your permit request; first amendment requests allow two business days. The permit coordinator will work with you to create the permit. Read all conditions, guidelines and restrictions.

For additional information, call 605-433-5230 or email us.

Application for Special Use Permits

For your request to be considered, please print and comple one of the forms below and mail or fax it to the park along with the appropriate application fee. Other potential charges include, but are not limited to monitoring by Rangers, clean-up and site restoration, and recovery of administrative costs. You may also be required to post a performance bond.

Please include detailed information in the application about the proposed event to help speed the processing of your request. All applications, except for First Amendment activities, require one hundred dollar ($100.00), non-refundable fee that does not guarantee permit approval.

Please allow a fourteen day minimum for consideration of your permit request; first amendment requests allow two business days. The permit application fee and other charges can be paid by check or through e-bill (Debit or credit card, Bank account (ACH), Amazon account, or PayPal account).

10-930s Revised Application for Special Use Permit (Short Form)
10-930 Revised Application for Special Use Permit

Mail completed applications to:

Special Use Permits Coordinator
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
24545 Cottonwood Road
Philip, SD 57567

Last updated: August 24, 2022

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24545 Cottonwood Road
Philip, SD 57567


605 433-5552

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