Special Use Permits
A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for activities on park land, Coldwater Spring and nine river islands, that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large, and that require written authorization and some degree of management control in order to protect park resources and the public interest.
Examples include (but are not limited to) special events, organized runs, large gatherings, demonstrations, commercial photography and filming, weddings, ceremonies, scattering of ashes, First Amendment activities, and rights-of-way/easements.
Special Use Permits are granted for a specific period of time and location. Certain fees, bonding and insurance requirements may apply.
How to Apply
Permit applications may be submitted through mail, telephone, e-mail, or in person at park headquarters. A completed application and the non-refundable application fee of $65 are required before an application can be processed. We suggest contacting us prior to applying.
The National Park Service WILL NOT issue a permit if the proposed activity:
The authority for the National Park Service to recover and retain costs associated with managing special park uses is found at 16 U.S.C. 3a and 31 U.S.C. 9701. Charges established for a special park use under this authority are intended to recover costs associated with managing that activity and not to generate revenue beyond actual costs incurred. If any additional costs are incurred, the permittee will be billed at the conclusion of the permit.
Commercial Filming and Photography
It is the policy of the National Park Service to encourage production to the fullest extent possible consistent with the protection of park resources and ensuring the enjoyment of those resources by the visiting public. A Commercial Filming/Photography permit is required. There is an $100 non-refundable application fee, possible performance bond (depending on the extent of the activity), location fees based on the size of the production, and reimbursement of all park costs in monitoring and administering the permit during production.
In addition to Cost Recovery, commercial filming and photography are subject to a mandatory location fee. This fee is universal throughout the entire National Park Service.
Last updated: January 4, 2021