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National Park Service withdraws proposal to revise First Amendment and special event permit regulations in Washington, D.C.

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Date: October 28, 2019
Contact: Mike Litterst, 2023064166

WASHINGTON – In response to more than 140,000 comments received from the public and stakeholders, the National Park Service (NPS) today announced it is withdrawing its August 2018 proposal to revise the First Amendment and Special Use Permit regulations for the National Mall, President’s Park and other national parks in the Washington, D.C. area.

The National Mall and President’s Park are regarded as premier civic and symbolic spaces in our nation, and the volume and complexity of permit requests has increased dramatically over the years. The intent of the proposed revisions was to maintain the public’s opportunity to hold special events and right to demonstrate while outlining clear parameters that protect the iconic landmarks, views and grounds for use and enjoyment of citizens and visitors from around the globe.

After reviewing public comments on the proposed revisions, the NPS has determined that the regulations, which are found in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 7.96, will remain unchanged, and demonstrations and special events will continue to be managed according to the existing regulations.

The decision to withdraw the proposal to revise the regulations will publish in the Federal Register on October 29, 2019. Additional information about the proposed rulemaking process can be found at


Last updated: October 28, 2019

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