A special use permit is required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the park or the public at large. These activities can include special events, *first amendment activities, commercial filming and photography.
Some venues require permits and oversight by the National Park Service. Other venues will require a permit from the City of Paterson's Department of Economic Development/Division of Cultural Community Affairs.
Call 973-523-0370 for inquiries or e-mail us at PAGRpermits for permit related information and applications.
*First Amendment Activities
We encourage citizens to exercise rights guaranteed by the Constitution. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect the public and park resources. Therefore, such First Amendment activities involving over 25 participants require special use permits and National Park Service staff may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples are:
- distribution and/or sale of printed matter
- religious services
- public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
- collecting signatures for petitions
As staffing permits, groups may be able to schedule a tour with park staff or volunteers. Please note that these tours will still be open to the public to join. To request a reservation request form, please contact us at (973)-523-0370. Groups may also schedule events/tours at the Paterson Museum by calling 973-523-2210 Monday-Friday or (973)-321-1260 Saturday and Sunday.