Special Use Permits


What is a Special Use Permit?

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

  • 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 NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;

  • Is not prohibited by law or regulation; and

  • Is neither initiated, sponsored, nor conducted by the NPS.

Example of activities requiring a Special Use Permit within Padre Island National Seashore include weddings, memorial services, commercial filming and/or photography, special assemblies, First Amendment Activities, and athletic events.


Activities that Require a Special Use Permit



How to Apply

Download and complete the special use permit application form. Send your completed application, any associated documentation, and the $125 non-refundable application fee via check or money order to the seashore’s Special Use Permit Coordinator.

Special Use Permit Application (Long Form) [PDF 802 KB]

All applications must be postmarked 10 business days or greater prior to the start date of the proposed activity to be conducted in the seashore. The non-refundable application fee may be paid by check or money order payable to "National Park Service."

Applications are handled in the order they are received. Priority will not be given to urgent requests, nor will the park reply by express mail. Requests which involve multiple locations, complex logistics, environmental compliance, or coordination with multiple NPS divisions or visitor activities will require a minimum of 10 business days to process.

Requests for permits are evaluated based on the information in the application. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to attach maps, description of activity, check in points, what support will be provided, etc. to assist the park staff in evaluating your request.


Contact Us

Contact us for questions or more information about Special Use Permits in the seashore or send completed applications to the addresses below.


(361) 949-1609

Special Use Permit Coordinator
Padre Island National Seashore
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480


Commercial Use Authorization

Padre Island National Seashore's Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program authorizes the provision of suitable commercial services such as fishing guides, windsurfing and paddle sport livery services, guided tours and workshops to park area visitors. Information on how to apply for a CUA permit for your commercial services can be found on our Commercial Use Authorization page.

Last updated: March 8, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480


(361) 949-8068
Malaquite Visitor Center information line.

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