What is a Special Event?
Special events are activities such as weddings, memorial services, pageants, spectator attractions, entertainment, ceremonies, automobile/motorcycle club rallies, organized tours or rides, large group camps or rendezvous, which fall under the category of privileges. Special events differ from public assemblies and public meetings in that the latter activities are rights protected by the First Amendment. If the activity is an expression of First Amendment rights, and the group size is less than 25 people, a permit is not required.
Who Needs a Permit?The authority for the management of special events in a national park site can be found in Title 54, U.S. Code and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, 2.50.
2006 National Park Service Management Policies and Director's Order 53 Special Park Uses provide policy guidance for management of special event activities.
The following guidelines are established by the 2006 National Park Service Management Policies as they relate to special event activities within this unit of the National Park Service.
A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and that:
How Do I Apply for a Permit?
All applications will be handled in the order they are received. Standard requests are processed in 30 business days. Requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics, and coordination with other NPS divisions or visitor activities may require a longer process time. Permits for projects that need additional environmental compliance will also take a longer time to process.
The application fee is $100. Additional fees for monitoring or other cost recovery may be charged if the permit is approved.
Complete the appropriate form above with payment information and submit by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions or additional information, email us.
Special Use Permit Office
Commercial Filming and Still Photography
Planning to commercially film or take commercial photos in the park? Visit this page.
Weddings at Pictured Rocks
Want to have your wedding at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore? Be sure to read these regulations first!
Permits & Reservations
Permits for drive-in campgrounds, backcountry camping, commercial use authorizations, and more.
Last updated: May 11, 2023