A special use permit is required by 36 CFR Section 2.50 for activities providing a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than to the public at large. These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is:
The National Park Service may permit a special park use if the proposed activity will not:
Special Use Permits must be obtained in advance. It takes a minimum of two weeks to process an application and issue a permit. Depending on the time of the year, it could take longer. Applicants must plan accordingly. A fee may or may not be charged depending on the activity. Permit fees are non-refundable and include the cost of permit processing and monitoring of the event. If resources are damaged or trash is left, additional fees will be charged.
How to Apply
Step 1: Determine if your activity needs a permit.
Below is short list of example special events and activities which would require a Special Event Permit from the Superintendent. It is not a complete list. Please contact the Permit Office, 715-483-2244, to determine if your potential event will need a permit.
Step 2 – Fill out the Special Use Permit application (Form 10-930 long form).
Make sure to provide an original signature, and either mail in the original document or scan and email it to the Special Use Permit Coordinator. Unsigned documents will be returned to the requesting party, and may delay the processing time needed to issue a final permit. Have questions? Please contact the Special Use Permit Coordinator.
Step 3 – Pay the application and/or additional fees online (if applicable).
St Croix NSR uses Pay.gov to process payments. Doing so, reduces internal procedural work that increases the costs of the program to the public. Follow the steps below only if the Special Use Permit Coordinator contacts you, and instructs you to pay an Application Fee, Location Fee, or other required fees. No paper checks, cash, or other methods of payment will be accepted, but EFTs, credit card, AmazonSmile, etc are acceptable forms of payment on Pay.gov.
Step 4 – Provide the necessary insurance information (if applicable).
Not all parties will be required to provide proof of insurance. The SUP Coordinator will determine whether insurance is required, and then itemize the type and volume necessary. The requestor must ensure the “United States of America” is listed as an Additionally Insured Party on the insurance. Additionally, the requestor must provide proof of insurance before a draft Special Use Permit will be sent to the requesting party.
Step 5 – Review the draft Special Use Permit.
If no changes are needed, sign and date, and return the Permit with the original signature to the SUP Coordinator. Your permit is not finalized until it is signed by the Superintendent, and sent back to your attention.
Last updated: January 5, 2022