Special Use and Short Term Leasing Permits (2015) may be issued for certain events such as wedding ceremonies, held at the park. The Special Use and Leasing Policies outline the permitted uses and designated areas of the park where wedding ceremonies or other permitted events, may be held.
Individuals or organizations interested in applying for a special use permit may first call the park at (603) 675-2175, to discuss the possibility, dates and costs. If an applicant wishes to proceed, they must fill out an Application for a Special Use Permit and send to the park to the attention of the Chief of Visitor Services. Unless requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment right, applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable, $75 check made out to "The National Park Service."
If approved, a Special Use Permit will be sent to the applicant, along with a Hold Harmless Clause. Both must be signed and returned to the Chief of Visitor Services before the permit approval is final.
Some Permit limitations
Please remember that this is a museum and historic site and is not designed or intended for private parties, receptions, or recreational purposes unrelated to the park's mission. A large, indoor meeting space is also not available at the park.
With weddings, only ceremonies are permitted, not receptions. Ceremonies are permitted with a Short Term Lease permit in four specific locations in the historic core of the park after 5:00 PM. Fees as follows:
- The Formal Gardens (limited to 35 people) $850
- The Bowling Green (125 people) $950
- Lawn adjacent to the Birch Allee, (150 people) $1060
- Area by the Temple, (150 people) $1060
For commercial photography, both still and film, an application must be submitted in advance. You may use either the short (10-931) or long (10-932) form depending on the complexity of the project. Unless requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment right, applications must be submitted with a non-refundable, $50 check made out to "The National Park Service." Permit may require the payment of cost recovery charges, a location fee, and proof of liability insurance naming the United States as also insured.