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. Many of the events that require permits also require some degree of oversight from National Park Service staff. Some examples of special events that require permits are:

Commercial Filming/Photography
A permit is required for any filming or photography done by photojournalists and other members of the media inside the Theodore Roosevelt Home. Also, with the proper permit, wedding photography and filming may be done in any outside area of Sagamore Hill, but not inside buildings. The front porch of President Roosevelt's home is a popular location for wedding photos, but wedding ceremonies are not permitted.

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 activities 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

Use of the Parking Area Our neighbors are welcome to request the after-hours (after 5pm) use of our parking area for parking guests during events at their nearby residences. The parking area is, however, only to be used for parking, and is not to be used as an event location.

Application Process
To apply for a Special Use Permit, download an application form, fill it out, and send it with the non-refundable application fee of $50 to:

Attn: Chief of Visitor Services

Sagamore Hill NHS
20 Sagamore Hill Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Please make check or money order payable to the "National Park Service." Also, note that is an application form only. A permit form will be sent to you as soon as we receive your application. No Special Use Permit is valid until signed by the Superintendent or other authorized federal official.

Last updated: October 2, 2014

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