Groups and individuals can use Salem Maritime National Historic Site for special events, commercial activities and photography through a Special Use Permit (SUP). A SUP authorizes activities that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. These activities require written authorization and management oversight in order to protect park resources and the public interest.
Activities requiring a SUP include, but are not limited to: weddings, commercial filming and/or photography, First Amendment activities, athletic and other public/private special events.
Any commercial, non-profit or other formal filming or photography in the park requires an Application for Filming Permit. The completed form must be mailed to the attention of "Mike Parr/SUP" at the contact address below. News media are exempt from this permit but are asked to contact the park when conducting filming on the premise.
Please note that there have been recent changes regarding commericial filming. The information can be found at the National Park Service's Filming and Photography page.
Unless the requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment rights, applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable, $50 check made out to "The National Park Service." Non-profits, charities, community organizations, etc. are not exempt from $50 application fee.
Applications for Special Use Permits must be received by the park no less than two weeks prior to your proposed event date. The only exception to this is for First Amendment activities.
Last updated: April 21, 2021