Permits & Reservations
There are 14 campgrounds in the parks. Some are first-come, first-served, and some require reservations. Visit our Campgrounds page for details.
Permits, Licenses, & Tickets for Park Activities
Certain activities require permits because they may impact the park resources or affect the experience of other visitors. Permits are a tool used by the National Park Service to ensure oversight of certain activities and, in some instances, to recoup the costs of oversight.
The four types of activities listed below require either a permit, license or tickets.
Special Use Permits
A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
Applications for permits should be submitted well in advance, preferably 2-3 months before the event, for consideration and processing.
Special Permit Applications and Guidelines
Demonstrations (also referred to as First Amendment Permits)
Demonstration/First Amendment Location Maps
Commercial Use Authorizations
What types of activities are authorized in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks under a CUA?
View the list of commercial use authorization holders for 2016 for information about commercial tours and services in these parks. The National Park Service does not endorse any particular business.
Permit applications should be submitted in advance, preferably two months before an event, for consideration and processing.
Filming and Photography Permits
We require your completed application at least five weeks (25 business days) in advance of your filming and/or photography date(s) to determine if a potential permit is possible. Additional time may be required for compliance or when staffing is not available.
For alternative filming and photography locations visit the following websites:
Scientific Research & Collection Permits