Special Use Permits (SUPs) are issued for short-term activities such as weddings, ceremonies, first amendment activities, family reunions, organized special events, etc that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large. These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is a potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources.
Examples include ash scattering, family reunions, church services, first-amendment demonstrations, political events, public assemblies, and weddings and other ceremonies.
For more information about special use permits or to determine if your activity requires one, please call (559) 565-4235 or e-mail us with the subject line "Attn: Special Use Permits." Applications for permits should be submitted well in advance, preferably two-to-three months before the event, for consideration and processing.
Special Use Permit Applications and Guidelines
Scattering cremated human remains ("cremains") in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks should be a small private activity, held away from high-visitor-use areas. A permit is not required, but all park regulations must be followed as outlined in the attachment.