Special Use Permits

Application for Special Use permit

This catch-all category covers permits that may be necessary for a variety of activities, such as organizing a large wedding in the park, organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included:

A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that

  1. provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large;
  2. requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  3. is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  4. is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

Examples include: weddings, other ceremonies, or public assemblies, etc.
Examples of a First-Amendment Activity include: a church service, political event, or Freedom-of-Speech act.

For more information regarding Special Use Permits or to determine if your activity requires one, please call the Chief Ranger at (231) 326-4740.

Applications for permits should be submitted well in advance, preferably 2-3 months before event, for consideration and processing.

Last updated: March 17, 2017

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