A Special Park Use is a short-term activity that takes place in a Park area and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large.

The National Park Service may permit a special park use providing the activity will not adversely impact the Park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established.

Primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage and to anticipated disruption of normal public use.


The following uses of Steamtown National Historic Site, among other uses, require that a Special Use Permit be obtained in advance. Some uses also require an application fee, reservations, and other fees, including the Park Entrance Fee. For further information and applicable forms on these uses, please click on the desired link. The application forms are in Adobe PDF format. To view and print the forms, you'll need Adobe Reader software.

Exercise of First Amendment Activities

Commercial Filming or Photography

For those intended uses of the park listed above, please download the permit application on the page which pertains to your intended use, complete the application, and send it with the application fee (if one is applicable for your particular use) to the Park per the instructions on the last page of the application.

If your intended use of the Park is not listed above, please contact us via email with details of your plans. These intended uses may include:

- Non-competitive sporting events
- Public spectator attractions
- Festivals
- Concerts
- Ceremonies
- Cultural programs

An application for a Special Use Permit must be submitted to the Park, and a non-refundable processing fee of $50.00 must also accompany the application in the form of a cashiers check or money order made payable to National Park Service. Please note that the form submitted is an application only and the fee is an application fee only; the form and/or the fee do not constitute a permit.

In compliance with the requirements of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, the applicant must submit their Social Security number (SSN) or Federal Tax ID number (TIN) when filling out the application for permit.

Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information on your application and all costs of that evaluation may be billed to the applicant whether a permit is issued or not. In the event a permit is issued, there may be additional charges and an applicant may be required to provide proof of liability insurance.

Last updated: December 6, 2016

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