A Special Use Permit is required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the park or the public at large. Many of the events that require permits also require some degree of oversight from National Park Service staff.
Changes to Commercial Filming Permit on Park Land
The following types of filming activities may occur in areas open to the public without a permit and without advance notice to the NPS:
The organizer of any other type of filming activity must provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 10 days prior to the start of the proposed activity. Based upon the information provided, the Superintendent may require the organizer to apply for and obtain a permit if necessary to:
If the Superintendent determines that the terms and conditions of a permit could not mitigate the concerns identified above in an acceptable manner, the Superintendent may deny a filming request without issuing a permit. The Superintendent will provide the basis for denial in writing upon request.
First Amendment Activities
We encourage citizens to exercise rights guaranteed by the Constitution. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect the public and park resources. Therefore, such First Amendment activities involving more than 25 participants require special use permits and National Park Service staff may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted.
Some examples are:
The Stonewall National Monument “First Amendment Rights Area" is located at the eastern most end of Christopher Park, where Grove Street and Christopher Street meet. No more than 25 participants will be permitted at a time.
To apply for a Permit, complete the form, and send it with a non-refundableapplication fee of $50 to:
Please make check or money order payable to the "National Park Service".
School Group Reservations
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, maximum group size is 20 persons. Please call (646) 761-0656 to speak with a ranger to confirm a group tour reservation. A two-week advance notice is necessary. Reservations must be made directly by phone or e-mail. Voice mail messages will not be accepted to reserve a tour. Reservations must be confirmed by a ranger via phone or e-mail to be valid.
Last updated: April 16, 2021