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:

  • Outdoor filming activities [outside of areas managed as wilderness] involving five persons or less and equipment that will be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold cameras.

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:

  • maintain public health and safety;

  • protect environmental or scenic values;

  • protect natural or cultural resources;

  • allow for equitable allocation and use of facilities; or

  • avoid conflict among visitor use activities.

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.

The NPS will consider requests and process permit applications in a timely manner. Processing times will vary depending on the complexity of the proposed activity. If the organizer provides the required 10 day advance notice to the NPS and has not received a written response from the NPS that a permit is required prior to the first day of production, the proposed filming activities may occur without a permit.

The following are prohibited:

  1. Engaging in a filming activity without providing advance notice to the Superintendent when required.

  2. Engaging in a filming activity without a permit if [the activity takes place in areas managed as wilderness or if the Superintendent has notified the organizer in writing that a permit is required.

  3. Violating a term and condition of a permit issued under this action. Violating a term or condition of a permit issued under to this action may also result in the suspension and revocation of the permit by the Superintendent.

Still Photography

A Still Photography Permit is required for any still photography done by photojournalists and other members of the media within the boundary of Stonewall National Monument.

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:

  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter

  • religious services

  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.

  • collecting signatures for petitions

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.

Application Process

To apply for a Permit, complete the form, and send it with a non-refundableapplication fee of $50 to:

Stonewall National Monument
National Park Service
Attention: Business Management Program
26 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005

Please make check or money order payable to the "National Park Service".

Note that this is only an application form. A permit form will be sent to if the National Park Service approves your proposed activity. No Special Use Permit is valid until signed by the Superintendent or other authorized federal official. Please be advised that additional fees maybe assessed, depending upon the nature of the activity.
Permit Application Instructions and Requirements
View and print the Safety Plan that must be submited with your application
Application for Special Use Permit
Application for Still Photography Permit

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

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26 Wall Street
Federal Hall National Monument c/o Stonewall National Monument

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