The National Mall and Memorial Parks Division of Permits Management administers permitted activities for National Park units throughout the National Capital Region including the National Mall. Permits are required for:
Frequently Asked Questions
The National Mall and Memorial Parks Permits Division serves the following areas:
Note that some of these listed parks may directly issue certain permits. Please refer to the attached document link titled "How and where to apply for specific types of permits" to determine what office you should contact for your particular permit needs.
The application processing cost represents the average costs incurred by the park in mailing, distribution and initial review of applications to make sure the information supplied is sufficient to inform a decision. Payment of application cost may be in the form of check, money order or credit card.
Please note: Picnic Reservations will start at 9:30am Labor Day through Memorial Day to allow for footraces picnic reservations Questions may be directed to customer service at www.recreation.gov or at 1-877-444-6777 ().
Public Gathering Permit Applications (Special Events or Demonstration) (PDF)
Special Event Guidelines (PDF)
THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ACCEPTS SOFTBALL APPLICATIONS FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2016 TO MARCH 25, 2016. For more information please visit the National Mall Permit Site or call the Office of Permits Management at (202) 245-4715.
Contact the Permits Management Division
Hours of Operation:
The Permit Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
The Office is not open on Federal Holidays.
900 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 245-4715
(Please note we do not accept applications via email!)
Last updated: January 23, 2020