When Do I Need a Special Use Permit?
Special activities such as cultural programs, political rallies, picnics, wedding ceremonies, and film and photography projects may require a Special Use Permit.
A Special Use Permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large.These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources or operations. The park may permit a special park use providing the activity will not unduly interfere with normal park operations, cause damage to or distraction from park resources or values or present a threat to public safety or property.
Applying for a Permit
Completed applications must be mailed in hard copy form to the address found at the top of the first page of the application, along with a check or money order for the $75 fee made out to the National Park Service. There is currently no way to submit the application and fee electronically or to pay with a credit card.
Applicants will allow a minimum of two weeks from when their application is received by the park for a permit to be reviewed and issued. This time period may be extended if applications are not complete or additional information is needed.
Tour Reservation Information
Private guided tours (hiking, biking, and bus tours) are available through The Encampment Store. Reservations are required for private guided tours and are also strongly recommended for Trolley Tours. Reservations may be made by calling The Encampment Store at 610-624-5010.
Commercial Tour Registration for Large Groups
Registering your commercial tour group helps the park to know when you're coming and allows the tourism office to help you plan your visit and recommend area accommodations and other local resources. The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board is an official partner organization of Valley Forge National Historical Park.
The registration service is free, as is admission to all park facilities. Simply complete the on-line form managed by the park's tourism office partner Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, linked below; you will receive a registration confirmation within 48 business hours. Whenever possible, please try to give at least 30 days notice of your group's arrival.
General Road-based Commercial Tour Commercial Use Authorization Information
The NPS has a standardized road-based commercial tour commercial use authorization (CUA) requirement and fee agency-wide. The standard CUA process affects road-based commercial tour operations. Learn more here.
Last updated: October 31, 2022