Permits & Reservations

Special Use Permits for Activities in Waco Mammoth National Monument

Filming, Photography, and Special Use Permits

A special use permit is a short-term activity that takes place within park boundaries and meets the following criteria:
  • Provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large.
  • Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest.
  • Is not prohibited by law or regulation.
  • Is neither initiated, sponsored, nor conducted by the NPS.
Permits will not be approved if the proposed activity does the following:
  • Conflict with law or policy.
  • Results in derogation of the values and purposes of the park.
  • Results in a threat to public safety or property.
  • Interferes with normal park operations, programs, special events, visitor use, or resource protection.
Requesting a Special Use Permit For Filming and Photography

In order for the special use permit process to be completed in a timely manner, the following process should be followed:
  • Special use permits such as filming and photography must be proposed and scheduled at least four weeks in advance.
  • Permitee should use form 10-930 Special Park Use or 10-932 commercial filming and still photography application. Please use the application to answer all questions as accurately and completely as possible. This will assist the park in determining the appropriateness of the planned activity and help estimate NPS costs that may be incurred in managing, facilitating, or supporting the permit.
  • The park's special use permit coordinator and superintendent will evaluate, manage, and approve or deny each request that is made by the permitee.
  • The permitee should be prepared to provide the following:
    • A $100.00 administration fee for processing the application.
    • If required by the park, general liability insurance at a minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate, listing The United States of America, Department of Interior as "additional-insured" or "certificate holder" on the Certificate of Liability Insurance should be provided by the permitee.
    • Permitee can request a site-visit with the park's special use permit coordinator and/or view the park's site map.
    • If a permit is approved, the permitee will sign form 10-114 Special Park Use approval form.
    • Cost recovery fees will be dependent on the monitor (staff present during permit) and duration of permit. Cost recovery will be collected by the park after the permit is completed.
  • Permit Guidelines
    • For the best permitting experience, the park advises that permit activities start at 9:00 AM.
    • Permitee should be on-time during the day of the permit.
    • Permitee must follow all conditions of the permit. Each permitee will be provided with conditions that align the requested permit activity.
    • Interviews with a Ranger must be requested by the permitee and approved by the park.
    • Permitee must provide a detailed script of questions to the park, prior to the interview.
    • Rangers will not sign releases before, during, or after the permit process.
    • Permitee should not bring any additional talent or audio visual equipment that was not cleared by the park in the signed permit.
    • Permits will remain in the allowed time frame that was agreed upon by permitee and park. Extra time will not be granted during the activity.
    • Permitee will ensure that the area of the activity is returned back to its original integrity.
  • Contact Information
    • Email or call the Special Use Permit coordinator at 254-299-2664 for permit inquires.
    • An individual check or money order must be used for administration and cost recovery fees (one for administration and one for cost recovery fees) to the following address:
Special Use Permit Coordinator
Waco Mammoth National Monument
6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive
Waco, TX 76708

Last updated: March 4, 2021

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Waco, TX 76708


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