First Amendment Activities

First Amendment Activities Explained

Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. The necessity of a permit to conduct First Amendment activities is determined by the group size.

A small group is defined as 25 people or less. A small group is not required to obtain a First Amendment Permit if they are located within a park designated First Amendment site and have no more than leaflets, booklets, and/or hand-held signs. A permit is required for any small group that:

  • wants to hold a demonstration or distribute and/or sell printed matter somewhere outside a designated First Amendment area.
  • wants to use equipment (i.e., tables, banners, platforms, etc.) even if it is within a designated area.
  • is merely an extension of another group already availing itself of the 25 person maximum.
  • wants to guarantee they will have priority for the use of a location, including the designated First Amendment areas.

A large group is defined as more than 25 people and is required to obtain a First Amendment Permit even if they are utilizing a park designated First Amendment site.

Some examples of special events that fall under First Amendment Rules:

  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • religious services
  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
 

How to Apply

There are no permit fees associated with First Amendment permits. Simply fill out the application form and mail it to the address below.

To obtain an application or for more information, contact the Special Use Permits Coordinator at 928-526-0502 ext 222 or the Chief Ranger at 928-526-3367 ext 223.

Please send completed applications to:

ATTN: Special Use Permits Coordinator
Flagstaff Area National Monuments
6400 N. U.S. Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and mailed to you for signature. Upon receipt, you will need to review, sign and return the permit to our office for final approval. After the permit is approved we will send you an authorized copy. The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of your wedding or event.

M
ost applications require a minimum of 14 days to fully process.

Last updated: January 11, 2018

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