Special Use Permits

Ranger kneeling by wreaths.
Wreath laying is one of the most common permits issued at Flight 93 National Memorial.

NPS Photo C. Cutright


The Special Use Permit authorizes activities that benefit an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large, and that require authorization and management control in order to protect park resources and the public interest.

Examples include ceremonies, commercial still photography, or special assemblies which require a special use permit to be acquired in advance.

Permits are written authorization to conduct an activity on land administered by the National Park Service with conditions for using the memorial that take into consideration safety, resource protection, and normal park visitation.
Permits provides a way to ensure events occur safely, multiple events can be held concurrently, and visitors that come can still enjoy the Memorial. Permitting also allows the National Park Service to accommodate interest in these events while ensuring the grounds and memorial are maintained in a condition that reflects their importance to the nation and does not present future users with a degraded experience. Permitted use of an area is given on a strict first come, first serve basis to ensure a fair application process.
Permits are generally required by regulation for activities that are organized, not considered part of the regular visitation or intended use of a site, or need to be regulated for any number of reasons. View the list below of the most common types of activities on at Flight 93 National Memorial that typically require a permit and which type of permit is required.

Unmanned Aircraft

The use of drones is prohibited at Flight 93 National Memorial and all National Parks. Detailed information about the policy is available here.

NPS Article about 'unmanned aircraft.'

Types of Permit Activities


Last updated: November 19, 2021

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