The National Park Service may require a special use permit for certain activities to occur in Yellowstone. These include organized gatherings like weddings or church services, public assemblies and demonstrations, special events, filming and some commercial activities like commercial travel or still photography. A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
Please note that while a special park use may meet the above criteria, not all activities are approved based on park specific resources, visitation and potential impact.
What Activities May Need a Permit
The following list includes but is not limited to what activities may need a permit; please contact us to inquire if your requested activity will require a Special Use Permit.
Film, Photography, and Sound Recording
A permit is required for commercial filming, photography, and audio recording.
Weddings and Other Ceremonies
Weddings and other ceremonies may be permitted in certain areas of Yellowstone depending on location, group size, and time of day or year.
First Amendment (FA)
Church services or demonstrations require a special use permit (non-fee).
How to Apply and Fees
Effective October 1, 2021, a $250 non-refundable application fee is required for your activity to be considered. Applications with payment form (if applicable) must be submitted at least 2-4 weeks in advance depending on the time of year. Complex uses or activities may need additional time, however, most applications will not be accepted more than one year before your event. Please review the following applications and determine which version suits your request. If you are unsure of which application to use, contact the permitting office.
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Last updated: August 17, 2023