Special Use Permits
Special Use Authorizations
A special-use authorization is a legal document such as a permit, term permit, lease, or easement, which allows occupancy, use, rights, or privileges of NFS land. The authorization is granted for a specific use of the land for a specific period of time.
You will need an authorization:
If you will need to occupy, use, or build on NFS land for personal or business purposes, whether the duration is temporary or long term.
If there is a fee being charged or if income is derived from the use.
If an activity on NFS land involves individuals or organization with 75 or more participants or spectators.
As set forth in law, the mission of the Forest Service is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple–use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people. "Special Uses" provides services supporting our national policy and federal land laws by authorizing uses on National Forest System (NFS) land. Special uses may involve everything from outfitting & guide activities, ski resorts, lodging, and marinas to energy transmission and development, commercial filming, and much more.
Each year, the Forest Service receives thousands of individual and business applications for authorization for use of National Forest System (NFS) land and carefully reviews each application to determine how the request affects the public's use of NFS land.
Normally, NFS land is not made available if the overall needs of the individual or business can be met on nonfederal lands.
Commercial Filming and Photography on National Forests in California
Commercial filming and photography may take place on Forest Service public lands (National Forests). Like other commercial uses of National Forest System lands or resources, commercial filming and photography requires a Special Use Permit, which is issued by the District Ranger or Forest Supervisor [Authorized Officer] of the relevant forest.
Wind Testing and Development on National Forests in California
The Forest Service is nearing completion of wind energy directives to provide local officials guidance in making well-informed decisions in siting wind energy facilities on National Forest System (NFS) land. Proposed FS wind directives (draft policy) were published in the Federal Register in September 2007.