Special Use and Event Permits

A Special Use Authorization is a permit, easement or lease that grants rights or privileges of occupancy and use subject to specified terms and conditions on National Forest land:

Special use permits are required for facilities, services and events on the forest.  Gatherings with more than 74 people and are non-commercial in nature must also be permitted.

Special uses include recreation residence (summer homes), recreation events, noncommercial group use, outfitter guides, utility lines, communication facilities and many other land uses.   A Special Use Authorization is a permit, term permit, temporary permit, lease, or easement or other written instrument that grants rights or privileges of occupancy and use subject to specified terms and conditions on National Forest land.

Click on either Recreation or Lands categories below to get more information on how to get a permit for the type of use you're looking for or click on the Frequently Asked Questions tab for assistance.

Obtaining a Special-Use Authorization with the Forest Service.

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Recreation Special Use Permits

Lands Special Use Permits

Special Use Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Lands Special Uses

 

  • Right of ways
  • Filming
  • Communication towers
  • Agricultural
  • Water systems
  • Storage yards
  • Service buildings
  • Research
  • Hydroelectric

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Recreation Special Uses

 

  • Non-commercial group use
  • Ski Area
  • Outfitters/Guides
  • Recreation events
  • Concession operated campgrounds




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