Special Use Permit: Recreation Events

Recreation events on national forest lands require a temporary special use permit for almost any kind of outdoor activity where participants exchange money or pay a fee to participate. Examples of recreation events include: Nordic ski races; sled dog races; snowmobile events and races; running/skiing endurance races; bike races; private club outings; archery competitions; commercial sports equipment try-outs; wagon trains, etc.

Where no money exchanges hands and more than 75 individuals are involved, the event is classified a non-commercial group use. A simple permit is available free-of-charge for such events. Examples of non-commercial group uses include weddings, family gatherings or political rallies.

Proposal Process and Forms: The Mt. Hood National Forest recreation events permitting process was developed to support and expedite recreation event evaluation and authorization in a timely manner while still protecting the nation’s natural and social resources. The process provides for an annual open season from September 1 to November 1 for all recreation events at Mt. Hood National Forest which are proposed to occur from January 1 through December 31 of the following year.

Submitted applications will be evaluated for compliance with recreation event standards. Proposals that are in compliance with standards are likely to be authorized, however that decision could be affected by funding and staffing levels.

Selection Criteria: All special use proposals must first be screened using criteria required in 36 CFR 251.54. Recreation event proposals that pass those criteria are then evaluated using additional forest level screening criteria. The applicant will be notified if the proposal does not meet screening criteria. 

Application Form & Requirements: