Special Use Permits

Red helicopter sitting on mountain top with gear from crew scattered on the ground.

Commercial activities or facilities in a national forest are called special uses and require a permit from the Forest Service.  An activity is defined as commercial if the permit holder intends to charge an entry or participation fee, or its primary purpose is the sale of a good or service, regardless if it’s intended to produce a profit.  Typical special use activities include outfitting and guiding, commercial filming, communication sites, roads or utility lines, ski areas and large gatherings.


National Special Use Permits - General information about and how to apply for Special Use Permits.

Chugach Special Use Permits - Chugach specific information on Special Use and Special Recreation Use applications and deadlines.