Passes & Permits

Special Use Permits - TEMPORARY COMMERCIAL EVENTS

Mount Shasta has become a growing spiritual destination and the Cities of Mt. Shasta, Weed and McCloud are hosting a growing number of spiritual workshops, retreats and conferences. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest along the Everitt Memorial Highway and other local easy access spots such as Castle Lake and the McCloud Falls have been of great interest for hosting field trip components from these workshops. These field trips include meditation sessions, yoga or spiritual events for a few hours then the groups go back to town. These tours are considered commercial and therefore require a permit.

Commercial Outfitting and Guiding is a use that occurs on National Forest System lands where:

  1. Where an entry or participation fee is charged, or
  2. Where the primary purpose is the sale of a good or service and, in either case, regardless of whether the use or activity is intended to produce a profit (36 CFR 251.51).

Definitions

  • Guiding - Providing services or assistance (such as supervision, protection, education, training, packing, touring, subsistence, transporting people, or interpretation) for pecuniary remuneration or other gains to individuals or groups on National Forest System lands.  The term "guide" includes the holder's employees and agents.
  • Outfitting - Renting on or delivering to National Forest System lands for pecuniary remuneration or other gain any saddle or pack animal, vehicle, boat, camping gear, or similar supplies or equipment.  The term "outfitter" includes the holder's employees and agents.

Commercial Temporary Special Use Permits WILL NOT be authorized for the following locations:

  • Panther Meadows (this area is sensitive meadow ecosystem that can be easily damaged as well as a culturally sensitive location to our local tribes) 
  • Heart Lake (the route to this location trespasses on private land and is in Castle Crags Wilderness where the temporary commercial event opportunities can be met in other locations outside of wilderness in order to uphold the wilderness characteristics of solitude)
  • South Gate Meadows (this area is a sensitive meadow ecosystem that can be easily damaged and currently has trail restoration needs due to high traffic and unauthorized user created trails. This area is also in the Mt. Shasta Wilderness where temporary commercial event opportunities can be met in other locations outside of wilderness in order to uphold the wilderness characteristics of solitude)
  • Mt. Shasta Wilderness (The temporary commercial event opportunities can be met in other locations outside of wilderness in order to uphold the wilderness characteristics of solitude)
  • Castle Crags Wilderness (The temporary commercial event opportunities can be met in other locations outside of wilderness in order to uphold the wilderness characteristics of solitude)

Locations that are recommended for Commercial Temporary Special Use Permits:

  • Old Ski Bowl (no overnight use authorized)
  • Bunny Flat
  • Red Fir Flat Day Use Area (only for groups less than 15 people)
  • Sand Flat
  • Castle Lake (only for groups less than 15 people)
  • McCloud Falls (only for groups less than 25 people)

Requirements for a Temporary Commercial Event Permit

Application:  Please make note that the application is a generic application for most of our permit requests. Many of the required information is non/applicable. Make sure to fill out only sections 1-7 and include the following information in section 7:

  • Dates of event
  • Locations you plan/wish to go to on the National Forest
  • Anticipated number of paying clients attending the event 
  • Activities that will occur
  • If you are providing transportation or not  

Download Application

Question 2 of Application

Operating Plan

 

Insurance: minimum insurance requirement $300,000 if you are not providing transportation and $500,000 if you are providing transportation

The Insurance Policy must also meet all the following conditions:

  1. They name the U.S. Government as additional insured.

Below is the appropriate address for the additionally insured documentation:

     US Government
     c/o Shasta-Trinity National Forest
     204 West Alma Street
     Mount Shasta, CA 96067
     Attn: Jennifer Womack
 
  1. They meet the minimum coverage requirements for the authorized activities shown in above or as required by state law or regulation.
  2. They include an appropriate 30-day notification clause in case of cancellation or amendment of coverage.  When premiums are paid in full prior to use, 10-day notification of cancellation for non-payment of premiums is acceptable.
  3. The exclusions (if any) listed on the Certificate of Insurance do not include any of the activities/operations authorized by the permit.
  4. Some insurance policies stipulate that coverage for legal defense costs and supplementary payments is limited, and any payment of legal defense costs or supplementary payments reduces the limits of remaining coverage.  When holders' activities are covered by policies containing this stipulation, authorized officers shall require the holder to have liability coverage greater than the minimum shown in preceding direction.  For example, if the required minimum shown is $300,000, and the policy has the legal defense cost stipulation, the authorized officer shall require $500,000 coverage.  If the minimum shown is $500,000, the authorized officer shall require $1,000,000 coverage.

Fees: Flat Fee for Temporary Commercial Event Permits

Businesses will be required to pay in advance for anticipated service days, this payment is non-refundable. There is a maximum service day limit of 200 service days per permit. You will request your service days in your application in section 7. A service day is the amount of paying people you have attending the event multiplied by the number of days you will be on the National Forest.

Flat fees for anticipated service days
Number of Service Days Flat Fee Maximum Gross Revenue for Each Bracket of Service Days
1 to 50 $150 $10,000
51 to 100 $300 $20,000
101 to 150 $450 $30,000
151 to 200 $600 $40,000
 

Advertising:  

You are not authorized to advertise until you have applied for and received your special use permit.  Once you have received your permit you are required to put the following information on your website and brochures:

“This institution is operated under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and operates on a non-discriminatory basis.”

How to Submit Your Application

Fully completed applications must be submitted via email or at the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station at the following addresses:

Email applications to:   jennifer.womack@usda.gov

Deliver or mail applications to:
 
Mt. Shasta Ranger Station
204 West Alma Street
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Attn: Jennifer Womack

Contact

For questions and or assistance in completing the Application please contact:

Jennifer Womack
Mount Shasta Ranger Station
204 West Alma
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

jennifer.womack@usda.gov
(530) 926-4511 (main office)
(530) 926-9616 (direct phone line)
711 (TTY)


[General Information]

[Commercial Filming & Photography] [Noncommercial Group Use Events]

[Recreation Events] [Outfitting & Guiding] [Non-Guided Bus Groups/Tours]

[Temporary Commercial Events] [Recreation Residences]

[Recreation Occupancy Vehicles (Private Houseboats)]





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