Event/Commercial Permits

Outfitters/Guides

Outfitting:  Providing bought or rented equipment while on National Forest System lands or delivering bought or rented equipment to National Forest System Lands.  Equipment could include horses or other livestock, off-road vehicles, trailers, camping equipment, supply caches, etc. 

Guiding:  Providing commercial service or assistance to individuals or groups on National Forest System Lands.  This includes guiding a variety of recreational activities.

There are two types of outfitter and guide special use permits.  One is temporary (short-term, single trip) or priority (long-term, multi-year).

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Events

Recreation Events:  A recreational activity conducted on National Forest System lands for which an entry or participation fee is charged. 

Non-Commercial Group Uses:  Any use or activity that does not involve commercial use and has 75 or more people participating and or spectating.  Examples could include weddings, family reunions, youth camps (if outside of a developed campground), etc.

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Filming

Use of motion picture, videotaping, sound recording, or other moving image or audio recording equipment on National Forest System Lands that involves the advertisement of a product or service, the creation of a product for sale, or the use of models, actors, sets, or props, but not including activities associated with broadcasting breaking news.

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Photography

  Use of still photography equipment on National Forest System Lands that uses models, sets or props that are not a part of the site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities.  Additionally, use of still photography equipment on National Forest Lands that takes place at a location where members of the public generally are not allowed or where additional administrative costs are likely. 

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Other Uses: 

Other special uses such as linear rights of way (utility lines, water lines, etc.); communication such as radio, cellphone, microwave antennas, towers or buildings; varying facilities, research projects, etc. are handled separately.

Submit complete proposals to the following email address:  SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov

 

Outfitting and Guiding

Two types of permits

Temporary – allows outfitting and guiding for a particular trip that will occur once or only over one season. 

The following limitations apply:

  • Temporary use permits can be issued for a minimum of 50 service days and a maximum of 200 service days

    • Service days equal the number of clients x the days (or partial days) on the Dixie National Forest.  For example, if you guide and/or outfit 5 people for one day on the National Forest the number of service days you used is 5 (5 x 1). 

  • Temporary use permits can only be issued for a period of up to 6 months

  • Temporary use permits are billed upon a set fee of $150 per 50 service days unless certain gross revenue levels are exceeded.

  • Temporary use permits are issued at the discretion of the Dixie National Forest and are subject to environmental and administrative capacity limitations.

To apply for a temporary permit, complete proposal packages must be received between September 1 – November 15 to: SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov

Complete Proposal Packages Include:

Submit your application materials the following email address: SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov 

DO NOT upload google docs as part of the application, this file format cannot be opened.

Liability Insurance – Liability Insurance must cover the U.S. Government as additionally insured and be for a minimum liability of $1,000,000.00.  Liability insurance will not be required until after a determination is made to process your application.  Liability insurance must be provided before a permit can be issued. 

Priority – allows outfitting and guiding as a main or side business on a consistent basis over the course of more than one season. 

The following applies:

  • Priority use permits are billed based on 3% of Gross revenue generated from the authorized activity.Discounts for time not on National Forest System Lands are not calculated directly.Revenue for the whole trip (on or off National Forest System Lands) must be reported. An estimated fee must be paid before the start of your season and then reconciled after the season each year.

  • New priority use permits are probationary for the first 2 years.Upon satisfactory performance the Forest Service can choose to extend the permit for up to 8 additional years.

  • Priority use permits are issued at the discretion of the Dixie National Forest and are subject to environmental and administrative capacity limitations.

To apply for a priority permit, complete proposal packages must be received between September 1 - November 15 to be considered for the upcoming year.  Expect 4 months from the November 15 deadline for the review process.  There is not a guarantee that all proposals will be authorized.  The forest may have questions and need additional information.  All proposals will be analyzed by natural resource specialists and decision makers. 

Please send completed proposals to: SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov

DO NOT upload google docs as part of the application, this file format cannot be opened.

Complete Proposal Packages Includes: 

Submit a complete proposal package to the following email address: SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov

DO NOT upload google docs as part of the application, this file format cannot be opened.

Liability Insurance – Liability Insurance must cover the U.S. Government as additionally insured and be for a minimum liability of $1,000,000.00.  Liability insurance will not be required until after a determination is made to process your application.  Liability insurance must be provided before a permit can be issued. 

 

Events

Recreation Event - A recreational activity conducted on National Forest System lands for which an entry or participation fee is charged. 

The following applies:

  • Recreation Event permits are billed based on 3% or 5% (determined by the number of events you are holding) of gross revenue generated by the event. Discounts for time not on National Forest System Lands are not calculated directly. Revenue for the whole event (on or off National Forest System Lands) must be reported. An estimated fee must be paid before the event and then reconciled after the event.

  • Recreation Event permits are issued at the discretion of the Dixie National Forest and are subject to environmental and administrative capacity limitations.

To apply for a Recreation Event permit you must submit the following at least 90 days before your proposed operations.

  • Recreation Event Application (main application form, permit example and operating plan)

  • Map of the area that specifies the routes and locations being proposed for use

  • Business license if applicable

Submit your application materials the following email address:  SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov 

DO NOT upload google docs as part of the application, this file format cannot be opened.

Liability Insurance – Liability Insurance must cover the U.S. Government as additionally insured and cover the dates of your event.  Liability insurance will not be required until after a determination is made to process your application.  Liability insurance must be provided before a permit can be issued. 

Non-commercial Group Use - Any use or activity that does not involve commercial use and has 75 or more people participating and or spectating.  Examples could include weddings, family reunions, youth camps (if outside of a developed campground), etc. 

The following applies:

  • Non-commercial Group Use permits have no fee

  • Non-commercial Group Use permits are issued at the discretion of the Dixie National Forest and are subject to environmental and administrative capacity limitations.

To apply for a Non-commercial Group Use permit you must submit the following at least 30 days before the proposed use.

Submit complete proposals to the following email address:  SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov

DO NOT upload google docs as part of the application, this file format cannot be opened.

Filming 

Use of motion picture, videotaping, sound recording, or other moving image or audio recording equipment on National Forest System Lands that involves the advertisement of a product or service, the creation of a product for sale, or the use of models, actors, sets, or props, but not including activities associated with broadcasting breaking news. 

The following applies:

  • Filming permits are subject to processing and/or monitoring fees (Cost Recovery) as well as a land use fee.The land use fee is based upon number of people and number of days filming.

  • Filming permits are issued at the discretion of the Dixie National Forest and are subject to environmental and administrative capacity limitations.

To apply for a Filming permit you must submit the following at least 30 days prior to your proposed filming dates.

  • Filming request

  • Map of the area that specifies the routes and locations being proposed for use

  • Depending on the complexity of your proposal the Dixie National Forest may require you to submit an operating plan

Submit complete proposals to the following email address:  SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov

DO NOT upload google docs as part of the application, this file format cannot be opened.

Liability Insurance – Liability Insurance must cover the U.S. Government as additionally insured and cover the dates of your proposed filming.  Liability insurance will not be required until after a determination is made to process your application.  Liability insurance must be provided before a permit can be issued. 

 

Photography

Use of still photography equipment on National Forest System Lands that uses models, sets or props that are not a part of the site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities.  Additionally, use of still photography equipment on National Forest Lands that takes place at a location where members of the public generally are not allowed or where additional administrative costs are likely. 

The following applies:

  • Photography permits are subject to processing and/or monitoring fees (Cost Recovery) as well as a land use fee.The land use fee is based upon number of people and number of days photographing.

  • Photography permits are issued at the discretion of the Dixie National Forest and are subject to environmental and administrative capacity limitations.

To apply for a Photography permit you must submit the following at least 30 days prior to your proposed filming dates.

  • Photography request

  • Map of the area that specifies the routes and locations being proposed for use

  • Liability Insurance – Liability Insurance must cover the U.S. Government as additionally insured and cover the dates of your proposed use

  • Depending on the complexity of your proposal the Dixie National Forest may require you to submit an operating plan

Submit complete proposals to the following email address:  SM.FS.DNF_SUpermit@usda.gov

DO NOT upload google docs as part of the application, this file format cannot be opened.

Liability Insurance – Liability Insurance must cover the U.S. Government as additionally insured and cover the dates of your proposed use.  Liability insurance will not be required until after a determination is made to process your application.  Liability insurance must be provided before a permit can be issued.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/dixie/passes-permits/event-commercial