Event/Commercial Permits

Bike race on forestPermits may be required for certain activities, such as large group gatherings, educational activities, film-making or outfitting and guiding services.

A special use permit is a legal document that allows occupancy, use, rights, or privileges of National Forest System lands. The authorization is granted for a specific use of the land for a specific period of time.

Activities that require a Special Use Permit include: 

Special Use Permit Questions and Answers

Please select from the following options to learn more.

When do I need an authorization?

How do I apply?

What form do I use to submit my proposal?

When can I submit my proposal?

How long does it take to get a proposal processed?

What specific criteria does the Forest Service use to evaluate a proposal for a Special Use Permit?

Our company has an existing permit that we have a proposed project for. Is the process the same?

What does an authorization or permit cost?

Do I need insurance?

I am looking at buying a business (i.e. resort, utility) that has a permit to operate on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. How would I get the permit for this use to continue under my business name?

Who can I contact to ask questions or vet a proposal idea?