USFWS Permits

NParula - CSlavens - Promo Large

Special Use Permit


Certain refuge activities including, but not limited to, scientific research, commercial photography, hunting guides, fishing guides, birding tours, ceremonies, instructor-led groups, and all commercial activities require a Special Use Permit (SUP). An SUP must be secured before any special use activity commences on the refuge.

To apply for an SUP, please use the correct form below. Please submit filled SUP applications by email. Plan ahead and allow for 30 working days to process the permit.

Commercial Activities
For commercial activities such as guided tours, commercial filming (audio, video, and photographic products of a monetary value). Download Special Use Permit Application here.

Research and Monitoring Activities
For research and monitoring activities by students, universities, or other non-FWS organizations. Download Special Use Permit Application here.

General Activities
For any activity not mentioned above. Download Special Use Permit Application here.

Ceremonies
View Special Conditions and download the Special Use Permit Application here.

Instructor-led Small Group Activities
View Special Conditions and download the Special Use Permit Application here.

Horseback Riding for Groups of Five or More Horses
View Special Conditions and download the Special Use Permit Application here.

Hunting Permits
For hunting related information and permits, please visit our Hunting page to learn more.

Entrance Passes
A variety of passes cover the entrance fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including national wildlife refuges. Please visit the Hours and Entrance Fees to learn more.