Special Use Permits

The National Wildlife Refuge System has three different Special Use Permit (SUP) Application forms to enable the public to engage in activities on a national wildlife refuge.  These forms are available here in a fillable format. It is possible for prospective permit holders to fill out the pertinent application, print it, sign it, and return it to the refuge for processing. The permit is not valid until approved and signed by a refuge official. Permits are issued for only the necessary period of time, not to exceed the end of the current calendar year.  If your project will extend into the next calendar year, you will need to reapply for a renewal permit.

Completed applications should be emailed to for processing.


For activities specific to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge:

1. National Wildlife Refuge System Commercial Activities Special UseApplication (FWS Form 3-1383-C) for: 

Commercial activities such as guiding tours or other outdoor users

Commercial filming (audio, video, and photographic products of a monetary value)

2. National Wildlife Refuge System Research and Monitoring Special Use Application (FWS Form 3-1383-R) for: 

Research and monitoring activities by students, universities, or other non-FWS organizations

3. National Wildlife Refuge System General Activity Special Use Application (FWS Form 3-1383-G) for: 

Miscellaneous events (fishing tournaments, one-time events, other special events)

Education activity

Other (any activity not mentioned above) appropriate or compatible at the Great Dismal Swamp NWR