Are you hoping to film a movie, lead a class or host a sporting event at a Metro-managed property? Then you probably need a special use permit. These contractual agreements give you permission to use one of Metro’s regional parks, natural areas or historic cemeteries for a special activity – and help ensure a safe and successful event.
What events require a special use permit?
- any organized activity or gathering involving more than 25 people
- education groups of more than 15 people
- videography or photography shoots, including student productions
- any event that involves alcohol, amplified sound, animals, equipment or other elements posing a safety risk or public nuisance
- any event with concession services of goods, food or beverages
- biological research, scientific collection and harvesting of biological materials
- use of Metro natural areas that are not open to the public
How much will a special use permit cost?
Applying costs $40 for a standard permit or $75 for a more complex event that requires a site plan. Usage fees for the actual permit range from nothing at all for a small educational group to $850 for an event attracting 1,000 people. Some events will require extra fees for alcohol permits, catering or Metro staff presence. Read the special use permit guide for details.
When should I apply?
To avoid extra fees, submit your application and fee at least 30 days before your event. Applications submitted less than 10 working days from the event date generally will not be accepted.
A special use permit is not needed for group picnic reservations at Metro’s regional parks.