Special Use Permitting for Park and Recreation Agencies

This course will help you better understand special use permits and the roles and responsibilities of event monitors.

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Regular Price: $72.00

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This course introduces parks and recreation staff to the variety of activities that require formal permits in many public agencies. These can include special events, commercial filming and photography, vending, and other activities. The course introduces the basic elements of a special use permit and follows a fictitious permitted event from the application stage to post-activity reporting.

The course is designed for those who are responsible for administering special use permits, including administrators and staff who review applications, approve permits, or monitor events.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

This course uses a fictitious setting in which the learner drives the content delivery by exploring a series of interactive content pages. After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Special Uses and Permits
  • The Permit Process

Be able to:

  • Explain what special use permits are.
  • Summarize the permit process.
  • Define the components of a permit.
  • Define monitoring.
  • Outline closeout activities after an event.
  • Define what constitutes an administrative record.
  • Explain permitting considerations for filming and photography, news gathering, and large public events.
  • List three reasons a permit could be denied.

Recommended Background

This course is an introductory course and is suitable for any parks and recreation employee interested in understanding the permitting process.


Great course but sometimes confusingReview by Resa
I enjoyed this on-line course: it was nothing like I've taken before to get CEU credits. There were inter-active photos that you had to click on to get information, and it was a nice variety of formats by also throwing in a video clip.

I would have liked a more detailed outline, so I could go back and review information that I feel I missed. It was also sometimes confusing as to what items in the photo you needed to click on to get information: perhaps if it was highlighted when you scrolled over it that would be better. I spent time clicking on things that had no meaning.

Overall, a good way to get .2 CEU's and learn a bit on the side. (Posted on 10/26/2018)
Excellent beginners overviewReview by Jay
Perfect for explaining the process to beginners. (Posted on 9/4/2018)
Excellent for Non- NPS to see how the permit system worksReview by D Park Ranger
This courses was developed in partnership with the NPS. (Posted on 10/26/2017)

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