Request a Special Use Permit

Five Rivers MetroParks protects nearly 16,000 acres of natural area in the Dayton region. The agency's permit program authorizes uses on MetroParks land that provide a benefit to members of the public and protect public and conservation values.

Please be aware that Five Rivers MetroParks is a tax-supported public agency and that its primary obligation is to serve the general population. So it is our responsibility to place the welfare of the general public before that of any individual or special interest group. Accordingly, decisions made regarding your permit application will be based on this premise at the sole discretion of Five Rivers MetroParks.

Permits

Photography, Multimedia, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

If you are receiving payment for your services or intend to sell or otherwise receive compensation for photographic images captured in any of the Five Rivers MetroParks, a permit is required.

Commercial Still Photography:

  • Weekly Permit: $25 (seven consecutive days)
  • Annual Permit: $100 (Jan.-Dec. of a calendar year)

Multimedia:
If you are recording moving visual images with or without an audio component, a permit is required. A Multimedia Permit also includes permission to shoot commercial still photography.

  • Per Day/Location: $150

View Photography Policy

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS):
A permit for drone flight may be obtained for commercial or scientific research purposes. A UAS Permit also includes permission to make multimedia recordings and commercial still photography.  Recreational flight of UAS is not permitted from FRMP property.

  • Per Day/Location: $200

View UAS Policy

Apply for a Photography, Multimedia, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems permit.

Wedding

To hold a small wedding ceremony in any Five Rivers MetroPark facility, please complete a wedding permit application. A $10 non-refundable application fee must be paid at the time of application. Please have your credit card ready when applying.

See our facility rental information for Cox Arboretum MetroPark and Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark for larger ceremonies and receptions.

You may also hold a wedding ceremony or reception in a reservable shelter as part of a shelter reservation (no additional wedding permit needed).

First Amendment Activity

To collect signatures, distribute materials, or hold a demonstration, please complete our First Amendment activity permit application.

Special Event

To hold an event in any Five Rivers MetroParks facility, including a festival, competition, ticketed event or community gathering, please complete a special event permit application.

A $10 non-refundable application fee must be paid at the time of application. Please have your credit card ready when applying.
View our Supplemental Guidelines for Special Use Permits

Private Program

To conduct, sponsor or promote any meeting, speech or picnic which is not open to the general public and has an expected attendance of more than 200 people, please submit a private program permit application. A $10 non-refundable application fee must be paid at the time of application. Please have your credit card ready when applying.

For private programs that will draw fewer than 200 people, please see information about shelter or facility rentals.

Public Program

To conduct an instructional class, program, demonstration, or guided activity in a MetroPark, please complete our public program permit application. A $10 non-refundable application fee must be paid at the time of application. Please have your credit card ready when applying.

Geocaching

To place or renew a geocache, please complete a geocaching permit application.

Research

To conduct scientific research in any Five Rivers MetroParks facility, please complete a research permit application.

Other Activities Requiring a Permit

If you wish to set up or carry in anything in a park, or conduct an activity which will be seen or heard by other park users, or otherwise impact the park experience for others, please refer to Section 94.02 of Five Rivers MetroParks Rules & Regulations for a list of activities which require a Special Use Permit.

If the action or activity you desire is not covered by a Special Use Permit listed above, the Permit Coordinator can assist you. Examples of other activities requiring a Special Use Permit include:

  • Motorized vehicle operation
  • Amplified sound
  • Erecting tents (larger than 10 x 10)
  • Utilizing a power source
  • Selling anything in a park
  • Bringing in special equipment for cooking
  • Decorating for celebrations
  • Set up of props or equipment for photo or video
  • Set up of tables or chairs for gatherings

View a complete list of activities requiring a permit.

The Permit Coordinator can be reached by email at permits@metroparks.org or call direct 937-274-3127.

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