Request a Special Use Permit
Five Rivers MetroParks protects more than 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.
Special Use Permit applications work best on a desktop/laptop computer. Please refrain from using mobile devices to submit applications.
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.
Effective January 1, 2019: Five Rivers MetroParks is now issuing permit badges for all Photography, Multimedia and UAS permits. Badges for each of these permitted activities must be displayed and visible at all times. Photography permit badges are available for pick up on the day of purchase (Monday thru Friday) between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM at the Five Rivers MetroParks Main Office. Photography permit badges not picked up on the date of purchase will be sent via USPS to the mailing address associated with the account. Permits purchased between 4 PM Friday and Sunday will be available for pick up on Monday. Please allow 7-10 days for receipt by mail and plan accordingly. To obtain Multimedia or UAS Permit badges, please contact the Permit Coordinator at 937-274-3127. Permit badges will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
Commercial Still Photography:
- Weekly Permit: $25 (seven consecutive days)
- Annual Permit: $100 (Jan.-Dec. of a calendar year)
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. If your multimedia project is planned with less than 21 days lead time, please contact the Permit Coordinator at 937-274-3127 prior to applying.
- Per Day/Location: $150
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
First Amendment Activity
To collect signatures, distribute materials, or hold a demonstration, please complete our First Amendment activity permit application.
Public or Private Event
COVID-19 UPDATE: As of June 2, 2021, the existing Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency and the Order on Mass Gatherings related to the COVID-19 pandemic has expired. We will begin issuing approved permits for public events that are scheduled to be held on July 3, 2021 or later. As of June 7, 2021, all capacity, mask and social distance requirements will no longer be in effect.
To hold an event in any Five Rivers MetroParks facility, including a public festival, competition, ticketed event or community gathering, or a private event such as a wedding or company picnic, please complete an event permit application. Applications must be submitted at least 60 days in advance.
Shelters may also be used for private gatherings, either on a first-come, first-served basis or with a shelter reservation, as long as the group size does not exceed the shelter capacity. Any publicly advertised activity using a Five Rivers MetroParks facility requires a permit.
Facility rentals are also available at Cox Arboretum MetroPark.
To conduct an instructional class, program, demonstration, or guided activity in a MetroPark, please complete our outdoor activity permit application. Outdoor activity permits may be issued for a single activity or multiple activities during a calendar year. Please submit a separate application for each MetroPark where you would like to host an activity. There is a $10 permit fee per park, per year.
Outdoor activity permits do not include the exclusive use of any park locations or facilities. If a specific facility, shelter, or campsite location is desired, a special or private event permit, or shelter or campsite reservation is required. Outdoor activity permits are subject to insurance requirements.
Please review these Recommended Practices before applying.