Apply for a state parks special use permit

Want to hold a concert, charity walk, road race, small wedding or other special event in a Massachusetts State Park? You need a special event permit.

EEA ePLACE Help Desk


Open M-F 7:30 am-5:00 pm, with the exception of all Commonwealth & Federally observed holidays.

The Details

What you need

To apply for  a special event permit, you will need the following:

  • Create an account at the new EEA ePLACE online filing portal
  • Event information, including route maps, site setup, and dates
  • If you work for a nonprofit, please include a copy of your 501C3 determination letter
  • Certificate of liability insurance (upon approval)


Special event application $45.00

Commercial (for profit business) applicants will also be responsible for outdoor event venue rental fees. (302 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 4.02)

     1. Small event (100-500 people) $250 per day

     2. Mid-size event (501-1,500 people) $1000 per day

     3. Large event (1,501-10,000 people) $2000 per day


How to apply

Next steps

  1. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will review your online application.

    If your event requires DCR staff, equipment or services, there will be event costs. You will be notified by the DCR of the estimated event cost and you will be responsible to pay the estimate before your permit will be issued.

  2. Certificate of Liability Insurance (COI)

    You must submit a certificate of liability insurance (COI) at least 14 days before the event.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Conservation and Recreation must be named as additional insured for the date and location of your event with a minimum amount of 1 million dollars ($1,000,000) in liability. This is required for all special use permits and your permit will not be issued without the certificate.

More info

Need help with the new ePLACE system?

A quick guide is available to download for help with the registration process. Need more help? Call the ePLACE Help Desk at (844) 733-7522 or (844) 73-ePLAC between the hours of 7:30 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday.




Open M-F 7:30 am-5:00 pm, with the exception of all Commonwealth & Federally observed holidays.


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