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Temporary Structures and General Visitor Services
In connection with permitted demonstrations or special events,
the construction of temporary structures has been allowed under
36 CFR 50.19(3)(8). The regulatory language makes it clear that
the National Park Service allows all groups to erect and to use
such structures to the same extent as those constructed in
connection with government sponsored or co-sponsored events.
In administering this regulation, minor injury to the turf
resulting from the construction of temporary structures will not
result in permit denial or revocation.
Moreover, it has been the long standing policy of the National
Park Service to make available to all groups, irrespective of
their views or purpose in conducting their activity, a level of
visitor services (e.g. security, sanitation facilities, water,
etc.) commensurate with the size and nature of the activity
Structures and Campsites
The regulations (36 CFR 50.19(3)(8)) permit structures to be
used in the conduct of demonstrations and special events except
on the White House Sidewalk. In administering this section, the
National Park Service permits all groups to erect structures,
props and displays of the same size, number, space, character and
duration as structures used in connection with government
sponsored or co-sponsored events.
Camping is prohibited in all park areas except those specially
designated as official campsites (36 CFR 50.27).
Park Service does permit the use of symbolic campsites reasonably
related to First Amendment activities. However, camping
primarily for living accommodation must be confined to designated
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