Types of Permits
Commercial use is defined as recreational use of public lands and related waters for business or financial gain. When any person, group, or organization makes or attempts to make a profit, receive money, amortize equipment, or obtain goods or services, as compensation from participants in recreational activities occurring on public lands, the use is considered commercial.
Examples: outfitters and guides, four-wheel drive tours, boat livery services
Vendor permits are temporary, short-term, non-exclusive, revocable authorizations to sell goods or services on public lands in conjunction with a recreation activity.
Example: T-shirt sales in conjunction with an authorized competitive event
Competitive use is any organized, sanctioned, or structured use, event, or activity on public land in which two or more contestants compete and either (1) participants register, enter, or complete an application for the event, or (2) a predetermined course or area is designated.
Examples: Off-Highway Vehicle races, endurance rides, mountain bike races
Special Area Use
Special Areas are areas officially designated by statute or Secretarial order.
Example: Paria Canyon overnight camping/backpacking permits
Organized Group Activity and Event Use
Organized group/event permits are for non-commercial and non-competitive group activities and recreation events.
Examples: family reunions, organized four-wheel drive events