Thank you for applying for a natural area permit to conduct your activity. By applying for a permit you help the Natural Areas Department track activities in natural areas to manage impacts, increase safety and avoid conflicts. Permit applications are reviewed and considered based on impacts to the natural area, agricultural and cultural resources, habitat and visitor experience. Please take the time to read the information below carefully to determine the type of permit you will need.
The Natural Areas Department is making updates and changes to the permit system and associated policies. To learn more, please contact Michelle Vattano, 970-416-2815, bXZhdHRhbm9AZmNnb3YuY29t .
A special use permit is required for a variety of activities that would normally violate a natural area, county or state regulation. The Natural Areas Department may permit activities that allow for a safe and enjoyable experience while minimizing impacts to natural resources and visitors. The following types of activities are not allowed without a special use permit:
Please see the Conditions Table (56KB) for details.
Permit applicants must include specific access points, specific trail usage details, specific location of activity and full description (including dates and times) of activity. Please attach maps, research summaries and other materials. Research permits now require a $50 refundable deposit be recieved prior to permit issuance. Research vests (provided by department) are required for all off-trail research.It is your responsibility to know and obey the regulations of the areas you visit.
A Commercial Use Permit is required for commercial use activities on City of Fort Collins Natural Areas or facilities for which fees are charged to a third party by an entity other than the City, such as:
If you are applying for a permit to operate a commercial activity in the Natural Areas please see the Commercial Use Policy (132KB) and associated fees. Once we receive your application we will contact you to review to application, conditions and arrange payment.
Please allow five (5) business days for application review and processing.