The Monument permitting criteria is set forth in Proclamation 8031 and Monument Regulations at 50 CFR Part 404.11. Monument findings and review criteria must be met by all applicants ensuring that their proposed activities are consistent with Proclamation 8031 and the goals of the Monument (see Monument Management Plan). The Monument Management Board may require applicants to submit additional information, comply with special conditions, or undergo additional training.
To issue a permit, the applicant must provide information to demonstrate the following:
Additional findings are required for Native Hawaiian Practices, Special Ocean Use, and Recreation permit applications. See Monument Regulations 50 CFR Part 404 for more information.
In addition to the requirement that each permit applicant meet the permit criteria defined above, applicants must agree to the General Conditions of their respective permit as well as any Special Conditions that may apply. Special Permit Conditions are incorporated into each Monument permit as deemed appropriate by the Monument Management Board to achieve effective conservation and management of PMNM. For example, Special Ocean Use permittees requesting to conduct film and/or photography activities within the Monument must abide by Special Conditions for Film/Photography Activities.
Before entering the Monument, all permitted personnel will attend a pre-access briefing to include information on permit specifications and the cultural significance of the Monument. To learn about the cultural heritage of Papahānaumokuākea, watch this video.
For detailed information on requirements that must be fulfilled based on method of entry (e.g., vessel or plane), permit type, location and permitted activities, click here.
For a complete list of all current Monument best management practices and policies, click here.