Activities Requiring Permits

The United States Capitol Police takes its duty and responsibility to ensure each individual’s rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution are protected in a safe and open environment. In accordance with the Traffic Regulations for the U.S. Capitol Grounds, guidelines have been established to ensure events that are held inside the boundaries of the U.S. Capitol Grounds are conducted in a manner that protects public health and safety, while also ensuring the Congressional community can continue to fulfill its legislative responsibilities. Accordingly, demonstration activity is only allowed in designated areas on U.S. Capitol Grounds; please refer to the U.S. Capitol Grounds Demonstration Area Map below for specific information.

The type of activities that require permits on U.S. Capitol Grounds are, but not limited to:

  • Demonstration (Rally, Vigil, etc.)
  • Filming/Photography (Commercial Use)
  • Foot Race
  • March
  • Musical Performance

All applicants must review the guidelines below and complete the application. All applications must be signed prior to submission.

Traffic Regulations for U.S. Capitol Grounds - January 2024

PDF iconApplication for Conducting an Event on U.S. Capitol Grounds

PDF iconU.S. Capitol Grounds Demonstration Area Map

PDF iconDesignated Foot Race Routes

Guidelines for Conducting an Event on Capitol Grounds

An application to engage in a demonstration or other organized activity on U.S. Capitol Grounds may be made by fax (202) 228-2429, or in person (Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m). at USCP Headquarters Building, Special Events, 119 D St., NE, Room 101. 

For general inquiries, please email Special Events at or call (202) 224-8891.