A permit is required when an individual wishes to conduct an activity within a sanctuary that is otherwise prohibited. Certain activities within the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, such as diving, require a permit.
How to Apply
For most proposed activities, an ONMS permit application must be completed. Instructions, application forms, and related information can be found here:
Where to Apply
Submit completed applications to:
NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
Permit requests are evaluated based on their potential single and cumulative impacts to sanctuary resources versus the potential benefits the activity may provide in terms of resource protection.
For more information on permitting within the Monitor NMS, contact Tane Casserley at 757-591-7333 or Tane.Casserley@noaa.gov.
Prohibitions within ONMS Sanctuaries
Activities prohibited in sanctuaries can be found in program regulations at 15 CFR Part 922. If your proposed activity includes any prohibited action, a permit is likely required.
For more information on permitting within national marine sanctuaries, click here.