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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:

ONMS Permit Applications 

Where to Apply
Submit completed applications to:

    Tane Casserley
    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

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.

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