DC Police Guidelines - Conducting an event on United States Capitol Grounds

This is a pdf file and I can't copy and paste so here is the link.

DC Police Guidelines
(Revised 06/19/09)
Application to engage in a demonstration or other organized activity on U.S. Capitol Grounds may be
made in person to the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Special Events Unit between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 119 D Street, N.E., Room 102, Washington D.C. 20510. Applications may also be submitted by fax to (202) 228-2429 or by mail to the above address. However, mail to the U.S. Capitol may be delayed up to two (2) weeks. The USCP Coordinators, Special Events Unit, may be contacted for consultation during the business hours listed above at (202) 224-8891.

In order to ensure the safety and convenience of all people in the exercise of their First Amendment right to free expression and to visit the U.S. Capitol, and to ensure the orderly conduct of Congressional business, the following conditions apply to U.S. Capitol Police Board Permitted Demonstration Activities conducted on U.S. Capitol Grounds. Demonstration activity is prohibited and will not be permitted inside any Capitol Buildings.Timeliness of Application: Applications must be submitted at least one hundred twenty (120) hours, or five (5) days, in advance of the activity to guarantee processing. Applications will be accepted up to one (1) year in advance. Additionally, demonstration applications must satisfy all requirements stated herein before processing can be completed; therefore it is imperative that the spokesperson responds promptly to all queries from the
Special Events Coordinator.

Number of Participants: Public safety, primarily based on the amount of space available in the chosen area, will dictate the maximum number of participants allowed in the event. Groups of fewer than twenty (20) persons do not require a permit, however, they are encouraged to notify USCP in advance of the demonstration activity so that available space can be fairly and appropriately allocated. An approved permit will give you or your group priority over a subsequent application by another person or group, or a group demonstrating without a permit.

Duration of Activity: No permitted activity may exceed twenty-four (24) consecutive hours, or seven (7)
consecutive days, including time for set-up and clean-up. When completing the application, spokespersons should include set-up and clean-up time in the time requested.

Signs, Banners and Placards: Signs, banners, and placards are permitted as a part of a permitted activity. All supports for these items must not exceed three quarters (¾) of an inch at their largest point, have dull ends, and made entirely of wood. There can be no nails, screws, or bolt-type fastening devices protruding from the wooden supports. These items may not be used to offer any item for sale, to solicit contributions or contain any form of advertising. Any display of signs, banners, placards, and related items is strictly prohibited inside all Capitol Buildings.

Props and Equipment: Props, equipment and other movable facilities, including but not limited to stages, risers, chairs, tables, and sound equipment, that are reasonably necessary for and integral to the demonstration activity shall be permitted provided that prior notice is given on the application and the size, location and structure of the items conforms to the reasonable conditions, limitations and restrictions provided for by the Capitol Police Board. Stages, risers, and platforms will not be greater than two (2) feet in height. Props and equipment may not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height.
Shelters: Setting up, placement or storage of camping equipment, tents, sleeping bags, bedrolls, bedding or a shelter of any kind is prohibited at all times.

Sound Amplification Equipment: Sound amplification is permitted. However, the sound must be controlled so that it does not disrupt the orderly business of the Congress or unreasonably disturb nonparticipating persons in the exercise of their rights or use of the Capitol Grounds. All sound equipment must be furnished by the applicant and positioned so as to face away from all Capitol Buildings. Electrical power for sound equipment is available in the West Front, Grassy Area and the Upper Senate Park. (See diagram attached to application)

Distribution of Literature: Literature may be distributed to interested persons, at no charge, as a part of a permitted activity. Distribution of literature is prohibited inside all Capitol Buildings.
Condition of Grounds: Immediately upon the scheduled conclusion of a permitted activity, all props, equipment and facilities must be removed from Capitol Grounds, and the spokesperson shall take such action as may be necessary so as to leave the space utilized by the activity in the same condition which existed immediately prior to the commencement of the activity. It is prohibited at any time to climb, remove or in any way injure any statue, seat, wall, fountain, light poles, elevator towers, or other erection or architectural feature, or any tree, shrub or landscaping feature within the Capitol Grounds. No person may stand or otherwise enter upon any of the Capitol Visitor Center skylights, fountains, planters, walls, surface level air grates and generators.

Marches: Marches are permitted to pass through Capitol Grounds provided the march does not disrupt the orderly business of Congress, or impede the equal access by others to Capitol Buildings. Generally, marchers will be required to remain on sidewalks and obey all traffic signals and signs.
Solicitation: It is prohibited at all times to offer any item for sale, or solicit fares, alms, or
contributions or display any form of advertising on Capitol Grounds. Official Functions of the Congress: In the event an official function of Congress is scheduled that conflicts with
an event for which a permit has been issued, participants must clear the involved area prior to the official function, and may return after the function has concluded or departed Capitol Grounds.
Filming and Photography: The use of camera equipment to film or photograph on Capitol Grounds is
permitted, provided the photographs or film are for private or other non-commercial use. Non-commercial documentary or historical filming is permitted on a case-by-case basis. The use of tripods or other film or photography enhancement equipment requires special permission, and is limited to grassy areas where pedestrian or vehicular traffic will not be impeded.

Foot Races: Foot races are permitted to pass through Capitol Grounds. Foot races must be conducted so as not to impede passage through the North or South Barricades on the East Front of Capitol Square and routes of travel must conform to the reasonable conditions, limitations, and restrictions set by the Capitol Police Board. The solicitation, collection, or transfer of monies including but not limited to registration fees, as well as the display or use of commercial logos or related advertising or signage, is prohibited at all times on Capitol Grounds. Musical Performances: Musical performances are permitted in the Upper Senate Park. On weekends, musical performances are also allowed on the West Front.

Sleeping or Lying Down: Sleeping or lying down is prohibited at all times on any paved or improved area including, but not limited to, streets, roads, sidewalks, steps, curbs, gutters, doorways, alcoves, and walls. Sleeping or lying down is prohibited on any unimproved (grassy) area of the Capitol Grounds from one-half (½) hour after sunset to one-half (½) hour before sunrise.
Parking: There is no parking available for private automobiles, buses, or other vehicles on Capitol Grounds.

Buses may utilize Garfield Circle, at the intersection of First Street and Maryland Avenue, S.W., and Union Station, at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., to drop off passengers.

Prohibited Items: The following items are prohibited at all times on Capitol Grounds: any firearm, explosive, club, missile, chemical or other incendiary device or other weapon. It is also prohibited to use or display any open flame including, but not limited to, ignited candles, torches, lanterns, or lamps. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are permitted.




This is a crude, quick video on how to build a telescoping pole. When you are traveling by plane, bus or train this pole will take up very little space and yet extend to about six feet at the protest site.


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Great info to have. Everyone should read this.

I have a question in regard to
"Signs, Banners and Placards: Signs, banners, and placards are permitted as a part of a permitted activity. All
supports for these items must not exceed three quarters (¾) of an inch at their largest point, have dull ends, and
made entirely of wood. There can be no nails, screws, or bolt-type fastening devices protruding from the wooden
supports. These items may not be used to offer any item for sale, to solicit contributions or contain any form of
advertising. Any display of signs, banners, placards, and related items is strictly prohibited inside all Capitol
Buildings."

I have a 4'X6' Gadsden flag that I would like to display. Obviously I can't use the extending aluminum pole I have used at other Tea Parties. Am I allowed to use a 10 foot wooden pole to display it. It's NOT more than 3/4 of an inch thick but 10' is MUCH larger than 3/4 of an inch. I know this may sound stupid, but I don't trust cops when it comes to my 1st Amendment rights. I had a cop @ the West Palm Beach tea party tell me that I couldn't display a Gadsden flag while walking past the courthouse. They are tasked with enforcing the law but aren't trained in the law.
Thanks Twana; I was just wondering the other day if anyone knew about this stuff. You are AWESOME!
This is awfully small to be able to read. How do you make it bigger? BTW, I'm quite computer Illiterate so I hope it won't be too difficult to be able to do so. Thanks for any help you can give me since I'm planning on being there in DC.
Twana - I'm using Windows7 and have upgraded (again and again) Adobe Reader. Each time I follow the link to the site I receive an Adobe message in the center of what appears to be a pdf page: It says "Adobe Reader" at the top left of the screen; there's a question mark ( ? ) inside the box; and only a highlighted square/button in the bottom right-hand corner that says OK. When I click OK, at first a document BEGINS to appear and then just washes out. The pdf-menu doesn't even appear so I can save the file. Anyone else having that problem?
The article sans the applicarion form which cannot be copied. Joan

Conducting an Event on United States Capitol Grounds
(Revised 06/19/09)
Application to engage in a demonstration or other organized activity on U.S. Capitol Grounds may be
made in person to the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Special Events Unit between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00
p.m., Monday through Friday, at 119 D Street, N.E., Room 102, Washington D.C. 20510. Applications may also
be submitted by fax to (202) 228-2429 or by mail to the above address. However, mail to the U.S. Capitol may be
delayed up to two (2) weeks. The USCP Coordinators, Special Events Unit, may be contacted for consultation
during the business hours listed above at (202) 224-8891.
In order to ensure the safety and convenience of all people in the exercise of their First Amendment right
to free expression and to visit the U.S. Capitol, and to ensure the orderly conduct of Congressional business, the
following conditions apply to U.S. Capitol Police Board Permitted Demonstration Activities conducted on U.S.
Capitol Grounds. Demonstration activity is prohibited and will not be permitted inside any Capitol Buildings.
Timeliness of Application: Applications must be submitted at least one hundred twenty (120) hours, or five (5)
days, in advance of the activity to guarantee processing. Applications will be accepted up to one (1) year in
advance. Additionally, demonstration applications must satisfy all requirements stated herein before processing
can be completed; therefore it is imperative that the spokesperson responds promptly to all queries from the
Special Events Coordinator.
Number of Participants: Public safety, primarily based on the amount of space available in the chosen area, will
dictate the maximum number of participants allowed in the event. Groups of fewer than twenty (20) persons do
not require a permit, however, they are encouraged to notify USCP in advance of the demonstration activity so
that available space can be fairly and appropriately allocated. An approved permit will give you or your group
priority over a subsequent application by another person or group, or a group demonstrating without a permit.
Duration of Activity: No permitted activity may exceed twenty-four (24) consecutive hours, or seven (7)
consecutive days, including time for set-up and clean-up. When completing the application, spokespersons
should include set-up and clean-up time in the time requested.
Signs, Banners and Placards: Signs, banners, and placards are permitted as a part of a permitted activity. All
supports for these items must not exceed three quarters (¾) of an inch at their largest point, have dull ends, and
made entirely of wood. There can be no nails, screws, or bolt-type fastening devices protruding from the wooden
supports. These items may not be used to offer any item for sale, to solicit contributions or contain any form of
advertising. Any display of signs, banners, placards, and related items is strictly prohibited inside all Capitol
Buildings.
Props and Equipment: Props, equipment and other movable facilities, including but not limited to stages, risers,
chairs, tables, and sound equipment, that are reasonably necessary for and integral to the demonstration activity
shall be permitted provided that prior notice is given on the application and the size, location and structure of the
items conforms to the reasonable conditions, limitations and restrictions provided for by the Capitol Police Board.
Stages, risers, and platforms will not be greater than two (2) feet in height. Props and equipment may not exceed
fifteen (15) feet in height.
Shelters: Setting up, placement or storage of camping equipment, tents, sleeping bags, bedrolls, bedding or a
shelter of any kind is prohibited at all times.
Sound Amplification Equipment: Sound amplification is permitted. However, the sound must be controlled so
that it does not disrupt the orderly business of the Congress or unreasonably disturb nonparticipating persons in
the exercise of their rights or use of the Capitol Grounds. All sound equipment must be furnished by the applicant
and positioned so as to face away from all Capitol Buildings. Electrical power for sound equipment is available
in the West Front, Grassy Area and the Upper Senate Park. (See diagram attached to application)
Distribution of Literature: Literature may be distributed to interested persons, at no charge, as a part of a
permitted activity. Distribution of literature is prohibited inside all Capitol Buildings.
Condition of Grounds: Immediately upon the scheduled conclusion of a permitted activity, all props, equipment
and facilities must be removed from Capitol Grounds, and the spokesperson shall take such action as may be
necessary so as to leave the space utilized by the activity in the same condition which existed immediately prior to
the commencement of the activity. It is prohibited at any time to climb, remove or in any way injure any statue,
seat, wall, fountain, light poles, elevator towers, or other erection or architectural feature, or any tree, shrub or
landscaping feature within the Capitol Grounds. No person may stand or otherwise enter upon any of the Capitol
Visitor Center skylights, fountains, planters, walls, surface level air grates and generators.
Marches: Marches are permitted to pass through Capitol Grounds provided the march does not disrupt the
orderly business of Congress, or impede the equal access by others to Capitol Buildings. Generally, marchers will
be required to remain on sidewalks and obey all traffic signals and signs.
Solicitation: It is prohibited at all times to offer any item for sale, or solicit fares, alms, or contributions or
display any form of advertising on Capitol Grounds.
Official Functions of the Congress: In the event an official function of Congress is scheduled that conflicts with
an event for which a permit has been issued, participants must clear the involved area prior to the official
function, and may return after the function has concluded or departed Capitol Grounds.
Filming and Photography: The use of camera equipment to film or photograph on Capitol Grounds is
permitted, provided the photographs or film are for private or other non-commercial use. Non-commercial
documentary or historical filming is permitted on a case-by-case basis. The use of tripods or other film or
photography enhancement equipment requires special permission, and is limited to grassy areas where pedestrian
or vehicular traffic will not be impeded.
Foot Races: Foot races are permitted to pass through Capitol Grounds. Foot races must be conducted so as not
to impede passage through the North or South Barricades on the East Front of Capitol Square and routes of travel
must conform to the reasonable conditions, limitations, and restrictions set by the Capitol Police Board. The
solicitation, collection, or transfer of monies including but not limited to registration fees, as well as the display or
use of commercial logos or related advertising or signage, is prohibited at all times on Capitol Grounds.
Musical Performances: Musical performances are permitted in the Upper Senate Park. On weekends, musical
performances are also allowed on the West Front.
Sleeping or Lying Down: Sleeping or lying down is prohibited at all times on any paved or improved area
including, but not limited to, streets, roads, sidewalks, steps, curbs, gutters, doorways, alcoves, and walls.
Sleeping or lying down is prohibited on any unimproved (grassy) area of the Capitol Grounds from one-half (½)
hour after sunset to one-half (½) hour before sunrise.
Parking: There is no parking available for private automobiles, buses, or other vehicles on Capitol Grounds.
Buses may utilize Garfield Circle, at the intersection of First Street and Maryland Avenue, S.W., and Union
Station, at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., to drop off passengers.
Prohibited Items: The following items are prohibited at all times on Capitol Grounds: any firearm, explosive,
club, missile, chemical or other incendiary device or other weapon. It is also prohibited to use or display any
open flame including, but not limited to, ignited candles, torches, lanterns, or lamps. Flashlights and other
battery-powered lights are permitted.
Thank you!

God bless

-= Joe
Hello to all. We are all prepared to go to DC and show our stuff. I, and many others. are flying and do not think I can take a lot of stuff on the plane...hopefully somewhere we can get together and make signs before saturday. Myself and 2 others are staying at the Col. Riley Comfort Inn. Hopefully there will be an Office Depot type place where we can get cardboard...and other stuff and markers, etc. I cannot wait to meet all of you who have spent tireless hours with this...especially Darla and Twana and Col. Riley and all the others..we will see who pays attention when we have our million "man" march...God Bless Sandy Stuart Ormond Beach Florida.
Twana, thanks for your reply. That thing is so small that I couldn't even read it with my reading glasses. I guess I can go by what Sam said below, right?
It would appear that I will be standing JUST outside the boundry line, with my 1" PVC pipe (non-wooden) flag-poles! Who's with me??? (that is; who else will not be able to legally stand in THEIR US Capitol's grounds, due to these rules?)
I also think it would be an idea to start organizing a formal clean-up crew, for after our event. We don't want to leave the "garbage dump" the Obamabots left on the Mall, after their "messiah's" inaugaration! After the "St Valentine's Day Massacre", (March 17th, 2007) the GOE assembly area looked pristine, compared to the anti-war protester's area! The press noticed.
Radar, MI GOE, VVA, DAV, DA, Patriot.
Bro, I'll be there with my metal Flag Pole (note: not a banner, placard or sign support). Flying both the U.S. flag and the GoE flag.

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