Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

CFR Basics

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The CFR is produced by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and published by the Government Publishing Office in hard copy on an annual basis. The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is maintained by the Office of the Federal Register and is updated on a daily basis.

The CFR is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation. NPS regulations are codified in Title 36 (Parks, Forests, and Public Property), Chapter I (National Park Service, Department of the Interior), Parts 1 – 199.

Why It Matters

36 CFR contains almost all of the regulations that govern the administration of the National Park System, covering topics such as resource protection (Part 2), public use and recreation (Part 2), boating and water use activities (Part 3), vehicles and traffic safety (Part 4) and commercial and private operations (Part 5). 36 CFR also contains general provisions (Part 1) explaining the scope and applicability of NPS regulations, defined terms and criminal penalties. Some System units have their own regulations (called special regulations) that apply only in that unit. These are found in Part 7 for System units outside of Alaska and Part 13 for System units in Alaska.


Are you familiar with the regulations in 36 CFR that govern visitor use in your System unit? Does your System unit have any special regulations? What would you change about regulations in 36 CFR in order to better protect resources and keep visitors safe?



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