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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

  • October ORV Advisory Committee Meeting Canceled

    The National Park Service (NPS) at Big Cypress National Preserve has canceled the previously scheduled Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Advisory Committee (ORVAC) meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Filming & Photography Permits

Filming/Photography Permits are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording to ensure protection of resources, to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses. Permits are required for access to areas normally closed to the visiting public.


Generally, permits are not required for:

  1. Visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for their own personal use.
  2. Still photography when it doesn't involve props, models, professional crews or set dressings.
  3. Sound technicians, and film or video news crews at breaking news events. In these cases, the superintendent will still be required to protect national preserve resources and the rights and safety of visitors. News media wishing access for entertainment or scheduled purposes may require a permit.
  4. National Park Service filming or photography, Department of the Interior Audiovisual Center filming or filming/photography done pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract.

A request for a filming or photography permit may be denied if:

  1. the proposed filming or photography would conflict with the visitors' normal use of the Preserve.
  2. the permittee fails to obtain insurance/bonding, or does not agree to pay assessed cost recovery.
  3. in the opinion of the superintendent, or designee, the filming activity requested represents a potential for harm or impact on the Preserve's natural, cultural, or recreational resources, may create health or safety risks, or disrupt visitor use and enjoyment.
  4. it is determined that supervisory requirements for the proposed project will place unreasonable burdens on Preserve staff, regardless of the applicant's willingness to pay supervisory costs.
  5. the request includes entry into areas closed to the general visiting public, or which would allow activities not permitted to the average visitor.

Filming Permit Application
To apply for a filming permit, download an application, fill it out, and send it to:

Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Attn: Film/Photography Permit Coordinator

Special instructions are listed on the filming permit information sheet; please read carefully. A completed application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $100 in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to National Park Service.


All costs of evaluating the request will be billed to the applicant, whether a permit is issued or not. In compliance with the requirements of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, the applicant must submit their social security number or Federal tax ID number when filling out the application for permit. Applications will not be processed if submitted incomplete or are received without payment.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

Feeding alligators creates nuisance alligators. Every year alligators that have been fed by visitors begin to lose their fear of humans. If these animals become aggresive they are killed to ensure visitor safety. To avoid this tragic end for these unique animals DO NOT FEED THEM.