• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Commercial Film Permits

Filming permits are never required for our regular visitors to the park, even if they intend to use their photos in some commercial fashion when they return home. Film permits are not required for "breaking" news.

Filming permits are required for any public or commercial photographer regardless of whether for charitable, educational or philanthropic purpose if:

  • more than one camera is to be used, or
  • special set-ups may be required, or
  • lights are to be used, or
  • if there is a crew of one or more people assisting the photographer, or
  • if any type of prop or model is to be used.
The fee for a filming permit varies, depending up the nature and duration of the activity, as well as the size and location of the park area that will be affected. The minimum amount is $250.

All filming may only be done in open areas of the park. If you have a question about whether or not you may need a filming permit, please contact our Special Park Uses Coordinator at (252) 473-2111, Ext. 121 or email.

Did You Know?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.