Commercial Film/Photography Permit
NOTE: Each year, the Secretary of Interior announces "Fee Free Days" in all national parks. During these days, entrance fees are waived in national park areas. On fee free dates, special use permits, commercial use permits and filming permits will not be authorized. The Fee Free Dates for 2014 are: January 20, February 15-17, April 19-20, August 25, September 27, and November 11. Please contact the park Special Use coordinator at 970-858-3617, ext. 300 with any questions.
Permits are NOT generally required for:
· Visitors engaged in filming/photography intended for their personal use and enjoyment.
· The filming of breaking news (an event that cannot be covered at any other time or location) by news crews.
· Filming that is conducted pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract with the National Park Service.
· There is potential that resource damage or impairment of their value would occur that cannot be mitigated or restored.
· There is potential of unreasonable disruption of/or conflict with the public's use and enjoyment of the site(s) being requested.
· There is likelihood that the activity poses health or safety risks to the public or crew.
· The requested activity will violate any other Federal, State, or local laws or regulations.
· Other activities are already planned or expected to occur at the same location.
· It involves access to areas normally designated closed or limited to administrative use for resource or safety reasons.
· The project includes a portrayal of activities that are not permitted within a national park
· The requirements for supervising the project exceed the staffing capacity of the affected park.
· The production crew is unwilling or unable to provide proof of insurance or reimburse the NPS for costs.
· Other activities are already planned or expected to occur at the same time and place, and filming or photography would be incompatible;
· The activity involves access to areas normally closed for reasons of resource protection or safety;
· The level of activity within the park is already so high that staff would be unavailable to work with film crew;
· The project includes a portrayal of activities that are not permitted within a national park;
· The production company is unwilling or unable to obtain necessary insurance; or
· The production company is unwilling or unable to reimburse the National Park Service for costs or comply with National Park Service bond requirements.
Use of aircraft and helicopters is restricted and must be approved in a case by case basis. Sensitive wildlife habitat, expectation of solitude in wilderness areas, and safety are our primary consideration with regard to over flight activities. Therefore, aerial filming is rarely allowed.
Potential permittees should be aware that about 14,000 acres within Colorado National Monument are Recommended Wilderness and are managed as federally designated Wilderness. Only educational filming is permitted within Wilderness areas.
Termination of Permit
All filming or photography permits issued by the National Park Service are "revocable" on 24 hours notice or WITHOUT NOTICE if the terms of the permit are violated. Deliberate infractions of the terms of the filming permit or the deliberate making of false or misleading statements concerning intended actions in order to obtain a permit are causes for immediate termination of the permit and cause for possible prosecution. Permits will be revoked if damage to resources or facilities is threatened, or if there is a clear danger to public health or safety.
· Product or service advertisement is involved;
· Talent/models, props, crews or sets are involved;
· The project has the potential to disrupt other park activities or visitors;
· More than just hand carried equipment is utilized;
· Project requires access to an area normally closed or restricted to general public use;
· Access into an area outside of normal public use hours is required;
· Project carries with a potential risk to park resources.
· Activity raises safety concerns that can be mitigated through issuance of permit with restrictions.
How to Apply
You are encouraged to attach maps, diagrams, script pages, storyboards, vehicle and equipment lists, crew lists, call sheet, itineraries, shot lists, etc. with your application to assist park staff in evaluating your request.
Postal mail, FedEx or UPS:
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