Permits for Filming & Photography
Commercial media coverage of breaking news never requires a permit, but is subject to the restrictions and conditions necessary to protect park resources from unacceptable impacts.
Still Photography (whether commercial or noncommercial), in accordance with Public Law 106-206, will not require a permit unless it takes place at a location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed, or it uses model(s) or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities, or the National Park Service would need to provide management and oversight to prevent unacceptable impacts.
Performance bond and liability insurance requirements must be met, and all costs incurred by the National Park Service in writing the permit, monitoring, providing protection services, or otherwise supporting filming or photography activities will be reimbursed by the permittee as a condition of the permit. A location fee will also be required as a condition of the permit. The amount of the fee will be based on the fee schedule current at the time the permit is approved.
Neither the location fee nor the cost recovery charges may be waived.
Our staff at this office can also provide guidance to help you complete the Commercial Filming Permit.
Special park uses including filming and photography activities will be allowed in parks provided the activities:
Unacceptable impacts are impacts that individually, or cumulatively, would: