Permits for Filming and Photography
A permit is generally not required for personal, noncommercial filming and photography activities within normal visitation areas and hours. However, filming outside normal visitation areas and hours and all commercial filming will require a special permit.
For the purposes of NPS policy, filming and photography encompass any technology that may be used for recording images or the sound tracks associated with them.
Commercial media coverage of breaking news may require a permit if the activities are of such size and scope that a permit would help manage the activity to minimize possible damage to park resources and visitor use conflicts or authorize entrance to a closed area.
Filming and Photography permit applications will generally be approved provided that the requested activities:
Unacceptable impacts are impacts that, individually or cumulatively, would:
Permission to film or videotape in a historic park building can be granted by the Superintendent only when:
The same considerations as those which apply to building interiors will be applied by the Superintendent in granting permission for exterior motion picture or television productions on Independence Square. The Superintendent may choose not to apply the criteria of a meaningful association with the historic resource or that it would contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of the historic resource to video production in other areas of the park. Unless co-sponsored by the NPS, video production on Washington Square is limited to productions involving no more than 15 cast and crew on site at any one time.
Commercial Filming Fee Schedule
If you're unsure if you need a permit for filming or any other special use, please feel free to contact our Special Park Uses Office:
Our Special Park Uses Office can also provide guidance to help you complete this form:
Did You Know?
Did you know Benjamin Franklin had a pet angora cat? When it died, he asked artist and natural historian Charles Willson Peale to preserve it through a taxidermy process.