Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits

On April 14, 2006 the National Park Service published a final rule in the Federal Register that allows the NPS to implement Public Law 106-206 (P.L. 106-206), codified at 16 U.S.C. 406/-6d and amends the commercial filming and still photography regulation found at 43 CFR 5.1.

All commercial filming requires a permit. Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. It does not include news coverage or visitor use. Use this application form to apply for a commercial filming permit. Use this chart to see what fees are associated with the permit.

Still photography activities require a permit only when:

a) the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or

b) the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
c) the park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity; or

d) the park needs to provide management and oversight.


Use this application form to apply for a still photography permit. Use this chart to see what fees are associated with the permit.

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