Commercial Filming and Photography

Filming/Photography Permits are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording to ensure protection of resources, to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses, or when they involve props, models, professional crews and casts or set dressings. Permits are required for access to areas normally closed to the visiting public.

A commercial photographer who is not using a prop, model or set, is staying within normal visitation areas and hours, and is not significantly interfering with normal park visitation, is generally exempt from film permit requirements.

To Apply:
Please complete an Application for Special Use Permit - Commercial Filming / Still Photography (NPS Form 10-931)

Submit it to the Office of Special Park Uses with no less than 30 days before the start date of the proposed activity to allow sufficient time for evaluation by the park staff. Please remember to enclose a cashier's check, or money order for $200.00 to cover non-refundable application costs. Location Fees are also required based on the number of crew and by days filming or photographing. Send the completed application along with the application fee in the form of a credit card, cashier's check, money order or personal check made payable to National Park Service to the:

Office of Special Park Uses
Kenai Fjords National Park
P.O. Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664

Exceptions
Generally, permits are not required for:

  • visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for their own personal use.

  • sound technicians, and film or video news crews at breaking news events. In these cases, the superintendent will still be required to protect park resources and the rights and safety of park visitors. News media wishing access for entertainment or scheduled purposes may require a permit.

  • NPS filming or photography, Department of the Interior Audiovisual Center filming or filming/photography done pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract.

For more information: Contact Chief Ranger Mark Thompson at: Mark_Thompson@nps.gov or (907) 422-0500.

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