Permits & Reservations
Ranger-Guided Group Reservation
If your school, travel group, service group or organization planning on visiting Manzanar NHS we have several options. Please review our Ranger-Guided Group Reservation page.
Permits - Do I need a permit?
Most visitors do not need a permit. Permits are needed for activities beyond a typical visit to the park by a family or individual. At this park, they fall into two categories: film permits and special use permits.
Film Permits and Special Use Permits
Film permits are required for filming or taking photographs at the park for a movie, documentary, TV show or other commercial use. (Photos or videos taken by visitors for their own personal use do not require a permit. Neither do breaking news stories.)
Special use permits are required for organizing and performing activities or assemblies which provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. Special use permits are also needed for activities that require National Park Service staff to protect park resources, the public interest, or both. Special Use Permit Application
Filing a permit application alone does not grant you the right to your activity. Permit applications may be approved or rejected by the park. The $75 fee is nonrefundable, whether your application is approved or denied.
Submit permit applications at least fourteen (14) days in advance
A permit is required when the filming, videotaping, sound recording or still photography involve the use of talent, professional crews, set dressing, or props; when they involve product or service advertisement; or when the activity could result in damage to park resources or disruption of visitor use. Generally, permits are not issued for filming on weekends or holidays.
School media projects, independent films, documentaries, interviews with former internees, and feature films require a film permit.
A still photography permit is required when:
The National Park Service is required to recover all costs associated with permits for filming and photography. All administrative costs involving permit application and processing are nonrefundable and will be charged to a permittee. We require that charges be paid before work can begin on National Park Service property.
Location Fees for Still Photography
Film Monitor fee $40/hr; minimum of 2 hours
Note: Since our costs are based upon the services we provide, we do not differentiate between profit and nonprofit documentary projects.
Permit Application Procedures
Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application. During the process of reviewing and evaluating a permit application, if it is determined that substantial park staffing resources will be required for the permitted activity, the Park Special Park Uses Coordinator will contact the applicant about additional permit costs. Therefore you are encouraged to attach, maps, diagrams, script pages, vehicle and equipment lists, call sheet, itineraries, shot list, etc. with you application to assist park staff in evaluating your request. Most requests may be processed within 14 days if the application is complete and without alteration. In compliance with the requirements of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, applicants must submit their Social Security number or Federal Tax ID number when filling out the application for permit.
Note: Park managers will not sign location releases supplied by applicants.
Please submit applications as far in advance as possible. Mail to:
Manzanar National Historic Site