Morristown National Historical Park includes a variety of beautiful landscapes and historic areas. To help preserve them for all to enjoy, the National Park Service requires a permit to conduct special activities or film and photography projects in the park.
A special activity, or special park use, is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and:
• Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
• Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
• Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
• Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS.
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.
Still photography requires a permit when the activity takes place where or when, members of the public are not allowed, or when the activity uses models, sets or props that are not part of the natural or cultural resources of the park.
Photography sessions (engagement and wedding photos, etc.) in and around the Cross Estate Gardens and other locations require a permit for scheduling purposes and to ensure that the areas are not damaged from the session. For these types of activities you need to complete the Application for Photography/Filming Permit – Short Form.
Generally, permits are not required for visitors using cameras for their own personal use while on public tours.
Sound technicians, and film or video news crews at breaking news events do not require a film permit. However, breaking news events are subject to restrictions and conditions necessary to protect park resources and public health and safety, and to prevent impairment or derogation of park resources and values. Breaking news is an event that cannot be covered at any other time or place.
If you are interested in any of these activities, see the links below for the various application forms you need to complete to apply for a Special Use Permit. Note that applications include a $75.00 non-refundable application fee.
Before you submit an application, please first call the park at 973-539-2016 x 201 to discuss your potential activity. The best times to call are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. If you need to leave a message, please carefully pronounce your name and telephone number and also provide an email address where you can be reached.
Application for Special Use Permit:
Application for Photography/Filming Permit – Short Form:
Application for Long Photography/Filming Permit – Long Form: