A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest.
Commercial Filming/Still Photography
A commercial filming/still photography permit is required for any filming or photography involving models, sets, or props.
The National Park Service allows filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources, and it avoids conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the park. There are restrictions associated with party size, the use of commercial vehicles, generators, artificial lighting, commercial film equipment, props, sets, and audio devices. Commercial vehicles must be in compliance with all federal and state laws and local ordinances.
How To Apply for a Special Use Permit or Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit
Select the appropriate application based on your desired use. Complete application and mail to Cassie Werne at the Park address found on the first page of the application. Allow AT LEAST 4 business days for processing (2 business days for First Amendment requests) of applications. Completed application must be accompanied by an application fee in the form of a cashiers check or money order in the amount of $50.00 made payable to National Park Service. Application and administrative charges are non-refundable. A non-refundable processing fee should accompany the application unless the requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment right. Your permit may require the payment of cost recovery charges and proof of liability insurance naming the United States of America as also insured.