The policy of National Park Service (NPS) is to allow commercial filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources. Commercial filming and still photography activities may not harm natural, cultural, wilderness, or recreational resources and cannot conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the park.
On August 23, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision reversing the order of the District Court. Price v. Garland 45 f.4th 1059 (D.C. Cir 2022). This decision became effective October 28, 2022, with the issuance of the Court of Appeals Mandate.
As a result, the statute and regulations that governed commercial filming before the Price decision are again in effect.
Do I need a permit to film?
Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, and other staff associated with commercial filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors still apply to filming activities even if no permit is needed for their activity. Check with the park staff for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips. The use of drones for any reason is prohibited in all areas of National Park Service lands (as per 36 CFR 13.5).
When is a permit needed?
Price v. Barr had no impact on how the National Park Service regulates still photography, so there are no changes in how the National Park Service regulates that activity.
Deadlines for permits
To help protect park resources and to assist still photography applicants as comprehensively as possible, permit deadlines have been established. Please note that all permit fees need to be paid and all initial paperwork completed before the permit will be considered. It is highly recommended to start the permitting process early as practical.
Permits and associated fees must be submitted at least 60 days in advance.
Still Photography Workshops & Tours
The following cases do not require a commercial photography permit:
What fees will I have to pay?
The National Park Service will collect:
Permits issued for non-commercial filming may be subject to cost recovery charges, including an application fee, but a separate location fee will not be charged.
Bering Land Bridge NP – NPS
Drone Use: Launching, landing, or operating of drones (i.e., unmanned aircraft) from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.
Film and Photography in Wilderness
Ninety-five percent of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is eligible for Wilderness designation. Commercial activities that take place in eligible Wilderness are thoroughly vetted to assure that Wilderness character and values are protected. It is highly recommended you educate yourself about Wilderness character and values as commercial activities occurring in the preserve’s eligible Wilderness are required to show that they are appropriate and necessary for the administration of the Wilderness.
Last updated: November 9, 2022