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Commercial Filming and Photography Permits
The National Park Service's mission is to protect its resources while providing for the enjoyment of the visitor. Consequently, the National Park Service has developed certain guidelines for the purpose of managing filming, photography and sound recordings consistent with its mission through a permit system.
Commercial Filming/Photography permits are required for those activities that generate film, photography or video production for television, motion picture industry, public or private interest. Filming or photography that requires a production crew, vehicles, broadcast equipment, props, talent/actors, construction, trailers, housing animals or aircraft will need a permit. Other activities requiring a filming permit are those that involve feature films, documentaries, shopping networks, religious telecasts, commercials, infomercials, public television presentation, produce DVD's CD's, CD-Roms, training videos, sales, education, promotions or entertainment.
Commercial still photography or projects that take place in locations where other members of the public are generally not allowed and use a model, set or prop do require a permit.
Private individuals who are engaged in photography for their own personal use and enjoyment generally do not require a commercial filming permit.
The Application for Commercial Filming Still Photography SUP - Short Form should be submitted for simple projects. For more complex projects, please submit the Application for Commercial Filming Still Photography SUP - Long Form. Both of these contain instructions and fee requirements.
The National Park Service is authorized, upon request, to issue Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) to individuals, corporations or other business operations, to provide commercial services at the Recreation Area in limited circumstances. CUA's are NOT a Concessions Contract and are intended to provide a necessary commercial service on a limited basis. A CUA may be issued only for services
· Will have minimal impact on park resources and values;
· Are consistent with the purpose for which the Recreation Area was established, as well as all applicable management plans, policies and regulations.
Commercial uses include businesses that provide any or all goods, activities, services, agreements or other things offered to the general public which take place at least in part in the park, uses park resources, and are undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization, or corporation, whether or not such entity is organized for purposes recognized as non-profit under local, state or Federal law.
Persons or entities issued a CUA are required to provide commercial liability insurance against claims arising out of or a result of acts or omissions of the CUA operator, their employees, agents , or contractors, in carrying out the activities and operations required and/or authorized under the CUA.
For more information, call (307) 548-5406.
Last updated: November 5, 2018