If you are planning to do any filming or photography involving talent, products or props in front of a camera, you will need to obtain a filming permit. All permit applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and will not normally be issued for areas of high visitation or on weekends. If you have further questions, please contact (321) 267-1110.
Insurance Liability Requirements: $300,000 minimum. Larger scale productions (cast, crew, equipment) typically require liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000. U.S. Federal Government must be listed as ADDITIONAL
A permit will not be required for a visitor’s personal, noncommercial filming and photography activities within normal visitation areas and hours. (Outside normal visitation areas and hours, a permit may be required).
All commercial filming activities require a permit. Commercial filming means filming that involves the digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience. This includes recordings such as those used for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project.
In accordance with Public Law 106-206, still photography (whether commercial or noncommercial) will not require a permit unless;
If none of the conditions identified above exist, then a permit is not required.
Public Law 106-206
In Public Law 106-206, Congress acknowledged the importance of resource protection
and provided that a permit request should be denied if:
News coverage does not require a permit, for either filming or still photography, but is subject to time, place, and manner restrictions, when warranted, to maintain order and ensure the safety of the public and the media, and to protect natural and cultural resources.
Commercial filming permits and still photography permits (when applicable) are statutorily subject to cost recovery and a location fee, neither of which may be waived. The location fee is determined by the type of activity (commercial filming versus still photography). It is based on the current schedule, the number of permitted days, and the number of people on park lands associated with the permitted activity. There is no deviation from the schedule.
Location Fee Schedule
To address the needs of videographers and cinematographers who produce nature films highlighting the wonders of national parks, the following provision is in effect:
Commercial videographers, cinematographers, or sound recording crews of up to two people with only minimal equipment consisting of a camera and a tripod, working in areas open to the public are required to obtain a commercial filming permit and are subject to appropriate permit terms, conditions and cost recovery charges, but are not subject to location fees.
Last updated: May 15, 2020