Commercial still photography that is conducted in locations that are open to the public, does not include the use of any props, models, or sets, and involves the use of a camera and tripod only, does not require a permit.
Commerical Filming and Photography Cost Recovery Information
Commercial Filming Directions
National Park Service policy requires that all commercial filming operations be managed through a special use permit (SUP). In addition to the non-refundable $50 application fee and $100 permit fee charged for all permits, a location fee is also required to be charged for commercial film permits. No fee waivers are permitted. For location fee purposes the number of people is the total number of people on site associated with filming activities.
Location Fee Schedule
If through the application review process it is determined that park staff will be required to participate in or monitor filming activities, the permittee will be required to pay the monitoring costs associated with staff participation. Actual costs will be charged based on the salary of park staff involved. Depending on the complexity of filming activities, a performance bond and/or liability insurance may also be required.
Last updated: September 28, 2018