Location fees will be charged according to the following fee schedule for fiscal year 2012. The applicant or permittee is required to notify the NPS of any delays or schedule changes at least 36 hours in advance, or as agreed to by the superintendent. Should the applicant or permittee fail to provide such advance notification, the applicant or permittee is responsible for paying all costs incurred by the NPS anytime during the application, permitting, or operational process, including those due to cancellation, moving, or rescheduling of the project. Such payment will include but not be limited to a non-refundable charge for each staff person scheduled for the affected activity. Such charge will, at a minimum, be the equivalent of two hours overtime for each employee assigned. These costs may be recovered through the posting of a bond at the time of application, or through a bill for collection presented at any point after initial contact. Any fees applicable will be determined on a case by case basis. The permittee will be advised of any such fees prior to receiving a permit.
Insurance and Bonding
General liability insurance must be carried by the permittee showing the U.S. Government, National Park Service, Crater Lake National Park address as additionally insured. Short term policies must show coverage on "occurrence" basis. The minimum amount of commercial liability insurance is one million dollars. Additional amounts may be required for high-risk activities. Certain activities may trigger the need for the permittee to post a refundable damage bond. The amount of the bond will be equivalent to the estimated cost to NPS for clean up, repair or rehabilitation of resources or facilities that could potentially be impacted by the permit activities. At the conclusion of the permit, the bond will be returned to the permittee after costs of clean up, repair or rehabilitation are deducted.
Sharing the Park
A filming or photography permit does not allow the permittee to restrict park visitors from any location; therefore sites which attract a large number of visitors should be avoided. Normal visitor use patterns will not be interrupted for longer than five minutes, and only as specified in the approved permit. Film/photography permit activities may not occur simultaneously with other permitted activities or unduly conflict with scheduled public activities. Visitors will be allowed to watch filming. For more complex permit operations, or for activities which require coordination with other visitor use, and for those which are perceived to have the potential to impact park resources without proper supervision and care, at least one employee of the Park Service will be assigned to the film/photography crew. The permittee will be responsible for reimbursing the park for NPS monitoring. These costs will be included in the estimate of site use charges. Any additional costs will be recovered at the conclusion of the permit.
Restrictions and Conditions
Restrictions and conditions will be enumerated in the permit. The following activities are restricted and must be approved on a case by case basis:
The permit will specify the number of people and the exact types of equipment allowed. Activities not specified in the permit will not be allowed by the NPS monitor on duty. Please note that the permit does not include authority to film or photograph individuals. Model releases are the responsibility of the permittee. Permit activities may be restricted based on weather or seasonal conditions (fire danger, standing water after rain, nesting season, etc.). Additional closures, use limits and/or restricted activities are listed in the Superintendent's Compendium.
- use of children or animals
- discharge of blank ammunition and all black powder weapons
- mechanical or pyrotechnic special effects
- amplified music or sound
- placing of large set dressings
- filming/photography inside interiors of government administrative work areas
- film equipment or activities on roadways
- access to closed areas or access to areas during non-visitor use hours.
Prohibited Activities and Termination
Activities having the potential to damage or significantly impact or alter park resources are prohibited. The following are also prohibited:
- altering, damaging or removing vegetation
- vehicle use off established roads and parking areas
- use of insecticides, herbicides and pesticides
- loud noises (60 decibels or higher) between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
- smoking in buildings, on boardwalks or in vegetated areas
- use of fragile vegetation areas, except on trails or already disturbed areas (as determined by NPS)
- flying aircraft below FAA recommended minimum altitude (usually 2,000 feet) or launching or landing of aircraft except at designated landing sites
- writing on or discoloring, destroying or changing any natural feature or structure
- harassment of wildlife is prohibited by law. Filming of wildlife is permitted as long as there is NO disturbance, feeding, teasing, or manipulation of resident or free-roaming animals.
- Wildlife captured elsewhere may NOT be used in any in-park filming, whether trained or not.
All filming or photography permits issued by the National Park Service are "revocable" on 24 hours notice or WITHOUT NOTICE if the terms of the permit are violated. Deliberate infractions of the terms of the filming permit or the deliberate making of false or misleading statements concerning intended actions in order to obtain a permit are causes for immediate termination of the permit and cause for possible prosecution. Permits will be revoked if damage to resources or facilities is threatened, of if there is a clear danger to public health or safety.