On August 22, 2013 the Department of the Interior published final regulations in the Federal Register on commercial filming, still photography and audio recording applying to the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management. The regulations become effective September 23, 2013.
Also published was a proposed location fee schedule for commercial filming and still photography that would be adopted by the three agencies after public comment has been received and considered. Comments will be accepted until September 23, 2013.
Operationally there are only a few changes that parks will need to make to comply with the new regulations:
- As of October 1, 2013, cost recovery money for still photography permits will be collected pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 3a, must be deposited in PRO1ESUC1.380000 (former PWE 318), and must be spent in the same fiscal year.
- 43 CFR 5.10 states that an applicant may appeal the denial of a permit application. The NPS will develop an appeals process and include it in the policy guidance found in DO #53. For now, the applicant should submit a written appeal of the decision with reasons for reconsideration addressed to the individual who signed the denial letter. That individual should submit the reconsideration request to the next level of signature authority (i.e. Chief Ranger submits it to the Superintendent or the Superintendent submits it to the Regional Director). The decision of the senior individual is the final agency action.