Who needs a permit?
- Commercial*, non-profit, documentary, promotional, or educational films, including entertainment broadcasts and some student projects
- Filming for stock footage REGARDLESS OF EQUIPMENT
- Commercial still photography using models**, sets or props
- Time-lapse photography if the final sequence will be used in a motion picture format for commercial purposes
- Sound recording projects that require more than handheld equipment, more than one person or NPS oversight
- Wedding/ portrait photography if final product will be used for advertisement
- Use of large/unusual equipment, even for non-commercial purposes if activities warrant NPS oversight
Permits are not generally required when:
- Visitors are engaged in filming/photography intended for their personal use and enjoyment
- When a videographer/photographer is filming a wedding permitted through special use permit
*Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording of a visual image by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. Under P.L. 106-206 all commercial filming requires a permit and is subject to a location fee and cost recovery charges.
**Model means a person or object that serves as the subject for commercial filming or still photography for the purposes of promoting sales or use of a product or service. Models include but are not limited to, individuals, animals, or inanimate objects such as vehicles, boats articles of clothing, and food and beverage products.