The pristine marine environment of Dry Tortugas National Park with historic Fort Jefferson offer photographers and filmmakers unique opportunities for capturing the natural world on film. However, the Congressional acts establishing this park places a two-fold responsibility upon the National Park Service to protect the natural and cultural resources and to provide for the visitors' enjoyment of them.
Commercial filming operations may be permitted, however there are restraints on these activities to ensure the resources are protected and visitors are not unduly affected. Public Law 106-206 outlines commercial filming permit requirements as well as location fee and cost recovery criteria. In addition, there is a $200 non-refundable application fee to cover the cost of processing your permit request. This covers the average time it takes to issue a permit, there may be additional per hour charges for complex applications.
Prior approval from the Superintendent, in the form of a film permit, is required before any work can commence. All filming activities must be in compliance with the general regulations for Dry Tortugas National Park.
We highly recommend planning in advance and suggest you submit your film permit applications for at least two weeks in advance. The application form is available in the weblink below and may be faxed to (305)242-7716.
News gathering activities may require a permit if the activities are of such size and scope that a permit would help manage the activity to minimize possible damage to park resources and visitor use conflicts or authorize entrance into a closed area.
Even when the above circumstances are present, permits will be required only if there is sufficient time to issue the permit without impeding the crew’s ability to gather the news. If there is not sufficient time to issue a permit, visitor and resource protection will be managed verbally in the field. There are no cost recovery charges or location fees for permits issued for news gathering activities.
News Gathering activities for Dry Tortugas National Park are coordinated through the Public Affairs Office at Everglades National Park (305-242-7714). Please contact the Public information officer from Everglades National Park here.
We highly recommend planning in advance and suggest you submit your film permit applications for at least two weeks in advance. The application form is available in the weblink below and may be faxed to (305) 242-7716.
Who Needs a Permit:
Permits are NOT Generally Required when:
The first form (10-931) will cover most filming projects. The longer form (10-932) would be required if your project has 10 or more crew members or potential for resource impacts and increased access to areas of the park not open to the general public that requires NPS staff to monitor. If you are uncertain which form to complete, the film permit office (305-242-7734) or public affairs (305-242-7714) could help determine which form is appropriate for your project.
Last updated: April 11, 2016