Still Photography Permits
Lands of the United States were set aside by Congress, Executive or otherwise acquired in order to conserve and protect areas of untold beauty and grandeur, historical importance, and uniqueness for future generations. This tradition started with explorers who traveled with paint and canvas or first photo apparatus before lands became designated as national parks. Visitors to national parks continue to memorialize their visits through videos and photographs. The National Park Service permits commercial filming and still photography when it is consistent with the park’s mission and will not harm the resource or interfere with the visitor experience.
When is a permit needed?
All commercial filming activities taking place within Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park system, require a permit. Commercial filming means the film, electronic, magnetic, digital, or other recording of a moving image by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience with the intent of generating income.
Still photographers require a permit when
- the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or
- the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
- park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.
How do I apply for a permit?
Permit applications are available through the Special Park Use office located at:
Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver Wa 98661
or download a formFilming Application - Short Form
Filming Application - Long Form
Submit a completed application along with the application fee to the Special Park Use office as far in advance of your planned date at possible. In addition, you should request a meeting if your proposed activity is unusual or complex. Early consultation will help process the application in a timely manner once it is submitted.
What fees will I have to pay?
The National Park Service is authorized to collect two fees: cost recovery and a location fee. Cost recovery includes an application fee which must be submitted with your completed application and well as a charge to cover the expenses incurred by the National Park Service in processing your request and monitoring your permit. This amount will vary depending on the size and complexity of your permit.
The National Park Service has been directed by Congress to collect a fee to provide a fair return to the United States for the use of parklands. The National Park Service uses the following fee schedule:
- 1–2 people (camera & tripod only) - $0/day
- 1–10 people - $150/day
- 11–30 people - $250/day
- 31–49 people - $500/day
- Over 50 people - $750/day
- 1–10 people - $50/day
- 11–30 people - $150/day
- Over 30 people - $250/day
Are there other permit requirements?
You will be required to obtain liability insurance naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure the payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.