Commercial Filming

Capturing the beauty and splendor of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on film is becoming increasingly popular with photographers around the world. While catching the small diamonds of light on the water as they reflect the mountains in the distance, wildlife and wilderness surround you. This park can be very inspiring for filming. Permits are required for most commercial filming and photography within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, read more below.
A male actor and afemale actor walk hand in hand, while being filmed by a crew of three people. THey are on the deck of a cruise ship in front of a glacier with grey, snow peaked mountains in the background..

NPS Photo / E. Guercio


Those interested in commercial filming activities in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve are encouraged to contact the park's Special Use Coordinator at 907-697-2567 or email us for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and help protect park resources. Check with the park's Special Use Coordinator for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips.

Do I need a commercial permit to film?

All commercial filming that occurs within a unit of the National Park System requires 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. Individual parks may require a permit for non-commercial filming if a permit is necessary to manage the activity to protect park resources and values, minimize conflict between user groups, or to ensure public safety. More details about filming and permits in parks are available on the NPS website: Filming & Still Photography Permits (

How do I apply for a Commercial Still Photography permit?

Submit a completed application along with a $200 application fee to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve as far in advance of your planned date as possible. In addition, you should request a meeting with park staff if your proposed activity is unusual or complex. Early consultation with park staff will help them process the submitted application in a timely manner.


NPS 10-931 Application for SUP CFSP (Short Form)

NPS 10-932 Application for SUP CFSP (Long Form)


The application fee for Commercial Filming in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is $200.
Go to the National Park Service Filming and Still Photography Permits Page for required assiciated Location Fees.

For more information, contact the Glacier Bay Commercial Services Office at (907) 697-2567, or email us.

Last updated: March 28, 2024

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