Filming/Photography Permits are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording to ensure protection of resources, to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses, or when they involve props, models, professional crews and casts or set dressings.
1. Use of model(s), set(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities.
2. The activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed.
3. The Park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.
4. The Park needs to provide management and oversight to:
a. avoid impairment or incompatible use of the resources and values of the park;
b. limit resource damage; and
c. minimize health or safety risks to the visiting public.
Generally, permits are not required for:
Costs and Fees:
The filming program fee schedule is as follows:
$100 non-refundable application/permit fee must accompany each filming application. This fee is based on an average of two hours to provide initial review of an application and process a permit to finalization. Since some project requests require more than two hours to process and others take less, the $100 application fee is an average cost for the time involved in completing a permit from start to finish.The fee includes time spent answering initial inquiries, initial review of the application, basic technical consultation, and the processing of the finalized permit.
Hourly Management Fee-A $50 per hour rate applies primarily under the following conditions:
1) Monitoring-Filming activities authorized by permit may require continuous, on-site supervision by the NPS to assure full compliance with all conditions of the permit. The scope and complexity of the filming activity will determine the level and type of supervision. Fees may include travel time for employees involved between filming location(s) and employee duty station(s).
(2) All interviews of park personnel will be assessed at the hourly rate. This will not apply to pre-approved filming or photographing of NPS staff members performing their regularly scheduled work activities.
(3) If a permittee requests a scouting trip with or by the Filming Permits Coordinator.
(4) Extended administrative time beyond the maximum two hours covered by the $100 Application/Permit Fee. This rate does not preclude any of the other fees andis applied per hour, per staff member. Any filming activity that is particularly complex is subject to the $50 hourly fee.
Location Fees –
Under Public Law 106-206, codified at 16 U.S.C. 4601-6d, the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture are required to "establish a reasonable fee for commercial filming activities or similar projects on Federal lands…" On April 13, 2006 the NPS published a final rule in the Federal Register removing the prohibition against the NPS charging a fee "for the making of motion pictures, television productions or sound tracks…" This action requires the NPS to charge a location fee for all commercial filming and still photography permits. The location fee is in addition to cost recovery charges that are currently being collected.
Location Fee Schedule
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Commercial Filming and Still Photography Documents:
Last updated: February 19, 2020