2/3/21 Update: Hubbell Trading Post NHS has temporarily suspended all new commercial filming requests until further notice. We will accept permits for other activities upon reopening.
Please check back on this website for additional updates.
Special Use Permits
Certain types of activities require a special use permit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material, other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your usage might be included.
A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that: Provides a benefit to an inidividual, group, or organization rather than the public at large; Requires written authorization and some management by the park in order to protect park resources and the public interest; Is not prohibitied by law or regulation; And is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the park.
Activities that require a Special Use Permit
- Weddings and commitment ceremonies
- Sporting events as organized walks
- Trips organized by scouting groups, non-profit organizations
Filming (ANY non-amateur work, including public television and other government entities)
- Photography (for publications or retail)
- Any after-hours use
When in doubt, it is best to apply for a special use permit.
Changes to Commercial Filming Permits on Park Land
On January 22, 2021, the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Price v. Barr determining the permit and fee requirements applying to commercial filming under 54 USC 100905, 43 CFR Part 5, and 36 CRF Part 5 are unconstitutional. The National Park Service is currently determining how this decision will be implemented.
Following the recent court decision, the National Park Service will not be implementing or enforcing the commercial filming portions of 43 CFR Part 5 until further notice, including accepting applications, issuing permits, enforcing the terms and conditions of permits, issuing citations related to permits, or collecting cost recovery and location fees for commercial filming activities.
As regulations regarding commercial filming permits are being reassessed, those interested in commercial filming activities on land managed by the National Park Service are encouraged to contact the park directly for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and sensitive park resources.
Do I need a permit to film?
Currently, the National Park Service is not issuing commercial filming permits, but is in the process of evaluating how best to regulate filming activities that affect visitors and park resources. All applicable laws and regulations governing activities and public use in parks still apply, including park hours and areas open and closed to the public. Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, and other staff associated with commercial filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors still apply to filming activities even if no permit is needed for their activity. Check with the park staff for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips.
Are filmers still required to pay fees to film in parks?
As of January 22, 2021, the National Park Service is no longer collecting application or location fees, or cost recovery for filming.
To request a Special Use Permit (Application)
The permit application must be requested at least 30 days in advance of the planned activity. Requests will be reviewed by park staff for any monitoring that may be required or disturbance that might occur. A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 is required and most events require certificate of liability insurance ($1,000,000 per occurrence/$2,000,000 aggregate underwritten by a United States company naming the United States of America as additional insured).
Application Request must include:
- Who is requesting the permit? Name, address and telephone number of the permittee (if the permit is for more than one person, this person is responsible for the behavior and compliance of the entire group. Names for everyone in the group may be required.)
- What is the nature of the proposed activity?
- Why is it being conducted? (purpose)
- When the activity will take place? (Include dates and time of the day.)
- Where the activity will take place? (as specific as possible: campground, back patio, at overlook, etc.)
- How the activity will be conducted? (methods, equipment and vehicles)
Please attach a summary and itinerary of the event. The more information the park has, the easier your application process will be.
SPECIAL PARK USES APPLICATION
COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY APPLICATION