Wedding Photography Information

The park charges a $25.00 permit application fee to cover the costs associated with processing, scheduling and monitoring wedding photography permits. Additionally, Public Law 106-206 requires the park to collect location fees for filming and photography. The location fee for wedding photography permits is determined by the number of persons involved in the filming activity according to the following scale: 1 - 10 persons: $50, 11 - 30 persons: $150, and over 30 persons $250.

The completed permit application, along with a check for the application fee and location fee made out to Independence National Historical Park, should be sent to the Special Events Office at 143 S 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19106. Allow a minimum of 4 business days for processing. Permits are processed on a first come first served basis. Applications received without the required payment will not be processed. Permit application charges are nonrefundable.

Wedding Photography Permit Application

Wedding photography applicants are limited to only one of the following 9 locations in the park: the Magnolia Garden, Rose Garden, 18th Century Garden, Benjamin Rush Garden (sometimes referred to as the Bishop White Garden), south steps and lawn area of the Second Bank of the United States, front steps of the First Bank of the United States, the lawn area on the south side of Carpenters' Hall between 3rd and 4th Streets, Washington Square (vicinity of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier excluded) and behind the Merchants' Exchange (permit holder may not move or go behind the chain at the foot of the steps). A map of the approved areas is provided. Wedding photography is not permitted in any other areas of the park. Permits are limited to one hour, unless specifically requested.

The Permittee is required to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, regulations, codes, permit requirements, and conditions as well as park regulations contained in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The Permittee will be held liable for any damage to park property arising out of a permit.

A permit may not be transferred to another party.

Issuance of a permit does not guarantee exclusive use of an area. The area for which a permit is issued will remain open to the public during park visiting hours. Permit activities must not interfere with park visitors.

Parking on park property is prohibited.

The consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or the possession of a receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage which is open, or whose seal is broken, are prohibited.

The release of helium balloons within the park is prohibited.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


(215) 965-2305
Use this number to talk to a park ranger at the visitor center desk for park information. Park rangers are available for calls daily from 8:30am to 7pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During heavy visitation, park rangers are assisting other visitors and may not be able to answer the phone right away. For information about lodging and restaurants, contact the city concierge staff at 800-537-7676.

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