Deadlines for permits
To help protect park resources and to assist commercial film applicants as comprehensively as possible, permit deadlines have been established. Please note that all permit fees need to be paid and all initial paperwork completed before the permits will be considered. (See permit information below.) It is highly recommended to start the permitting process early as practical.
Please note changes to permit deadlines:
Starting January 2018: for summer/fall 2018, permits and associated fees must be submitted at least 60 days in advance.
Starting January 1, 2019, the following permit deadlines will be in place:
- For spring/summer filming (May through September) – initial application & application fee due by April 1, proof of insurance and Wilderness Questionnaire* by April 15.
- For Fall/Winter filming (October through April) – initial application and application fee due by August 1, proof of insurance and Wilderness Questionnaire* by August 15.
There are two types of applications:
- Form 10-931 is the short application. This can be used when the production is 1-2 days in duration with cast and crew fewer than 5.
- Form 10-932 is the longer application. This must be used when the production is more than 2 days in duration, requires multiple locations, and utilizes talent and/or cast/crew/support staff is greater than 5.
Location fees as well as cost of recovery fees will be charged. These fees are dependent on the size of the production and the number of days filming takes place in the park. Payment forms can be found on pay.gov for filming location fees and filming permit fees.
Special stipulations for commercial filming at Katmai include (but are not limited to):
- Group size cannot exceed 15 people total (12 total for Brooks Camp)
- Backcountry camping restrictions are 14 days in any one location and food storage and human waste removal requirements must be met
- Brooks Camp campground is available only by reservation and stay limits are imposed throughout the summer
- Same rules apply to commercial film groups as apply to park visitors. See the rules and regulations on the Katmai Webpage www.nps.gov/katm.
- Government facilities (buildings, vehicles, networks, electricity, etc.) cannot be used in support of commercial operations
- Helicopter use requires a separate permit
- Drone use is not permitted
Filming at Brooks Camp
Brooks Camp is a very popular place for both park visitors and film crews. Due to limited facilities, impacts to the park visitor’s experiences are taken into consideration when commercial film permits are being evaluated.
Other things to take into consideration if you are thinking about filming at Brooks Camp:
- Lodging and other overnight facilities are usually booked far in advance.
- July is the busiest time of the year and film productions will have a large impact on the visitor experience.
- Film monitors are required to minimize interference with visitor activities, and the cost of the monitor is the responsibility of the production company.
- Due to limited space on the Falls Platforms, no tripod use is permitted during from mid-June to mid-August, and the NPS reserves the right to restrict tripod use during other periods of time.