It is the policy of the National Park Service to allow filming, photography, or special events when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources.

Here at Klondike-Seattle, there are two general types of permits that cover a variety of needs: Special Use Permit and Film & Photography Permit. Please contact the Visitor Center to learn more about the application process and requirements.

Special Use Permits

A Special Use Permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large and for activities that require some degree of management by the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest.

Film & Photography Permits

All commercial filming requires a permit. Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. It does not include coverage of breaking news or visitor filming for private use.

Still Photography
Private individuals engaged in still photography for their own personal use and enjoyment generally do not need a film permit. Commercial still photography may be exempt, unless it involves product or service advertisement; or the use of models, sets, or props; or when there is a potential for resource damage or disruption of visitor activities.


In addition to the application fee ($25, non-refundable), other fees may be charged. Please allow two weeks for the processing of permit applications.

A National Park Service employee may be assigned as an on-site monitor for the project or an employee may spot-check activities to ensure adherence to the conditions of the permit and to rules and regulations. The permittee will be billed for all costs incurred including employee overtime. A performance bond may be required and will be returned if no resource damage occurs and no cleanup is needed.

Commercial filming and photography are also subject to location fees. Most projects require a certificate of insurance issued by a United States company showing general liability coverage and naming the United States Government, National Park Service as an additional insured. The usual minimum amount of insurance is one million dollars, but the required amount may be increased for certain high-risk situations.

Last updated: April 10, 2017

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