When is a permit needed?
All commercial filming activities taking place within a unit of the National Park system require a permit. Commercial filming means the film, electronic, magnetic, digital, or other recording of a moving image by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience with the intent of generating income.
You should submit a completed application along with the application fee as far in advance of your planned date as possible. In addition, you should request a meeting with park staff if your proposed activity is unusual or complex. Early consultation with park staff will help them process the application in a timely manner once it is submitted.
What types of activities require a permit?
* Weddings and baptisms require a Special Use Permit.
* Photography of weddings/bridal/individuals require a Small Group Filming Permit
* Photography/Filming of a large scale require a Large Group Filming Permit
* All Commercial Use activities require a Commercial Use Permit
What fees will I have to pay?
The National Park Service is authorized to collect two fees: cost recovery and a location fee. Cost recovery includes an application fee which must be submitted with your application as well as a charge to cover the costs incurred by the National Park Service in processing your request and monitoring your permit.
In addition, the National Park Service has been directed by Congress to collect a fee to provide a fair return to the United States for the use of park lands.
Are there other permit requirements?
You will be required to obtain liability insurance (Commercial Use only) naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.
Last updated: July 12, 2017