Permits

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 CFR Part 5 are unconstitutional. Following this 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.
This means that at this time commercial filming at National Park sites no longer require permits if the filming taking place poses no threat to natural, cultural, or historical resources and does not impede on other visitors rights to access to the site.

Still Photography

Price v. Barr had no impact on how the National Park Service regulates still photography, so there are no changes in how the National Park Service regulates that activity. Still photographers require a permit only when:

  1. the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or
  2. the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
  3. a park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.

Learn more information about Filming & Still Photography Permits here.

Permits for the National Parks of New York Harbor

Should your activity require a permit the necessary permits for each unit of the National Parks of New York Harbor may be requested through the following means:

Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island:
Permit Office
212-363-3206, Ext. 107
E-mail us.

Gateway National Recreation Area:
Permit Information.

Castle Clinton National Monument:

Permit Office
212-825-6990
e-mail us

Federal Hall National Memorial:
Permit Office
212-825-6990
e-mail us

General Grant National Memorial:
Permit Office
212-825-6990
e-mail us

Hamilton Grange National Memorial:
Permit Office
212-825-6990
e-mail us

St. Paul's Church National Historic Site:
Permit Office
212-825-6990
e-mail us

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site:
Permit Office
212-825-6990
e-mail us

African Burial Ground National Monument:
Permit Office
212-825-6990
e-mail us

Last updated: June 11, 2021

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