It is the policy of the National Park Service to allow filming and photography consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources. Therefore, the primary consideration in the evaluation of permit requests in Olympic National Park is the potential for resource damage and the disruption of normal visitor use.
Permits are not generally required for:
- Visitors engaged in filming/photography intended for their personal use and enjoyment;
- The filming of a breaking news event by news crews;
- Filming conducted pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract with the National Park Service.
A request for a filming or photography permit may be denied if:
- The requested activity represents a potential for an adverse impact on the parks natural, cultural, wilderness or recreational resources or the visitor experience, or poses health or safety risks
- The requirements for supervising the project exceed the staffing capacity of the affected park
- The applicant fails to obtain insurance/bonding, or to agree to pay assessed cost recovery
- The request includes entry into areas closed to the visiting public or activities not permitted to the average park visitor
Those interested in commercial filming activities on land managed by the National Park Service are encouraged to contact the park directly for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and sensitive park resources.
For more information about photography and filming, e-mail us or write to c/o Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362