Prince William Forest Park is a wonderful location for group gatherings, races, and photography and filming. However, some events may require resources outside of the park's normal operating procedures or are otherwise prohibited as part of regular visitation and recreation. In some cases, a Special Use Permit may be required for some activities to take place within the park. On this page you can find information about activities that require a permit and how to apply for a permit.
Activities That Require a Permit
The following are popular activities that require a permit. This is not a complete list. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about an event or activity that you wish to host at Prince William Forest Park.
Filming & Still Photography Permits
Are filmers required to pay fees or get a permit to film in parks?
Entrance fees are required to enter the park. Under federal law, all commercial filming that occurs within a unit of the National Park System requires a permit. Commercial filming includes 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. Examples include, but are not limited to, feature film, videography, and documentaries. Commercial filming may include the advertisement of a product or service, or the use of actors, models, sets, or props. More information can be found here.
When is a permit needed for still photography?
Still photographers require a permit only when:
Additional cost recovery fees may be associated with a Still Photography Special Use Permit if the activity requires additional park resources.
How To Obtain a Permit
Individuals or groups that wish to obtain a Special Use Permit or would like additional information, please contact the park's Permits Officer, Chief Ranger Brendan Bonner, at e-mail us or (703) 221-5845.
How much does a permit cost?
The application fee for a Special Use Permit is $120. Additional fees may be applied depending on the nature of the permit and any costs of recovery that may result from the permitted activity.
Last updated: December 3, 2022