Redwood National and State Park is frequently (and understandably!) sought after by filmmakers and photographers for use in a variety of commercial productions. Indeed, you've probably seen the parks featured in television programs, movies, and print publications: you may recognize a grove of old-growth coast redwoods or a stretch of scenic coastline as a backdrop for actors and models. The National Park Service (NPS) and California Department of Park and Recreation (CDPR) permit commercial filming and photography within Redwood National and State Parks to the fullest extent possible, consistent with the protection of the park resources and visitor enjoyment.
Who Needs a Permit?
A Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit is required for:
With the exception of location fees (charged for filming on NPS lands-see below), the following regulations apply to film permits for commercial activities on both state and national park lands in Redwood National and State Parks.
In Redwood National and State Parks, permits are issued under the following standards:
Location Fee Schedule
How To Apply
Please allow at least four (4) business days for processing. A non-refundable processing fee should accompany this application unless the requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment right. You will be notified of the disposition of the application and necessary steps to secure your final permit. Your permit may require the payment of cost recovery charges, a location fee, and proof of liability naming United States of America as also insured.
For more information, please contact the Special Park Use Coordinator at 707-465-7307.
Last updated: November 21, 2017