A Special Use Permit for Commercial Filming/Still Photography is required by 36 CFR Section 5.5 for activities providing a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than to the public at large. These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is:
- the potential to interfere with usual visitor use patterns.
- congestion of highly visited areas such as the Osceola Landing and Picnic Area.
- possible impact on park resources.
Special use permits for commercial filming/still photography must be obtained in advance and a fee may or may not be charged depending on the activity. Permit fees are non-refundable and include the cost of permit processing and monitoring of the event. If resources are damaged or trash is left, additional fees may be charged.
Step 1 – Determine if your activity needs a permit.
Below is short list of example special events and activities which would require a Special Use Permit for Commercial Filming/Still Photography. It is not a complete list. Please contact the Permit Office, 715-483-2244, to determine if your potential event will need a permit.
- Professional or commercial photography, still
- Professional or commercial photography, moving
- Feature films
- Television programs or commercials
- Music videos
- Use of talent (e.g., paid models)
- Use of tripod or other props
- Use of speakers
Step 2 – Fill out the Special Use Permit application (Form 10-932 long form).
Fill out the Special Use Permit for Commercial Filming/Still Photography. Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to download files. Make sure to provide an original signature, and either mail in the original document or scan and email it to the Special Use Permit Coordinator. Unsigned documents will be returned to the requesting party, and may delay the processing time needed to issue a final permit.
When completing the application, you will need to identify a location. If your location requires use of the Osceola picnic shelter(s), please indicate as such in the project/program description. If your application is approved, the reservation for the specific shelter(s) you indicated on the application form will be reserved for you. Confirmation and final permit of the shelter reservation will be distributed to you, but it may arrive ahead of your final SUP paperwork.
The following locations are areas permitted for use under the SUP program:
- Any section of the Namekagon or St Croix rivers between Namekagon Dam to Riverside, Gordon Dam to Riverside, and Riverside to Boom Site, Stillwater, MN
- NPS-owned landings (e.g., Osceola Landing) or its adjacent facilities
- Auditorium or meeting room spaces
- Parking lots
- Picnic shelters