Commercial Filming & Photography

Guidelines For Filming/Photography Permits

"…to set apart and preserve for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people the ruins of prehistoric Indian pueblos and associated seventeenth century Franciscan Spanish mission ruins…"

SalinasPuebloMissionsNational Monument enabling legislation "Public Law 96-550; Title VI; Sec. 601"

Background: It is the policy of SalinasPuebloMissionsNational Monument to allow filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources. SalinasPuebloMissionsNational Monument and the National Park Service (NPS) has the authority and responsibility to manage, permit and/or deny filming projects within the Park. Therefore primary consideration for granting a filming/photography permit will be given to potential resource damage and to anticipated disruption of normal visitor use.

A permit is required if the filming, video taping, sound recording or still photography involves products or service advertisement. Further, a permit is required for the use of models, talent, sets, props, or when the filming, video taping, sound recording, or still photography could result in damage to park resources, could be a significant disruption of normal visitor use, or is requested within closed areas or outside of normal hours or operation.

The following guidelines are established by the Superintendent ofSalinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.

Generally, permits are not required for:

1. Film, video, or still photography involving five or fewer people, using only hand-carried and self-contained equipment, working in areas normally open for public use, and completing their park use during normal park operating hours, unless the project includes models, talent, sets, props, product endorsement or advertising.

2. Sound technicians, and film or video news crews at news worthy or news making events.

3. NPS filming or photography, Department of the InteriorAudiovisualCenter filming or filming/photography done pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract.

A request for filming/photography permit may be denied if:

· in the opinion of the Superintendent or his/her designee, damage to a resource is anticipated, and such damage cannot be mitigated to their satisfaction.

· it is determined that supervisory/monitoring requirements for the proposed project will place unreasonable burdens on staff capacity, irrespective of the permittee's willingness to pay these costs.

· the proposed project will conflict with the public's normal use of the monument, or with normal park operations, and a resolution cannot be negotiated to minimize the impact .

· the request includes entry into areas closed to the general visiting public, or which would allow activities not permitted to the average visitor.

Permitting Process

1. Application: To apply for a permit, complete the form 10-931 (updated 02/02/2017) and submit it to the Superintendent, SalinasPuebloMissionsNational Monument allowing sufficient time for evaluation by the park staff before the start date for your activity in the park. Enclose your check or money order for $100.00 to cover the non-refundable application costs, along with your Tax Payer ID# or Social Security #. We can not process your application without these two items.

Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application therefore you are encouraged to attach maps, diagrams, script pages or storyboards to assist the park staff in evaluating your request. Most requests can be processed within seven (7) working days. Requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require a minimum of fourteen (14) working days to process.

Projects which require environmental or cultural resource evaluation must be submitted not less than thirty (30) days before the start of proposed activities. All costs of evaluating these request will be billed to the applicant, whether a permit is issued or not.

For all filming projects, a minimum daily charge of $150.00 will be assessed to recover expenses incurred by the NPS. This will include up to three hours of NPS supervision. Activities which extend beyond three hours per day will be charged an additional $50.00 per hour. Days and hours will not be prorated. Any portion of a day under three hours will be charged a the $150.00 minimum. NPS supervision outside of regular business hours will be charged at $75.00 per hour. Additional costs incurred by NPS in conjunction with accommodating the permitted activity will also be reimbursed by the permittee. Administrative costs and estimated costs for activities on site will be calculated and must be paid when the permit is approved. If any additional costs are incurred, the permittee will be billed at the conclusion of the permit.

2. Conference/Site Scouting will be scheduled with the park's permit coordinator and the potential permittee after the application has been received and reviewed. A visit to all potential filming sites in the park will usually be made at this time. By the end of the meeting, the permit coordinator should have enough information to prepare the permit once the project has been approved. The completed permit will detail the activities and locations to be authorized. Any activities not specified in the permit will not be allowed. No activities on NPS property may begin until the permit has been approved by the park and agreed to by the permittee and signed by both parties.

3. Insurance Requirements: For all filming project, general liability insurance must be carried by the permittee showing the U. S. Government as additionally insured. Short-term policies must show coverage on "occurrence" basis. The minimum amount of commercial liability insurance is $1,000,000.00. Additional amounts may be required for high-risk activities.

4. Performance Bonds Requirements:The purpose of the bond is to insure that the resource is left in as good condition as it was prior to the filming, and to cover restoration costs. Generally, bonds will be required for all filming projects in amounts at least equal to the estimated cost to the Government for clean up and/or restoration that would be necessary if the permittee failed to meet NPS permit conditions. A performance bond may come in various forms, for example a cashiers check, certified check, irrevocable terms of credit, or similar negotiable instruments, paid for by the permittee/production company to cover resource damage resulting from the activities of the permittee.

a. A bond may also be used to recover NPS costs (administrative, monitoring and/or management) only if the Superintendent specifies it as a condition of the permit.

b. The bonding instrument must provide the Superintendent with immediate access to the funds when needed.

Use of the Bond

Those bond amounts, paid in advance, are deposited into a designated park account upon receipt. Should the permittee fail to perform any part of the necessary clean-up or restoration, or fail to reimburse SalinasPuebloMissionsNational Monument for costs associated with the permit, the account will be used to make any payments necessary. Any remaining balance will be returned to the permittee. If the bond is insufficient to cover costs the permittee will be issued a bill for collection for the amount of the deficit. Funds from bonds, including letters of credit, shall be withdrawn only in the amount owed to the NPS. A bond will never to be used as a penalty.

Permit Conditions and Restrictions

A filming or photography permit does not allow the permittee to restrict park visitors from any location. Normal visitor use patterns will not be interrupted for longer than five minutes,and only as specified in the approved permit. Film/photography permit activities may not occur simultaneously with other permitted activities or unduly conflict with scheduled public activities. Visitors will be allowed to watch filming.

For more complex permit operations, or for activities which require coordination with other visitor use, and for those which are perceived to have the potential to impact park resources without proper supervision and care, at least one employee of the Park Service will be assigned to the film/photography crew.

Restriction and Conditions will be enumerated in the permit. The following activities are restricted and must be approved on a case by case basis: 1) use of children or animals, 2) discharge of blank ammunition, 3) mechanical or pyrotechnic special effects, 4) stunts, 5) amplified music or sound, 6) placing of large set dressings, 7) filming/photography inside interiors of government administrative work areas, 8) film equipment or activities on roadways, 9) access to closed areas or access to areas during non-visitor use hours. The permit will specify the number of people and the exact types of equipment allowed. Activities not specified in the permit will not be allowed Please note that the permit does not include authority to film or photograph individuals -- model releases are the responsibility of the permittee.

Prohibited Activities having the potential to damage or significantly impact or alter park resources are prohibited. The following are also prohibited: 1) altering, damaging or removing vegetation, 2) vehicle use off established roads and parking areas, 3) use of insecticides, herbicides and pesticides, 4) smoking in buildings or in vegetated areas,

5) use of fragile vegetation areas, except on trails or already disturbed areas (as determined by NPS), 6) flying aircraft below FAA recommended minimum altitude (usually 2,000 feet) or landing of aircraft, 7) writing on or discoloring any natural feature or structure.

Harassment of wildlife is prohibited by law. Filming of wildlife is permitted as long as there is NO disturbance, feeding, teasing, or manipulation of resident or free-roaming animals. Wildlife captured elsewhere may NOT be used in any in-park filming, whether trained or not.

Termination of Permit

All filming or photography permits issued by the National Park Service are "revocable" on 24 hours notice, or WITHOUT NOTICE if the terms of the permit are violated. Deliberate infractions of the terms of the filming permit or the deliberate making of false or misleading statements concerning intended actions in order to obtain a permit are causes for immediate termination of the permit. Permits will be revoked if damage to resources or facilities is threatened, of if there is a clear danger to public health or safety.

Any request for additional information should be directed to:

SalinasPueblo Missions

National Monument

P.O. Box 517

Mountainair, NM87036

Attn: Special Use Permit Coordinator

Phone: (505) 847-2585

Fax: (505) 847-2441

Last updated: February 2, 2017

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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
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