Photography Permits

When is a permit needed?

Price v. Barr had no impact on how the National Park Service regulates still photography, so there are no changes in how the National Park Service regulates that activity. Still photographers require a permit only when:

  • the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or

  • the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or

  • a park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.

 

How do I apply for a permit?

Permit applications are available online below. Send a completed application along with the application fee as far in advance of your planned date as possible to:

Tule Lake National Monument

PO Box 1240

Tulelake, CA 96134

Attn: Special Use Application

In addition, you should request a meeting with park staff if your proposed activity is unusual or complex. Early consultation with park staff will help them process the submitted application in a timely manner.

Still Photography Short Form

Still Photography Long Form

 

What fees will I have to pay?

The National Park Service will collect a cost recovery charge and a location fee for still photography permits. Cost recovery includes an application fee and any additional charges to cover the costs incurred by the National Park Service in processing your request and monitoring your permit. This amount will vary depending on the park and the size and complexity of your permit. The application fee must be submitted with your application.

In addition, the National Park Service has been directed by Congress to collect a fee to provide a fair return to the United States for the use of park lands. The National Park Service uses the following still photography fee schedule:

  • 1–10 people - $50/day

  • 11–30 people - $150/day

  • Over 30 people - $250/day

 

Are there other permit requirements?

You may be required to obtain liability insurance naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure the payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.

Last updated: May 23, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake , CA 96134

Phone:

(530) 260-0537
or call 5306678113 for the Lava Beds National Monument Visitor Center.

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