Who needs a permit?
Most filming and still photography activities require a permit or commercial use authorization. The exceptions are for news coverage and the average park visitor recording their trip — these activities do not require a permit.
Things to know
When will filming not be permitted?
How to apply for a permit?
Depending on the complexity of your commercial still photo shoot or filming plan, you will need to choose between two forms, the Short Filming/Photography Form and the Long Filming/Photography Form.
The Short Filming/Photography Form is acceptable for most uses.
The Long Filming/Photography Form should be used in cases where a large infrastructure is required (major motion picture filming, etc.)
What does it cost to get a permit or authorization?
Commercial filming and still photography permit applications and the commercial use authorization application require a $75 application fee paid by check or money order made out to the National Park Service. Additional location and cost recovery fees may apply for commercial filming and commercial still photography permits. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Last updated: February 14, 2023