Permits and Reservations

A family of 4 standing in front of stone wall with trees and garden in background at Weir Farm during a permitted photo session

Photographers and Family Portraits

Any portrait photography session (school photos, family portraits, engagement photos, maternity photos, etc.) requires a permit and must be arranged in advance. For sessions of up to 10 people and 2 cars, only the $50 application fee will be charged. Larger groups or sessions with more than two cars will be assessed additional cost recovery fees. Each individual session requires a permit. Multi-session permits where photographers coordinate mini-sessions for a half or full day will no longer be permitted due to limited parking/capacity. For questions or to check if dates/times are available for photo sessions call 203-834-1896 x37 or email e-mail us. Feel free to reach out to check availablility prior to filling out the application form.


A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest.

Weir Farm National Historic Site issues permits for a variety of special activities, including portrait photography sessions, comercial filming and photography, and more. The process is simple and the permit coordinator can be reached at 203-834-1896 ext. 13 or e-mail us for questions. Please contact the permit coordinator for more information or fill out the application below. The fee for a special use permit application is $50 and there may be additional cost recovery fees depending on the activity. Please note that the park does not permit weddings or similar events.

Commercial Filming/Still Photography
A commercial filming/still photography permit is required for any filming or photography involving models, sets, or props.

The National Park Service allows filming and photography when it is consistent with the protection and public enjoyment of park resources, and it avoids conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the park. There are restrictions associated with party size, the use of commercial vehicles, generators, artificial lighting, commercial film equipment, props, sets, and audio devices. Commercial vehicles must be in compliance with all federal and state laws and local ordinances.

Still Photography Fee Schedule:
1 - 10 people in 2 cars $50/session (application fee only)
11 - 30 people $150/session cost recovery plus $50 application fee
Over 30 people not permitted

Location Fees - Commercial Filming/Videos:
1 –2 people camera &tripod only $0/day plus $50 application fee
1 - 10 people $50/day plus $50 application fee
11 - 30 people $150/day plus $50 application fee
Over 30 people not permitted

How To Apply for a Special Use Permit or Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit
Complete application and mail to Kristin Lessard at the Park address found on the first page of the application or email to e-mail us. Allow AT LEAST 4 business days for processing (10 business days for First Amendment requests) of applications.

Completed application must be accompanied by an application fee in the form of a personal check, cashiers check or money order in the amount of $50.00 made payable to National Park Service. Please do not make checks out to Weir Farm National Historic Site. Application and administrative charges are non-refundable. A non-refundable processing fee should accompany the application unless the requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment right. Your permit may require the payment of cost recovery charges and proof of liability insurance naming the United States of America as also insured.


Tours of the Weir House will be filled by same-day registration only, first-come, first-served. One person may register for a maximum of four people (including themselves). Tour size is limited to 12 visitors. Registration will be managed at the Burlingham House Visitor Center. For more information read the section on Guided Tours. Groups of 8 or more can make advance reservations for a group tour by calling 203-834-1896 ext.11.


Last updated: September 5, 2020

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735 Nod Hill Road
Wilton, CT 06897


(203) 834-1896 x0

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