Commercial Still Photography

Still photography means the capturing of a still image on film or in a digital format.

Still photography does not require a permit unless:

  1. It uses a model, set, or prop as defined below, or
  2. The agency determines a permit is necessary because the agency would incur costs for providing on-site management and oversight to protect agency resources or minimize visitor use conflicts.

Model means a person or object that serves as the subject for commercial filming or still photography for the purpose of promoting the sale or use of a product or service. Models include, but are not limited to, individuals, animals, or inanimate objects, such as vehicles, boats, articles of clothing, and food and beverage products, placed on agency lands so that they may be filmed or photographed to promote the sale or use of a product or service. For the purposes of this part, portrait subjects such as wedding parties and high school graduates are not considered models, if the image will not be used to promote or sell a product or service.

Sets and props means items constructed or placed on agency lands to facilitate commercial still photography. Sets and props also include trained animals and inanimate objects, such as camping equipment, campfires, wagons, and so forth, when used to stage a specific scene. The use of a camera on a tripod, without the use of any other equipment, is not considered a prop.

What expenses will I incur?

There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
You must also pay a location fee and reimburse us for expenses that we incur.

Location Fee Schedule:

  • 1 to 10 people - $50 per day
  • 11 to 30 people - $150 per day
  • Over 30 people - $250 per day

The location fee charged is in lieu of any entrance or other special use fees.

How long will it take to process my request?

It usually takes four weeks to process an application.

Please submit an
Application for a Commercial Still Photography Permit.

For more information, please contact:
Whiskeytown Special Park Uses Coordinator
Dave Keltner
(530) 242-3413

Last updated: September 29, 2021

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P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


530 242-3400

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