Commercial Filming and Photography

Changes to Commercial Filming Permits on Park Land

On January 22, 2021, the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Price v. Barr determining the permit and fee requirements applying to commercial filming under 54 USC 100905, 43 CFR Part 5, and 36 CFR Part 5.5 are unconstitutional. The National Park Service is currently determining how this decision will be implemented.

Following the recent court decision, the National Park Service will not be implementing or enforcing the commercial filming portions of 43 CFR Part 5 until further notice, including accepting applications, issuing permits, enforcing the terms and conditions of permits, issuing citations related to permits, or collecting cost recovery and location fees for commercial filming activities.

As regulations regarding commercial filming permits are being reassessed, those interested in commercial filming activities on land managed by the National Park Service are encouraged to contact the park directly for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and sensitive park resources.

Do I need a permit to film?

Currently, the National Park Service is not issuing commercial filming permits, but is in the process of evaluating how best to regulate filming activities that affect visitors and park resources. All applicable laws and regulations governing activities and public use in parks still apply, including park hours and areas open and closed to the public. Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, and other staff associated with commercial filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors still apply to filming activities even if no permit is needed for their activity. Check with the park staff for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips.

Still Photography

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:

  1. the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or
  2. 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
  3. a park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.

To Apply for a still photography permit, please complete an Application for Special Use Permit (NPS Form 10-930) - PDF

Submit it to the Office of Special Park Uses with no less than 30 days before the start date of the proposed activity to allow sufficient time for evaluation by the park staff. Include a check, money order, or call for credit card payment of $200 to cover non-refundable application costs. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the National Park Service. Location Fees are also required based on the number of crew and by days filming or photographing. Send the completed application to:

Office of Special Park Uses
Kenai Fjords National Park
P.O. Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664

What fees will I have to pay for a Still Photography permit?

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 fee schedule:
  • 1–10 people - $50/day
  • 11–30 people - $150/day
  • Over 30 people - $250/day

Exceptions

Generally, permits are not required for:

  • Visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for their own personal use.
  • NPS filming or photography, Department of the Interior Audiovisual Center filming or filming/photography done pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract.
  • News-gathering activities involving filming, videography or still photography at breaking news events. In these cases, the superintendent will still be required to protect park resources and the rights and safety of park visitors. News media wishing access for entertainment or scheduled purposes may require a permit. Please contact the Chief Ranger with any questions.

For more information: Contact the Chief Ranger by email or phone: (907) 422-0500.

Last updated: February 12, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1727
Seward , AK 99664

Phone:

907 422-0500

Contact Us

Stay Connected