Living in the State of Washington presents many great opportunities of outdoor enjoyment. One of those is the ability to have beautiful trails, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and forests right in your back yard for you to photograph or use as a backdrop to your photography sessions with clients. If you’re a photographer in this state you need to be aware of what and where you’re allowed to photograph.
The State of Washington is home to 186 State parks. Per Washington Administrative Code (Chapter 352-74) filming and photography permits are required for commercial filming, professional still photography, and education filming and photography at Washington state parks. The permit fee is $100 if purchased seven days or more prior to the date you plan to film or take photos. The permit fee is $200 if purchased less than seven days prior to the date you plan to film or take photos. A damage deposit, bond, or insurance binder is required and additional fees will apply depending on the project.
To apply for filming and photography permits you need to complete the Film Permit Application or the Professional Photographer Permit and contact the geographically appropriate region office listed on the Washington State Parks website.
A Discover Pass is required when you choose to access state parks via your vehicle. This is for state parks managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. As of July 2015, an annual pass will cost you $30 (good for one year form the date of purchase), or a one-day pass will cost you $10. There are a few exemptions to the Discover pass including Discover Pass free days. You can click here to view additional information.
It’s always a good idea to check online for the most updated and accurate information. To remain a credible business in your industry you should always practice your business with integrity and legality. Being knowledgeable about how to perform your business within state and federal guidelines is a must to show credibility in your industry.
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