You’ve probably thought about how to obtain a DC photography permit if you’re planning a wedding in the district. A permit is required when shooting at any of monuments on the National Mall, as well as most other parks and public locations in DC. In this post, I’ll be explaining why permits are important, who needs one, how to obtain it, and additionally how to handle it during your session.
You should always obtain a permit if you are paying a professional photographer for their time. The National Park Service (NPS) owns most public land in DC and patrols it regularly. You’re likely to be stopped and asked to show your permit to a patrol officer if they see your photographer working. Furthermore, if you don’t have one, you’ll be asked to leave or even fined. Not a great way to spend your paid session if you ask me!
Be sure you apply for the permit at least 2-3 weeks before the session date. For a wedding, I’d even apply sooner! The NPS accepts photography permit applications via snail mail, but the process is very efficient. Here are the steps you need to take:
The permit itself costs $50, but there is a $90 fee you’ll need to send in with your application. In total, you’ll pay $140 each time you apply for a permit. If you expect rain or bad weather on your session date, contact the representative who issued your permit ASAP to change the date. Make sure your backup date is confirmed with your photographer before doing this!
To conclude, I hope this post has successfully explained the permit application process for anyone planning to have photos taken in the district. Don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below if you have questions, I’m here to help!
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