Facilities Closed As a public health precaution, facilities including visitor center, lighthouse, history house, etc at Gateway National Recreation Area, are temporarily closed until further notice, for the safety of staff and visitors. The park is open.
Updates will be posted to the park website, www.nps.gov/gate, and on Twitter and Facebook: @GatewayNPS
We are accepting film permit applications. Please call us at 732-872-5862 for more information.
Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook is located on a barrier beach peninsula on the Northeast tip of the New Jersey shore. Located at the entrance of New York Harbor, it had significant importance in coastal defense throughout history. Sandy Hook's unique location and history allows visitors to engage in a variety of recreational activities and in turn allows for unique filming opportunities. Visitors enjoy beaches, hiking trails, fishing, camping, biking, boating, picnicking, and visiting historic Fort Hancock.
This website is for those who wish to conduct filming or still photography within Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit and provides different location ideas. Filming and still photography within a National Park requires approval to some degree.
The Price V. Barr court case impacted how the National Park Service handles filming activities in parks. Rather than determining if a filming activity is commercial versus non-commercial, we assess the impact the activity will have on resources and visitors.
“Low-impact filming’ is defined as outdoor filming activities in areas open to the public, except areas managed as wilderness, involving five people or less and equipment that will be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold cameras. Those participating in low-impact filming activities do not need a permit and are not required to contact the park in advance. If low-impact filmers have questions about areas where they want to film, they should contact the park directly.
Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, news and other staff associated with filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors, including park hours and closed areas, still apply to filming activities even if a permit is not required. Check with the park staff for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips.
Filming activities that do not meet the description of low-impact filming require at least ten days advance notice to the National Park Service by contacting the park directly in writing. The park’s superintendent will determine whether the filming activities will require a special use permit for filming. Based on the information provided, a permit may be required to:
Examples of requests that may require a permit include, but are not limited to: entering a sensitive resource area, filming in areas that require tickets to enter, or filming in visitor centers, campgrounds, or other visitor areas. The decision to require a permit rests with the park superintendent based on potential impacts to park resources or the visitor experience.
Contact the park directly if unsure whether or not a filming activity is considered low-impact or may require a permit.
The National Park Service manages and protects more than 70 million acres of park lands and waters as wilderness areas. These areas have additional laws and policies to preserve their wilderness character for future generations. Filming activities in wilderness areas must follow all applicable laws and regulations that govern wilderness areas in the park, including prohibitions on structures, installations, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, motorized equipment, motorboats, or landing of aircrafts.
Except for casual filming by visitors, special use permits for filming are required for all filming activities in wilderness areas, no matter the group size or equipment used.
The National Park Service is not collecting application or location fees, or cost recovery for filming activities.
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:
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