Commercial filming and photography in national parks, recreation areas and forests

If you are a commercial filmmaker or photographer wanting to operate in a national park, recreation area or forest, you must apply for a Commercial Activity Permit (CAP) if:

  • you have a team of more than 10 people
  • or
  • you are using structures.

Commercial filming and photography involving 10 people or less:

  • does not require a CAP if you don't use structures
  • does require a CAP if you do use structures.

Note: A tripod used to support a camera or a simple bird hide large enough to shelter one person is not defined as a structure.

State plantation forests

If you only want to operate in a state plantation forest, you should apply to Hancock's Queensland Plantations for a permit.

If you want to operate in a state plantation forest and a national park, state forest or recreation area, you only need to apply to QPWS.

Before you apply

Book a free pre-lodgement meeting

You can request a free pre-lodgement meeting to:

  • discuss and develop your proposal
  • reduce assessment time frames
  • increase your chance of success.

Public liability insurance

Public liability insurance is required for filming and photography permit holders where there are more than 10 people or structures involved.

Commercial filming or photography involving 10 people or less:

  • does not require public liability insurance if you don't use structures
  • does require public liability insurance if you do use structures.

Check for parks alerts and closures

Check park alerts for any closures before you apply.

Applying for a CAP

You need to pay fees when you lodge your application form.

Fees for filming and photography - no structures

Fee Amount ($)
Application fee
1-10 people No permit or fee required
11 or more people 316.10
Permit fee (per day)
1-10 people No permit or fee required
11 or more people 158.60

Fees for filming and photography – structures involved

Fee Amount ($)
Application fee
1-5 people 158.60
6-25 people 786.00
26-50 people 1,579.00
51 or more people 3,170.00
Permit fee per day
1-5 people 158.60
6-25 people 786.00
26-50 people 1,579.00
51 or more people 3,170.00

Refunds policy

If your application is refused, your application fee will not be refunded. Your daily permit fees can be refunded.

Complying with permit conditions

For a 3-month permit, you must include the starting date and total number of days filming or photographing in your application, since upfront payment of the permit fee is required.

Return of operations

For permits with terms greater than 3 months, you must submit a filming and photography quarterly return of operations form within 20 business days of the end of the quarter (i.e. at the end of March, June, September and December). You must still submit a return, even if no filming or photography has occurred in a quarterly period. However, no fees will apply.

You can pay any fees due online by Visa or MasterCard. Alternatively, you can choose to be invoiced and then pay by BPay.

Notifications

Your permit conditions may require you to notify us before you enter a protected area for filming or photography. Please provide notice at least 7 days before entering the protected area.

Submit a notification

Camping fees

If your commercial activity involves overnight camping, you may need to pay camping fees in addition to your application fee and daily site fees.

Learn more about camping bookings.

Penalties for operating without a permit

It is an offence to conduct a commercial activity in a protected area without a permit.

If you or your business is found conducting a commercial activity in a protected area without a CAP, you may be issued with an infringement notice or prosecuted through the court system.


Last reviewed
September 8, 2014

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