16 U.S. Code § 460l–6d - Commercial filming

§ 460l–6d.
Commercial filming
(a) Commercial filming fee
(1) In generalThe Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture (hereafter individually referred to as the “Secretary” with respect to land (except land in a System unit as defined in section 100102 of title 54) under their respective jurisdictions) shall require a permit and shall establish a reasonable fee for commercial filming activities or similar projects on Federal land administered by the Secretary. The fee shall provide a fair return to the United States and shall be based on the following criteria:
(A)
The number of days the filming activity or similar project takes place on Federal land under the Secretary’s jurisdiction.
(B)
The size of the film crew present on Federal land under the Secretary’s jurisdiction.
(C)
The amount and type of equipment present.
(2) Other factors

The Secretary may include other factors in determining an appropriate fee as the Secretary considers necessary.

(b) Recovery of costs

The Secretary shall collect any costs incurred as a result of filming activities or similar project, including administrative and personnel costs. All costs recovered shall be in addition to the fee assessed in subsection (a).

(c) Still photography
(1) In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary shall not require a permit nor assess a fee for still photography on land administered by the Secretary if such photography takes place where members of the public are generally allowed. The Secretary may require a permit, fee, or both, if such photography takes place at other locations where members of the public are generally not allowed, or where additional administrative costs are likely.

(2) Exception

The Secretary shall require and shall establish a reasonable fee for still photography that uses models or props which are not a part of the site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities.

(d) Protection of resourcesThe Secretary shall not permit any filming, still photography or other related activity if the Secretary determines that—
(1)
there is a likelihood of resource damage;
(2)
there would be an unreasonable disruption of the public’s use and enjoyment of the site; or
(3)
the activity poses health or safety risks to the public.
(e) Use of proceeds
(1) Fees

All fees collected under this section shall be available for expenditure by the Secretary, without further appropriation and shall remain available until expended.

(2) Costs

All costs recovered under this section shall be available for expenditure by the Secretary, without further appropriation, at the site where the costs are collected and shall remain available until expended.

(f) Processing of permit applications

The Secretary shall establish a process to ensure that the Secretary responds in a timely manner to permit applicants for commercial filming, still photography, or other activity.

(Pub. L. 106–206, § 1, May 26, 2000, 114 Stat. 314; Pub. L. 113–287, §§ 4(c), 7, Dec. 19, 2014, 128 Stat. 3261, 3272.)
Repeals

Section repealed by Pub. L. 113–287, § 7, Dec. 19, 2014, 128 Stat. 3272, insofar as applicable to the National Park System. See section 100905 of Title 54, National Park Service and Related Programs.

Codification

Section was not enacted as part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965.

Amendments

2014—Pub. L. 113–287, § 4(c), amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to commercial filming with respect to lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.

 

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