Photography Policies

We are delighted that you are considering Five Rivers MetroParks as the location for your photos. The guidelines below are intended for all guests, but a permit is necessary for those who wish to use Five Rivers MetroParks for commercial photography. We ask all photographers to please help us to maintain the integrity of the parks by honoring these policies. They are intended to ensure that Five Rivers MetroParks can fulfill its mission of protecting the region’s natural heritage.


Photographs and videos are a wonderful way to remember your visit, and you are welcome to take pictures for your own enjoyment. You may share your photos and video of the parks on social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You need a photography permit if you plan to do any of the following:

  • produce imagery for sale;
  • be paid for your services to produce imagery within the parks;
  • produce film or photography for commercial, nonprofit, documentary, promotional, entertainment or educational purposes;
  • produce imagery that may be used for advertisement; or
  • use equipment, props, or models, even for noncommercial purposes, if activities might disrupt public use of MetroParks facilities.

All photographers must adhere to park rules and regulations, avoiding damage to the parks and disruption of other visitors or park activities.


All photographers and videographers conducting any of the aforementioned projects must have a valid photography permit per section 94.02 (9) of the Five Rivers MetroParks Code of Ordinances. A photography permit entitles the holder to take photographs or video in all public areas of Five Rivers MetroParks during open hours.

The fee for an annual photography permit is $100; the fee for a week-long permit is $25. You can apply and receive your permit online:

  • Week $25
  • Annual $100 (Permits are issued from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 and are effective for the calendar year in which they are purchased.)

Permits are NOT required for the following:

  • visitors engaged in filming or photography intended for personal use and enjoyment — including photography and videography for such occasions as weddings, proms and graduations
  • members of the news media (Contact Five Rivers MetroParks’ Public Information Office (937) 275-7275.)
  • photography or filming conducted as part of a cooperative agreement or contract with Five Rivers MetroParks


  • The image, logo and name of Five Rivers MetroParks are registered trademarks and may not be used by outside parties without permission.
  • Drone photography requires a separate permit per section 94.02 (11) of the Five Rivers MetroParks Code of Ordinances.
  • Moving or removing plants (inside or outside of a facility) or structures that are part of the park — such as benches, containers, displays, signs, fences, etc. — is prohibited.
  • No models or crew members may step in places other than on designated paths. Climbing or mounting equipment in trees or on buildings or other structures is not permitted.
  • All models and crew members must be fully and appropriately clothed; swimsuit photo shoots are not permitted. Those being photographed must arrive camera-ready, as there are no dressing rooms.
  • Use of electrical equipment, including additional lighting, will require a separate permit per section 94.02 (7) and (8) of the Five Rivers MetroParks Code of Ordinances. All cords or wires must be placed and guarded in a way that doesn’t alter the pathways and put park visitors at risk.
  • Photographers will be liable for their actions and those of clients, crew members and models.

Additional restrictions are listed on the photography permit application under Terms of Use and must be accepted before a permit will be issued.

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