Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

Commercial Use Permits - Filming in Fairfax County Parks

Fairfax County Park Authority

Public Information Office
The Herrity Building, 9th Floor
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927
Fairfax, VA 22035
Phone: 703-324-8700 or 703-324-8662
Fax: 703-324-3974

Fairfax County offers a rich variety of landscapes from which to choose - from the lake fronts and rivers to farmland and wetlands to forests and fields. You will also find architecture that spans the centuries from colonial to modern as well as recreational facilities including golf courses, tennis courts, pools and sprayparks.

All professional videographers are required to obtain a commercial use permit. With the permit you will have a scheduled use of the park area, avoiding conflicts with other groups and events.

How to Apply for a Commercial Use Permit

  • Complete the Commercial Use of Parkland Permit Application. Submit the completed application by email or fax.
  • Your request will be reviewed for approval and you will be notified to forward applicable fees.
  • Payment must be received prior to issuance of the permit. Payments may be made by check or credit card by mail, or in person at the Public Information Office during regular business hours. Credit card payments may also be made by telephone. Please do not email credit card information.
  • Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email that will serve as your permit. Please bring your confirmation email with you to your filming session.
Permits are issued by the Public Information Office (PIO). Please allow five business days to process the application and fees.

The per day rate is $350 per day (or any portion) plus $35 per hour per FCPA staff member required to work during the shoot.

The nonprofit commercial use fee is $100 per day.

Facility Rental rates vary by location.
Additional charges may be applicable as determined by FCPA PIO.

Note:All professional videographers conducting business on FCPA property or in FCPA facilities must obtain a commercial use permit and submit appropriate fees in advance.

Other park use permits for shelters, business activity licenses, and more may be obtained at Park Use Permits.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at:
Phone: 703-324-8702 or 703-324-8662

FCPA does not provide staff to open the spaces in off hours or monitor the shoot which must take place during site operation hours.

Why Film at Fairfax County Parks?

Just wanted to follow up with you and thank you again for all of your help in setting up the National Geographic shoot at Frying Pan! We had a wonderful time there last week and got some great footage. [Frying Pan Farm Park Staff] were so accommodating and generous with their time.

Colby Hartburg, Writer/Producer National Geographic Channel

I work with clients and locations all over the country. This month, I had the opportunity to work with members of the Fairfax County Park Authority staff for a shoot with one of our clients.

I have to tell you that my work with your staff was one of the best experiences I’ve had setting up locations for video shoots. [The staff] were awesome to work with. They have great attitudes, were very responsive and flexible, and helped me put together two shoots in a very quick time frame, so that I could be responsive to my client’s demands. Their help was invaluable in making sure we could do what we needed on a very compressed schedule.

[Staff at Lake Fairfax Park] was also great to work with. He was very accommodating and gave us wide latitude on filming days, but checked in periodically to make sure everything was okay and see if there was anything we needed.

My experience with the Park Authority was outstanding and I will certainly be recommending Fairfax County Park Authority as a location partner to my colleagues, both here at VIVA Creative, and in the wider DC metro area video production community.


Kerri Sheehan, Producer VIVA Creative
Fairfax Virtual Assistant