If you enjoy photography, DuPage forest preserves offer scenic landscapes and abundant plants and animals to capture that perfect shot for amateur photographers. Commercial and “for profit” photography require a valid still portrait photography permit in your possession.



To purchase a photography permit, call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You are required to carry proof of insurance and must complete and return the still portrait photography permit application (PDF). Please allow three to five business days for processing. 



Fees are nonrefundable, and permits are nontransferable. Annual permits are valid January – December only.

DuPage resident or studio or agency office in DuPage
Annual permit     $150
One-time permit (maximum three hours)          $45 

All other photographers
Annual      $200
One-time permit (maximum three hours)          $65


Still Portrait Rules & Regulations

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, you must follow these rules and regulations, which the Forest Preserve District may change at any time.

  • Carry your permit with you during any for-profit photo shoot, and present your permit to a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County agent for inspection if requested.
  • Notify Visitor Services of upcoming photo shoots at least three business days in advance. Shoots should take place during regular forest preserve hours (one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset). The Forest Preserve District may prohibit a shoot if you do not provide additional requested information or if the shoot might conflict with previously scheduled activities, damage property, affect other forest preserve visitors, or use restricted areas. It may also restrict the number of people in a shoot or the use of models, sets or props.
  • Do not block roads or parking lots or prevent other forest preserve visitors from accessing any areas. Your permit does not grant you exclusive use of an area.
  • Do not disrupt Forest Preserve District employees or ask them to deviate from their normal duties to accommodate your shoot.
  • Only photograph contracted participants; do not photograph other forest preserve visitors or Forest Preserve District employees or vehicles.
  • Do not solicit, advertise or collect fees on Forest Preserve District property.

By agreeing to the rules and regulations on your permit application you agree to abide by them as well as all Forest Preserve District ordinances and administrative orders and state statutes. You understand, too, that the Forest Preserve District may fine you or revoke your permit without refunding your permit fee if you supply false information on your application or fail to comply with any rules, regulations, ordinances, orders or statutes.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!

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