Proposed photography permit by the city of Colorado Springs causes confusion

Photo from Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs by Larry Marr.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The city of Colorado Springs parks department is considering a new annual permit for commercial photographers, sparking some questions over who would have to pay the yearly fee.

"There has been a lot of confusion circulating about commercial photography permits in Garden of the Gods Park," the parks department wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, "At this time, commercial photo or video projects where the final product is for the customer’s personal use do NOT require a permit. This includes weddings, engagement photos, graduation photos, etc."

The permit is aimed at "photographers who profit from use of the park," according to the social media post.

"Though not final, the permit fee under consideration is $500 a year and will include all city parks, including Garden of the Gods," the post reads. "A photo permit for city parks NOT including Garden of the Gods is proposed to be $250 [per] year. Over the last week, we’ve heard concerns from the photography community regarding this structure."

Other commercial uses such as bus tours, guided rock climbing, guided walks, hikes, rentals and workshops require a permit. Click here for more details on permits.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is asking for feedback on the proposed photo and video permit and is asking the public to email