Fairfx Co. Public Hearing on Photo Fees

Read the full article here at  Exposed DC
This is a guest post by Kat Forder; she owns a portrait studio outside of Baltimore, Md.

Next Wednesday, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board will meet to hear public opinion on photography permit fees. These fees are uniquely applied to photographers in public parks – no other businesses or individuals using public parks are charged a special fee – and Fairfax is the only Virginia county to implement such a fee.

This is the last meeting they will hold before voting whether or not to continue requiring photographers to pay permit fees in all Fairfax County Parks. The rate is currently $100 per use in any public park, but the county has new proposed fees which have not yet been made public.

Local photographers also completely understand and support private entities that are charging fees for use of their own green spaces. Maintaining outdoor spaces is a necessary and vital community and public service. However, Fairfax County’s published list of “comparable” parks used for justification of the fees includes only privately held parks or parks that require admission. No public/free park in Virginia or elsewhere is included in their analysis, and they have offered no response when notified of this apples to orange comparison.

Many of us continue to advocate for a permit process that is reasonable, and serves everyone’s needs, but these issues need to be addressed by the county.

Meeting details:

Event Date:    Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time:    7:00 PM
Location:    Herrity Building – Rooms 106/107, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
Can’t attend the meeting? Contact a representative:

If you’d like to avoid writing directly to an official’s inbox, send your note to permits.fees@gmail.com and we’ll make sure they are all delivered.

General inbox: Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov

Supervisor John Cook: braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov

John Cook’s Chief of Staff, Kiel Stone: Kiel.Stone@fairfaxcounty.gov

Chairman Sharon Bulova: chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov

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