A Photography Permit is required for all types of posed and/or professional photography. This includes, but is not limited to: family photos, engagement photos, sweet 16 photos, and wedding photographs.


  • The 2021 Application must be completed no later than 1 week prior to the requested date
  • Photography is permitted outdoors only. Permits are rain or shine.
  • The fee for a photography permit is $250 for 1.5 hours.  The first session starts at 11:00 AM and the last session will start at 2:00 PM.
  • Sessions are given out on a first come first serve basis with no guarantee that the requested session will be available at the time of application. 
  • Permits may be limited on holidays and holiday weekends, or when other special events are scheduled in the park which may impact facility use.
  • On the permit date, all cars and limousines must pay $8 Vehicle Use Fee (VUF) when entering the arboretum. The photography permit does NOT include the $8 VUF fee into the arboretum.  (Only 2 limos per group please)
  • Buses require an additional permit fee of $75. Download Bus Permit Application here.
  • All vehicles must park in the Visitors Parking Lot. Parking is not permitted on the grass or alongside any roads within the arboretum.
  • The permittee may not obstruct or interfere with the free flow of pedestrians or vehicular traffic nor may they interfere with the use of the premises for arboretum and recreation purposes to the public. In addition, because we are a public garden, there can be no reservation of a particular area.
  • There are no helium balloons, confetti, rice, rose petals, alcohol, or doves allowed on arboretum grounds.
  • The permit must be carried by the permittee and be available upon request by Park Police or arboretum employees.
  • No Drones

Because of limited parking on special holidays and during special events, we cannot issue Photography/Ceremony Permits on the following dates:

  • April 4th (Easter)
  • April 30th (Arbor Day Event)
  • May 1st (I Love My Parks Day)
  • May 9th (Mothers Day)
  • May 31st (Memorial Day)
  • June 5th  & 6th (BCAHS Plant Sale)
  • June 26th (Annual Fundraiser)
  • July 4th ( Independence Day)
  • July 19th (Summer Concert Series)
  • July 26th (Summer Concert Series)
  • August 2nd (Summer Concert Series)
  • August 9th (Summer Concert Series)
  • August 16th (Summer Concert Series)
  • August 23rd (Summer Concert Series)
  • August 30th (Summer Concert Series)
  • September 6th (Labor Day)
  • October 25th (Suffolk County Marathon)
  • November 11th (Veterans Day)

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

Wedding ceremonies on the grounds of Bayard Cutting Arboretum may only be held outdoors and require a Park Use Permit. The permit can be obtained at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum’s Park Office or Long Island State Park Headquarters Permit Office (located at 625 Belmont Avenue in West Babylon – Southern State Parkway Exit 37N).

  • The fee for a wedding permit is $450.
  • The wedding ceremony must take place during normal arboretum open hours.
  • Restrictions are no chairs, decorations, or obstructions of any type.
  • Capacity is limited to 20 people.
  • Indoor ceremonies or photographs are not permitted.




If you have any questions or for more information please contact the Arboretum office at 1-631-581-1002.