5 Places You’re Not Allowed to Take Photos in Arizona
With the incredibly powerful devices right in our pockets, we're all photographers and filmmakers these days. Most of us have seen creator content that inspires and informs.
In the vastness of the socials, we've even seen some things that have crossed the line and left us scratching our heads. Knowing where that line is could keep you out of legal hot water, especially if you're planning take video or pictures anywhere in Arizona.
Did you know? There are some places where you're either not allowed or where it's illegal to take photos in Arizona. Here are five of them.
1. Military Bases and Facilities
If you're visiting Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson or Fort Huachuca near Sierra Vista, you may be tempted to capture some of the history and uniqueness on the base. However, as you find your way on post, you should leave your phone in your pocket, and in some cases, in your car.
You might not even be allowed to take your device into some facilities. Taking photos on military installations can pose a security risk. While taking pictures in the base museum may be okay, avoid taking photographs of buildings, vehicles, personnel, or equipment that belong to the military. If you are unsure whether a place is a military facility or not, it is better to ask for permission or just don't risk it at all.
Not all places on post are restricted, but it's much better to ask permission, since you may not be granted forgiveness later on.
2. Tribal Lands and Reservations
Arizona has twenty-two federally recognized Native American tribes. Many have their own laws and regulations regarding photography on their lands.
The amazing beauty and history of our Native Tribes in Arizona may leave you tempted to capture the spirit of the moment, especially if you find yourself at a special event.
However, there are many tribes that require a permit or a fee to take photos. Still others don't allow any photography at all. Always respect the sovereignty and culture of the tribes and follow their rules when visiting their lands.
If you're not sure, it's better to ask. If you can't seek permission, it's best put your phone away and experience the event in the moment.
3. Private Property
This rule is pretty common everywhere in the world. Professional photographers know that if a person is in public, the expectation of privacy is much different.
It's illegal to take photos on or of private property without the owner's consent. If the property is fenced, gated, or marked with signs and you don't have permission, keep on driving.
This has been decided in court again and again and not in favor of photographers. If you're hoping to defend your photos or your actions in legal proceedings, you'll likely lose.
This includes homes, businesses, farms, ranches, and other types of property. You could be charged with trespassing or invading someone's privacy if you take photos of private property without permission.
4. Government Buildings and Facilities
The rules are pretty much the same for government facilities as they are for military installations: taking photos is restricted or prohibited. If you're not sure, it's better to take photos someplace else.
5. Schools and Daycare Facilities
While strictly speaking it's not illegal to take photographs in schools and daycare facilities, there are myriad reasons you must get permission first.
Perhaps you're planning to attend an event like a play or a ceremony. You may not be allowed to take photos, especially if you plan to post them online. The school's primary concern is for the safety of their students, so they may ask you not to take pictures.
With so many amazing places to take photos in Arizona, it's better to skip the few places where it's not allowed. Pocket that cell phone or maybe ask permission first - so you don't have to ask forgiveness in front of a judge later!