Filming and Photography


Use of motion picture, videotaping, sound recording, or other moving image or audio recording equipment on National Forest System Lands that involves the advertisement of a product or service, the creation of a product for sale, or the use of models, actors, sets, or props, but not including activities associated with broadcasting breaking news.

Still photography

Use of still photography on equipment on National Forest System Lands that takes place at a location where members of the public generally are not allowed or where additional administrative costs are likely, or uses models, sets, or props that are not a part of the site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities.


  • Determined by activity, number of people, and number of days

Submission deadline:  30 days in advance.

You will need:

  • Application
  • Insurance Certificate covering the timeframe of your activity
  • Maps of areas to be used with specific trails, roads, camps, recreation sites, etc. highlighted
  • Filming and Photography Operating Plan, or Filming Notification Form
  • Estimated Fee Worksheet
  • Final Fee Worksheet (to be completed at the end of the activity or event(s))

Once you have completed the above documents, see Step 4 – Review by the Permit Administrator.