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Filming Fees

Cost Reimbursement (Processing And Monitoring) Fees And Rental Fees must be paid before filming is permitted on public land.  Generally it is easiest to submit all fees with the application.  Processing fees are non-refundable, but monitoring and rental fees will be refunded if the application is not approved.

Processing and Monitoring Fees vary depending on the estimated hours of BLM time required to process the application and to monitor filming and reclamation.  In most cases, minimal impact filming at popular locations requires payment of Category 1 fees.  These fees are generally paid with the application after coordination with the local BLM contact.  The fees are based on the following schedule:

CATEGORYBLM WORK HOURSPROCESSING/MONITORING FEES*
2011
11 to 8$112
28 to 24$394
324 to 36$742
436 to 50$1,063
5Not applicable to Film Permits
650+Full reimbursement for actual costs

*Processing and Monitoring Fees may be assessed using separate categories.

RENTAL fees vary per State and are generally established by Statewide appraisals.

 CALIFORNIA RENTAL SCHEDULE

Motion Pictures/Videos
Commercial Still Photography
1 - 30 people
$250/day
1 - 10 people
$100/day
31 - 60 people
$500/day
11 - 30 people
$150/day
Over 60 people
$600/day
Over 30 people
$250/day

INSURANCE:  All applications must include a certificate of insurance naming the United States Department of the Interior - BLM as co-insured.  Contact the appropriate BLM Field Office for specific dollar amount.

BONDING:  Permittees may be required to provide cash bonds to assure reclamation of sets or sensitive locations.