Filming Permits

Public Lands in California offer many unique locations for filming opportunities. Contact the local BLM Field Office or Local Film Commission before submitting an application. The permitting process and items needed may vary depending on the location and the type of filming proposed.

Still Photography
Most professional and amateur photographers are allowed to take still photographs on public lands without a permit or the payment of any fees. Public land visitors and recreational, professional and amateur photographers do NOT need a permit to take still photographs unless the still photography will:

  • Use models, sets or props that are not part of the site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities;
  • Take place where members of the public are generally not allowed; or
  • Take place at a location where additional administrative costs are likely.