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Filming Permits

The public lands have long been a popular location for the motion picture industry. The western deserts, dry lakebeds, and mountain terrain are strong attractions to national and international television and film production companies. Many major motion pictures and television commercials have been filmed on public lands.

Contact the local BLM office before submitting an application. The permitting process and items needed may vary depending on the location chosen and the type of filming proposed.

For minimal impact filming in “popular filming locations”, complete the following and submit by mail or by fax to the appropriate office:

  • Land Use Application Form 2920 (529KB PDF). Complete only the application section and sign the form. BLM will complete the “permit” portion of the form.
  • Detailed description of filming activity. Use this form and submit with application.
  • Provide a map showing the specific location(s) requested (consult BLM contact for map of area if needed).
  • Application and rental fees (as discussed with the local BLM film permit coordinator).
  • Certificate of Insurance naming Department of the Interior - BLM as co insured. Contact the appropriate BLM office for specific dollar amount.


Fees may be paid by credit card or checks payable to U.S.D.I. – BLM. The public contact specialist in each BLM office will assist in accepting credit card payments.


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

LARGE PRODUCTIONS AND REQUESTS TO FILM OUTSIDE POPULAR LOCATIONS will usually require an onsite pre-application conference with BLM personnel. Although the permitting process may not vary, the time to process will usually be at least 30 - 60 days. Contact the appropriate BLM office for details.

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Examples of Motion Pictures Filmed all or in part on BLM Lands in Utah:
Pirates of the Caribbean 3
World’s Fastest Indian
Mission Impossible II
Independence Day
The Core
House of Fears
Buffalo Dreams
Don’t Come Knocking
Anasazi Moon
City Slickers II
Thelma & Louise
Galaxy Quest
Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
Nurse Betty
Rio Grande
The Outlaw Josey Wales