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Bureau of Land Management
Filming on Public Lands

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. Where the total rental fee is less than $250, cost reimbursement fees are not charged, although it may be necessary to contribute funds to BLM to meet expedited processing requirements.

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:

CATEGORY BLM WORK HOURS PROCESSING/MONITORING FEES*
2006 2007
1 1 to 8 $100 $104
2 8 to 24 $354 $368
3 24 to 36 $665 $691
4 36 to 50 $953 $990
5 Not applicable to Film Permits
6 50+ 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. The following schedules are from the three states that process the most BLM filming permits:

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

NEVADA RENTAL SCHEDULE

Motion Pictures/Videos Commercial Still Photography
1 - 10 people $150/day 1 - 10 people $50/day
11 - 30 people $250/day 11 - 30 people $150/day
31 - 49 people $500/day Over 30 people $250/day
Over 50 people $750/day

UTAH RENTAL SCHEDULE

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

For more information on film permitting, please contact Vanessa Engle.