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Film Permitting & Regulations

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Film Wyoming Permitting & Regulations – Federal Lands

Permits are required for all production companies and still photographers doing work on federal lands, including national parks, forests, recreation areas and monuments. The breakdown of Wyoming’s lands, is as follows: 49% Federal; 42% private; 6% State; and 3% Indian Reservation.

Bureau of Land Management

The permitting process and items needed vary depending on the proposed location and type of filming. Please refer to the BLM website for further details on permitting and fees.

Buffalo Field Office 1425 Fort St. Buffalo, WY 82834 Phone – (307) 684-1100 Fax – (307) 684-1122 WebsiteCasper Field Office 2987 Prospector Dr. Casper, WY 82604 Phone – (307) 261-7600 Fax – (307) 684-1122 Website
Cody Field Office 1002 Blackburn Cody, WY 82414 Phone – (307) 578-5900 Fax – (307) 578-5939 WebsiteLander Field Office 1335 Main, POB 589 Lander, WY 82520 Phone – (307) 332-8400 Fax – (307) 332-8447 Website
Pinedale Field Office 432 E. Mill St. POB 768 Pinedale, WY 82941 Phone – (307) 367-5300 Fax- (307) 367-5329 WebsiteRawlins Field Office 1300 N. Third St. POB 2407 Rawlins, WY 82301 Phone – (307) 328-4200 Phone – (307) 328-4256 Fax – (307) 328-4224 Website
Rock Spring Field Office 280 Hwy 191 North Rock Springs, WY 82902-1869 Phone – (307) 352-0256 Fax – (307) 352-0329 WebsiteWorland Field Office 101 South 23rd St. P.O. Box 119 Worland, WY 82401 Phone – (307) 347-5100 Fax – (307) 347-5228 Website
Wyoming State Office 5353 Yellowstone P.O. Box 1828 Cheyenne, WY 82003 Phone – (307) 775-6256 Fax – (307) 775-6082 Website

Department of Defense

Southeast Wyoming is home to two major military installations: F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, and the Army National Guard Training Center in Guernsey. Both require approval from the Department of Defense before production can take place on these sites. For information regarding filming on military property and use of equipment, contact the following federal offices:

FE Warren Air Force Base 5305 Randall Ave. Suite 201 Cheyenne, WY 82005 Phone – (307) 773-1110 Fax – (307) 773-2074 WebsiteWyoming Military Department 5410 Bishop Blvd. Cheyenne, WY 82009 Website

U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service ranger district requires a special use permit for film and photography projects. Applicants should contact the Ranger District in the forest they wish to film. A helpful checklist provided by the NFS can be found here, while a special uses handbook can be found here.

Contact the following offices for more information:

Big Horn National Forest (Tongue Ranger District) 2013 East Side Second Street Sheridan, WY 82801 Phone – (307) 674-2600 Fax – (307) 674-2668 WebsiteBlack Hills National Forest (Hell Canyon Ranger District) 1225 Washington St. Newcastle, WY 82701 Phone – (307) 746-2782 Fax – (307) 746-2782 Website
Bridger-Teton National Forest (Headquarters) 340 N. Cache St. P.O. Box 1888 Jackson, WY 83001 Phone – (307) 739-5500 Fax – (307) 739-5450WebsiteMedicine Bow National Forest (Laramie Ranger District/Supervisor’s Office) 2468 Jackson St. Laramie, WY 82070-6535 Phone – (307) 745-2300 Fax – (307) 742-2398Website
Shoshone National Forest (Supervisor’s Office) 808 Meadow Land Ave. Cody, WY 82414-4516 Phone – (307) 527-6241 Permits – (307) 527-6921 Fax – (307) 578-5112 WebsiteTarghee National Forest Teton Basin Ranger District Driggs, ID 83422 Phone – (208) 354-2312 Fax – (208) 354-8505 Website
Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest (Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District) 1565 Hwy 150 Evanston WY 82930 Phone – (307) 789-3194 Website

National Parks and Monuments

Commercial filming permits are required for any project that generates an electronic media, film or video production for television, the motion picture industry, public interest or private multi-media which consists of production crews and vehicles, broadcast equipment, props/sets, talent/actors, construction, trailers, housing, animals or aircraft. Projects may involve feature films, documentaries, game shows, soap operas, shopping networks, religious telecasts, talk shows, docudramas, travelogues, commercials, infomercials, public TV presentations, or DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs or videos for training, sales, education, promotions, entertainment, etc.

Permits for commercial still photography are also required when used for product or service advertisement, activities involve the use of models, sets or props; or when proposed photographic activities indicate potential for resource damage or undue disruption of visitor activities. A minimum of 2 to 4 weeks (depending on project type and volume of requests) is required to process an application and issue a permit.

Permit fees will increase as of January 1, 2020.

Special Uses With a Fee ChangeCurrent Permit FeeFee Effective January 1, 2020
Wedding Permit$125$200
Commercial Film Permit$275$325
Special Uses With No Fee Change
Motorized Boat Permit$40$40
Non-Motorized Boat Permit$12$12
Special Event Permit$200$200
Backcountry PermitAdvanced $45 Walk In $35Advanced $45 Walk In $35

Contact the following offices for more information:

Grand Teton National Park Terry Roper Moose WY 83012 Phone – (307) 739-3473 Fax – (307) 739-3492 terry_roper@nps.gov WebsiteYellowstone National Park Tammy Wert P.O. Box 168 Yellowstone Park, WY 82190 Phone – (307) 344-2115 Fax – (307) 344-2014 tammy_wert@nps.gov Rachel Cudmore Phone – (307) 773-1110 Website
Bighorn Canyon Nat’l Rec. Area 20 Highway 14A East Lovell, WY 82431 Phone – (307) 548-2251 Fax – (307) 548-7826 WebsiteDevils Tower Nat’l Monument P.O. Box 8 Devils Towers, WY 82714-0008 Phone – (307) 467-5283 Fax – (307) 467-5350 Website
Flaming Gorge Nat’l Rec. Area P.O. Box 279 Manilla, UT 84046 Phone – (307) 875-2871 Fax – (307) 875-1646 Permits – (435) 784-3445 WebsiteFossil Butte Nat’l Monument P.O. Box 592 Kemmerer, WY 83101 Phone – (307) 877-4455 Fax – (307) 877-4457 Website

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