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PRODUCTION NOTIFICATION FORM: The Production Notification Form is a notification of intent for film/photo production activity in the State of New Hampshire. This form is submitted through the Film & Television Office used to communicate project scope and needs to those state agencies and municipal partners potentially impacted by the project. Productions are encouraged, but not required, to complete the form so that we can determine how to best provide assistance. Additional documentation may be required through respective state agencies and municipalities. There is no fee associated with submitting this form.

STATE PARKS: A Special Use Permit is required for filming, photography or recording activities intended for commercial use and conducted by commercial or professional filming, photography and recording studios, companies and businesses. An application fee and other park impact fees may apply based upon the size, scope, or needs of project. For further information on the administrative rules related to special use permits and Reserved and Privileged Use of Department of Resources and Economic Development Lands, Facilities and Resources, please refer to: New Hampshire Administrative Rules, Res. 7403.01.

STATE ROADS AND HIGHWAYS: Productions seeking to film on or along New Hampshire state roads and highways will be asked to submit an Application for Parade Permit or Other Activity Conducted on State Highway System with the Department of Transportation, under provisions of New Hampshire RSA 286:2 and RSA 236:1.

FILMING IN LOCAL TOWNS/CITIES: Permitting on public land at the local level is done directly through the municipality in which you are looking to film. Every city/town handles filming requests differently and we encourage you to contact us to find out which local department or administrator would be the best contact for permit inquiries.

FILMING IN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST: Filmmakers looking to shoot their projects on Mount Washington are encouraged to contact the New Hampshire Film & Television Office for further information. Here are some guidelines to consider:

  1. The summit of Mount Washington and its surrounding 59 acres of land makes up Mount Washington State Park, which is managed by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

  2. Any commercial photographic activity on the land beyond Mount Washington State Park and within the White Mountain National Forest falls under the federal jurisdiction of the White Mountain National Forest and the USDA Forest Service. Guidelines and permit applications can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/special_film.shtml.

  3. The Mount Washington Auto Road provides access to the summit and several overlook points along the way. The Auto Road is open to private vehicles from early May to late October (please call ahead to confirm.) Access to the mountain is also available via an all-wheel drive, 4-track, 9-passenger SnowCoach (weather permitting). The Mount Washington Auto Road is privately owned and operated, and use of the Auto Road during the winter months will need be coordinated with the operators directly. Contact the Mount Washington Auto Road at 603-466-3988. NOTE: This applies to the Auto Road only--any filming on land beyond the Auto Road will still need to be permitted through the Division of Parks and Recreation or the White Mountain National Forest.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our office at 603-271-2220 or film@nh.gov.

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