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Production Guide >> Permitting Information

GENERAL FILMING PERMITS: There are no general permits for filming in the State of New Hampshire. Individuals and companies are encouraged to coordinate projects with the Film & Television Office. Documentation is required when conducting commercial photographic activities on state-managed properties.

FILMING ON STATE PROPERTY: The State of New Hampshire Film & Television Office assists with coordinating permits for commercial photographic activities on state-managed properties, such as parks, beaches, highways, and state facilities. An Application for Photographic Activity on State Property, provided by the Film & Television Office, is the primary document used in communicating project efforts and needs across those state agencies involved.

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. Permitting for this area can be done through the Film & Television Office by submitting an Application for Photographic Activity on State Property.

  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 (via the Film & Television Office) 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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