Permits have been required for four years, but only as a temporary “directive” for commercial filming for things like movies and truck commercials. The Forest Service is now seeking to make the policy permanent, Tidwell said.
“If you’re news media, it has no effect at all,” he said. “If you’re a private individual, this doesn’t apply.”
Individuals who want to shoot on wild lands won’t need a permit, even if they plan to sell their photographs, except if it involves props. Fees for permits vary by size. Groups of up to three will pay $10 a day, while crews of 80 shooting movies usually pay around $800 a day, Tidwell said.