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Filming in New Hampshire

Interested in bringing your film, TV, or digital media project to New Hampshire? This resource will answer many of the common questions asked about filming in the state. Need more information? Contact us at [email protected].

CREW & SERVICES

 

Crew & Services Roster
The Film Bureau maintains a roster of industry professionals and service providers. Please contact us for more information.

Getting Listed in the Roster
Send us an email at [email protected] and we will provide you with details.


PERMITS

 

General Filming Permits
There are no general filming permits in New Hampshire. If you have arranged to film on private property, you do not need any additional permits to film. If you need to film on public property, you may need additional documentation. Every city/town handles filming requests differently and we recommend that you contact us to find out which local department or administrator would be the best contact for permit inquiries.

State Parks
The Division of Parks and Recreation requires a Special Use Permit for filming, photography or recording activities intended for commercial use and conducted by commercial or professional filming, photography and recording studios, companies and businesses (PART 7403.01 (h), Parks Administrative Rules. A $100 administrative fee and certificate of insurance is required at the time of application. There is an additional $100 fee for expedited applications (if application is submitted less than 30 days prior to filming). For an application, contact [email protected]. For more information on NH state parks at: www.nhstateparks.org.

Roads & Highways
If the road is local (without a route number), you will only need to coordinate the closure with the impacted city or town. If the road has a route number, you will need to submit an Application for a Parade Permit or Other Activity on State Highway System with the Department of Transportation AND coordinate with the city/town. There is no cost to submit the application. Download the application.

State House Grounds
Submit a State House Grounds Special Event Application with the Department of Administrative Services no later than 5 business days prior to the event. There is no cost to submit the application. Please note that any activity on the sidewalk on the east side of the arch facing Main Street or the sidewalks along Capitol and Park Streets will need to be coordinated with the City of Concord. State House interior requests must be directed to and approved by both the offices of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. Download the application.

White Mountain National Forest
If the filming is on the summit of Mt. Washington, you will need a Special Use Permit from the Division of Parks for Mt. Washington State Park (see State Parks permits above). Otherwise, you will need a permit from the USDA Forest Service/White Mountain National Forest.  Please note that the Mt. Washington Auto Road, should you need to access, is privately managed. Information at www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

Filming with Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)
The Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics, Rail and Transit has information on the use of drones in New Hampshire.

Pyrotechnics
Pyrotechnics information can be found at the Department of Safety, Fireworks Safety and Enforcement Unit website.

Wildlife Impacts
Any filming that could have a potential to impact wildlife should be coordinated through the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Their Public Affairs Division can be reached at 603-271-3211. More at: https://wildlife.state.nh.us.

State-Signed Release Forms
The State considers an approved, issued Special Use Permit to be your legal authority to use state-managed locations and images in your project in perpetuity. The special use permit takes the place, in most instances, of a production company's location agreement or release form. Any contractual agreements beyond the special use permits stated above will need to go through an approval process that will include the impacted agency, the Attorney General's Office, and the Executive Council. Contract agreements with an agency will also require the production company to register with the Secretary of State's Office as a company able to transact business in New Hampshire.


LOCATIONS

Location Scouts
Need to hire a location scout? Contact us at [email protected] and we can provide you with some names from our Crew & Services Roster.

Location Resources
Check out gorgeous photography from locations around the state on our Instagram.

Looking for homes? The New England Real Estate Network MLS is a good resource to see what homes are out there. This is not a listing of properties available for filming. However, past projects have inquired with real estate agents and arranged to film with the permission of the property owners.
 
Looking to film in one of New Hampshire’s state parks? You can learn more about them at: https://www.nhstateparks.org. Please see permit information above regarding special use permits for filming.
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Youth Employment
There are no laws specific to youth employment and the entertainment industry in New Hampshire. New Hampshire’s laws regarding general youth employment also apply to film and digital media projects. You can read the full text of NH’s Youth Employment Law.  Please note that “casual work” is defined as employment that is no more than 3 calendar days for any one employer. You can contact the New Hampshire Department of Labor at 603-271-3176.


 

ABOUT NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

Where do I find more information about New Hampshire?
You’ll find everything you need to know about visiting New Hampshire on our website at www.visitnh.gov. However, here are a few links on our site that may be of interest as you plan your project here:

 

Are there additional contacts in New Hampshire that can assist my project?

Here are some useful contacts:
  Do you have a question that wasn’t addressed here? Please contact the Film Bureau at 603-271-2220 or [email protected].