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COVID-19 Impacts (6.2.20) Arizona's Stay At Home Order has been lifted with safety measures remaining in place. Permitting is being done, however, there are some permitting processes and locations in Arizona that have been impacted. Please review the notes attached to the various jurisdictions provided below. Contact us with any questions so we can help you bring your production work to Arizona during this time.
As Arizona has reopened, production work in Arizona is expected to abide by the safety protocols set for by Governor Doug Ducey in Executive Order 2020-36.
The Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media is here to assist you with film permits for usage of city property, state-owned lands, tribal and federal lands in Arizona. Your project may require various permits, along with fees and proof of insurance, depending upon each specific location. We've provided some helpful links below to some primary permitting agencies to get you started. Not every permit requires a fee.
Currently, there are no application fees for permits requesting to film on State park lands, highways, or roads. Find your location then see what's required to film there. If you need further assistance, Register Your Project and tell us about the locations you'd like to use and we'll be glad to help direct you to the proper permitting authority.
Permit Time Frames: (Subject to change.)
AZ Dept. of Transportation: 10 Business Days
AZ State Parks & Trails: 10 Business Days for Small Scale; 30 Business Days for Large Scale (3.27.20- No permits for groups over 10, indoor facilities closed, and "historic sites" are temporarily closed.)
City of Phoenix: 24 Hours
City of Tucson: 24 Hours
AZ Federal Lands:
Bureau of Land Management: 30-60 Business Days
(3.27.20 - No permits for groups over 10.)
National Park Service (NPS), Monuments, Recreation Areas: 15-30 Business Days
(3.27.20 -Permitting suspended.)
National Forest Service (NFS): 60 Business Days
(3.31.20 - Closed Recreational sites at all NSF areas and Grasslands, future permits considered on a case by case basis following current CDC guidance.)
AZ Tribal Lands: 30-60 Business Days
(3.27.20 - Many Tribal Authorities have suspended permitting, such as Navajo Nation.)
CITY AND COUNTY
For filming on or within City and County areas, contact the nearest local film office. For additional assistance, you can also reach out to our government and industry liaisons known as our Film Resource Coordinators - Film Office/Film Resource Coordinators.
For more information on filming on state roads, parks and highways see the permit links below. Currently, there are no application fees for permits to film in state parks and along state roads and highways. If you need further assistance, please contact us.
Arizona Department of Transportation
Permit Resources: Find a State Road, Interactive State map with mileposts, Find Arizona Airports
Rest Areas, Traffic Advisories, VIEW roadways in various areas (Use filters to search for specific areas).
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Hire Off-duty Highway Patrol Officers for security and traffic control:
Contact: Brandy Reissner
Phone: (602) 223-2855
Mobile: (602) 769-4788
Arizona Parks & Trails - State parks, campgrounds, and trails are open, however many state "historic sites" remain temporarily closed at this time due to COVID-19. Details on what's open/closed.
(Account creation needed for access)
(COVID-19 Impacts - Some federal locations and permitting authorities in Arizona are being impacted by the current pandemic. Please review the notations below.)
Federal permits are required for filming on national park and forest lands in Arizona. This includes on waterways within these areas. Permits are governed by the administrator of the land which could be either the National Park Service (NPS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the National Forest Service (NFS).
National Parks, Monuments, Recreational Areas (COVID-19 - Film permitting is temporarily suspended. Check with individual sites for updates during the phased reopening.)
There are 24 National Park Service (NPS) units in Arizona, including three national parks (Grand Canyon (CV-19 Info), Petrified Forest, Saguaro). Additionally, there are four national monuments administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - (Agua Fria, Parashant-Grand Canyon, Ironwood Forest, Sonoran Desert, Vermillion Cliffs).
Permits - National Park Service (No drones allowed)
Lake Mead Recreational Area - Permit information
Find information about - Arizona National Parks, National Monuments, and National Recreation Areas
Bureau of Land Management
Permits - Bureau of Land Management (Fire restrictions: Using exploding targets, fireworks, tracer ammunition, paper/sky lanterns, and other incendiary devices is prohibited year-round on all BLM-managed public land in Arizona.)
Filming and commercial photography on tribal lands require the approval of respective tribal governments.
For contact information with other tribal nations, please contact us.
NAVAJO NATION (COVID-19 Impacts 3.27.20 - (Permitting temporarily suspended.)
Tribal Parks - Film & Commercial Photography Permits (All locations within Tribal Park areas)
Issued by Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation. However, film and commercial photography permits are processed by each individual tribal park: Little Colorado River, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Four Corners, Canyon de Chelly – Campground, Bowl Canyon, and the Navajo Veterans Memorial Park. *Please be aware of all Navajo Nation Laws while visiting our tribal parks. NO CREMATION, NO LITTERING, NO CLIMBING and NO DRONES inside the Navajo Tribal Parks.
MAP of locations within Monument Valley Tribal Park that require a permit
Locations within Lake Powell Tribal Park that require a permit
Native American Tribes in Arizona (Tribal information/Arizona Office of Tourism)
Additional Travel Tips & Guidelines (Arizona Office of Tourism)