Working with Film Companies

Dartmoor’s unspoilt landscape offers stunning locations for filming with wild expanses of open moorland, hilltops crowned by rugged and unusual rock formations known as Tors and valleys cut through by beautiful streams and rivers. Around the edge of the moorland lies a patchwork of fields with small settlements and isolated farmsteads. There are ancient woodlands and areas of forest plantation, reservoirs and the remains of human settlement dating back into prehistory.

The majority of land in the National Park is in private ownership and film companies will need to obtain permission from individual landowners to film there.

If you do film in the National Park, you will be required to supply the National Park with a copy of your risk assessment and public liability insurance document for our records.

Please email communications@dartmoor.gov.uk or telephone 01626 832093 

Drone filming

Drones are becoming a frequently used alternative for film companies wishing to obtain aerial shots. They are also used to carry out survey work on a variety of projects. Any commercial operators wishing to use drones to capture aerial footage as part of a film production or for aerial survey contracts, or other commercial use, must contact us first to seek permission prior to any filming taking place.

All permissions are considered on a case by case basis.

Carrying out any commercial activity/drone filming without permission from the National Park Authority is an offence under the Dartmoor Commons Act (see Byelaws).

Commercial users should have a formal UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) qualification accredited by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and specific Public Liability Insurance and Aviation Insurance Liability cover. Evidence of these documents should be provided to Dartmoor National Park Authority before any permission is considered. You may also be asked to provide us with your flight plans.

In addition, permission must be obtained from the relevant land owner for the activity and evidence provided to the National Park Authority that this permission has been granted (please note that some landowners have a blanket ban on drone filming).  A request for permission is unlikely to be successful if use of the footage is deemed likely to promote the public use of drones in the National Park.

Please note: it is an offence for the public to use drones on the commons of Dartmoor.

Our stunning locations

Dartmoor is full of stunning locations - providing the perfect setting for any genre. National Park owned land at Haytor and Combestone Tor/Holne Moor and our superb medieval longhouse, Higher Uppacott have provided superb locations for films from Steven Spielberg’s War Horse to Bollywood and psychological thrillers.

Charges

All landowners reserve the right to make a charge for filming on their land. Our fees and charges for filming are publicly available.  We may also make a charge for officer time when helping with larger more time consuming productions.  

The fee depends on the type of production and broadcaster. Usually, we will charge by the half day. If you need a member of our staff on location due to the nature of the production, we will ask for a fee for his/her time. We may also require a fee if staff time is used to search and recce a location.

We would also ask that wherever possible you help support our communities by using local contractors and buy locally sourced food when you are here.