Working with Film Companies

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As we follow the government’s guidelines to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, we are asking all film/photography requests to supply a Covid-19 secure risk assessment as part of the application process.

We will continue to consider requests on a case by case basis.

Filming on Dartmoor

Dartmoor offers stunning locations for filming with wild expanses of open moorland and valleys cut through by beautiful streams and rivers. The landscape has been an inspiration for writers, artists and poets for many years.

Most of the land is privately owned, so the most important thing is you make sure you've secured landowner permission first.

If you want to film or take photos for professional or commercial purposes in the National Park and know who owns the land, you should approach the landowner directly to secure their permission.

You will need to come to an agreement directly with the landowner regarding any location fees.

Filming cannot take place without landowner permission or without all relevant documentation being provided in advance.

If you want to use an area that is designated for special reasons (for example a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Site of Special Scientific Interest or a Special Conservation Are), you may need additional licences first.

Filming on property owned by the National Park Authority

We own land at Haytor and Combestone Tor/Holne Moor and a superb medieval longhouse, Higher Uppacott. These places have provided excellent locations, from Oscar-winning films to nature/conservation programmes.

To find out if the land you want to film on is owned by us please us our interactive map. The areas we own are shaded in purple.

It’s vital you communicate with us in good time, and with proposed ideas, rather than confirmation of intent. Dartmoor is a living, working environment so it is important that sufficient time is given to be able to facilitate your request or discussion alternative dates with you.

We ask you notify us of your proposals 7 – 14 working days in advance so we can consider the request and consult with relevant stakeholders.

We reserve the right to refuse requests where inadequate notice is provided, where it coincides with events/conservation work or your request risks disturbing Dartmoor’s wildlife and protected habitats.

Fees will vary depending on the nature of the request, location, crew and cast size, environmental sensitivity and whether you need National Park officer support.

Each application is considered on its individual merits. For an idea of costs see our fees and charges 2020-21 (PDF)

Filming or photography cannot take place on land we own without our written permission.

What you need to do

If you want to film on our land, you'll need to contact us and we'll send you an application form. Fill it in, and send it back to us along with:

*Your risk assessment (including Covid-19 secure risk assessments where relevant)
*A signed licence agreement
*Proof of public liability insurance up to £5 million
*A detailed drone flight plan (if you want to include aerial footage)

Drone filming

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 aerial activity above our sites is prohibited unless specific permission is granted, according to existing byelaws.

We may grant permission for drone-related commercial filming/photography in specific cases.

The applications we consider are those that come from recognised production companies using drone footage as part of a wider television/film production.

The filming must be agreed with us and have the permission of the relevant landowner.

Please note some landowners do not allow commercial or recreational drone flying on their land under any circumstances.

When making your filming/photography application, this is what you need to send us:

*The drone operator’s formal Unmanned Aircraft Systems qualification, accredited by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)
*Specific Public Liability Insurance and Aviation Insurance Liability cover.
*A detailed drone flight plan
*Evidence you have secured the consent of the relevant landowner.

A request for permission to fly a drone is unlikely to be successful if it's deemed likely to promote the public use of drones in the National Park, or adversely affects the protected qualities of Dartmoor.

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

Charges

All landowners reserve the right to make a charge for filming on their land. If you want to film on our land, we may also make a charge for officer time when assisting you with your enquiry.

The fee depends on the size and scope of the production. Usually, we charge by the half day, but may also require a fee if staff time and expertise is used to help with you advice, research and a location recce.

When you do come to Dartmoor, we encourage you to support our communities by using local contractors and buying locally sourced food and drink when you are here. Why not check out our food and drink directory for some ideas?