West Virginia Film Production Permits

The West Virginia Tourism Office doesn’t issue film permits, but we can help you navigate the areas where you’ll need one, and the best contacts in those locations.  We’ll need some details to get started, so please complete this form, and we’ll get back in touch quickly:


Permitting Requirements by Location

Although the West Virginia Tourism Office is not a permitting agency, we do assist in helping with locations. Nearly all state and federal properties require permits or location agreements.  To make the process move as quickly as possible, please submit the details about your request by completing this form. 

Explore important guidelines and helpful tips when filming in West Virginia:

State Property
  • Capitol.  A permit is required to film at the Capitol Complex. Generally, there is no location fee, although in certain circumstances, a fee may be assessed, and cost recovery charges may be applied. To request to film on the Capitol Grounds please click on My Project and let us know the details.  You may also contact the Department of Administration and obtain a “Request to Use Capitol Grounds”, by calling 304-558-2317. A valid certificate of insurance must accompany the agreement. 
  • Transportation. All projects are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and reasonable advance notice is required for use of state-owned roadways, railways, waterways, and public transit systems. A location agreement and liability insurance are also required. In certain circumstances, a location fee may be assessed, and cost recovery charges may be applied. Let us know the details of your request by clicking on My Project to ensure navigation of the appropriate channels of communication.
  • Parks, Forests, Wildlife Management Areas. All projects are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and reasonable advance notice is required. A location agreement and liability insurance are also required. In certain circumstances, a location fee may be assessed, and cost recovery charges may be applied. Let us know the details of your request by clicking on My Project to ensure navigation of the appropriate channels of communication.
Federal Property
  • National Parks. All commercial filming activities require a permit on federal lands. Advance notice (minimum of 30 days) is required, and cost recovery charges for all filming and still photography activities include the administrative/application cost recovery charge and any costs incurred by the National Park Services for monitoring the permit (amount will vary). Proof of liability insurance is required, and you may be asked to post a bond. Permit applications for National Parks in West Virginia are available at home.nps.gov.
  • National Forests. All commercial filming activities require a permit on federal lands and are subject to land use fees and may be subject to cost recovery charges. Advance notice is required (60 days is recommended), and cost recovery charges for all filming and still photography activities include the administrative/application cost recovery charge and any costs incurred by the USFS for monitoring the permit (amount will vary). Proof of liability insurance is required, and you may be asked to post a bond. Permit applications may be obtained through each forest district office.
  • Monongahela National Forest — Elkins (Randolph County)
        Special Use Manager: 304-635-4453

Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf/
Counties: Barbour, Grant, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph,           Tucker, and Webster

  • George Washington and Jefferson National Forests 

North River Ranger District (Harrisonburg, VA):

540-432-0187 (main); 866-904-0240 (toll-free)
Website:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Counties: Pendleton

Eastern Divide Ranger District (Blacksburg, VA): 

540-552-4641

Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
County: Monroe

Lee Ranger District (Edinburg, VA):

540-984-4101

Website:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj

Counties:  Hampshire and Hardy

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 

Huntington, WV District Office – 304-399-5211  
Washington, DC, HQ – 202-761-1024
Pittsburgh, PA District Office – 412-395-7155
U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC; 202-282-8000
U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC; 202-647-4000

City and County Properties

Requirements for filming vary greatly on city- and county-owned properties. Let us know the details of your request by clicking on My Project to ensure navigation of the appropriate channels of communication.