Federal Land Management:

Permits for Film-Making and Wind Studies in Southern California

RCED-86-135BR: Published: Apr 4, 1986. Publicly Released: May 23, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) issuance of temporary use permits during fiscal years (FY) 1982 through 1985 for wind anemometers and movie and television filming at four BLM resource area offices in California.

GAO found that: (1) during FY 1982 through 1985, BLM issued temporary land use permits for 7 wind anemometer studies, 30 movie film productions, and 191 television commercials or programs; (2) BLM is currently charging $25 a year per wind anemometer, $100 per day for movie and television filming involving less than 50 people, and $200 per day for filming involving more than 50 people; and (3) BLM had incorrectly charged for some permits and did not recover full costs for permits that cost over $250. BLM attributed the incorrect charges to clerical errors and its misunderstanding of regulations concerning assessment and collection of certain costs.

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