Filming & Photography License Request

As stewards of the public land and water at the Civil Works multipurpose water resources development projects in the Wilmington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) must carefully consider the implications and impacts of any request to use these resources. 

A government real estate license is required for filming and still photography shoots by commercial, student, and non-profit organizations on USACE owned property (land and water). This includes areas on government property leased or licensed to others, such as state and local parks and game lands.

Filming/Photography Licenses are issued by the USACE Real Estate Division. The license provides the grantee permission for the use and occupancy of government owned property and ensures that the public's interests and resources are protected.

Applicants are responsible for administrative cost incurred by the government for review of the request. If authorized, grantees are responsible for the cost of issuing and administering the license and for payment of rental for use of government property.

Unauthorized activities are a violation of Title 36 CFR 327. Violators are subject to loss of privileges, fines, and/or imprisonment.


Filming/Photography License Application Process:


1. Please read the entire Applicant Information, Requests for a License for Filming/ Photography at Wilmington District Operations Projects document prior to submitting a request.


2. Contact the Point of Contact (POC) for the location where the activity is proposed prior to submitting the license application. See POC list below.


3. Complete the Application for Filming/Photography License in its entirety and submit it along with any other required information to the POC for the location of the proposed activity. Include any required administrative fee.


Project Contact Information:


Falls Lake

USACE Falls Lake

Piedmont Operations Project Manager

11405 Falls of Neuse Road
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587


(919) 846-9332

Philpott Dam and Lake

USACE Philpott Dam and Lake

Operations Project Manager
1058 Philpott Dam Road
Bassett, Virginia 24055


(276) 629-2703

B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake

and the

Cape Fear River Locks and Dams

Mailing Address:
USACE Piedmont Operations

Operations Project Manager
Post Office Box 144
Moncure, North Carolina 27559

Street Address:
Jordan Lake Visitor Assistance Center
2080 Jordan Dam Road
Moncure, North Carolina 27559


(919) 542-4501

Snow’s Cut


Snow’s Cut Project Manager

Wilmington District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
69 Darlington Avenue
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403


Phone: (910)251-4709

John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir

USACE John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir

Operations Project Manager
1930 Mays Chapel Road
Boydton, Virginia 23917


(434) 738-6101

W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir

USACE W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir

Operations Project Manager
499 Reservoir Road
Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697


(336) 921-3390