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Film Permit Fees and Payment Options

Fees

Once your permit application is approved, you will receive an invoice with a link to pay online. The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME)  accepts MasterCard and Visa only. The District Government currently does not accept American Express. No exceptions. Permit fees are payable in advance of filming.

  • There is a one time (per project) application fee
  • There is a one time (per project) first day fee (based on cast and crew size)
  • There are additional day fees added for each day after your first day (up to the per project cap for your cast/crew size).
  • The following fee schedule is effective March 1, 2010:
Fee First Day Each Additional Day Per Project Cap
Application Processing Fee $30 - $30
Film Permit (less than 10 cast and crew) $150 $50 $500
Film Permit (10–39 cast and crew) $300 $100 $1,500
Film Permit (40–69 cast and crew) $450 $150 $3,000
Film Permit (more than 70 cast and crew) $600 $200 No Cap
Still Photography $150 - $150
Student Film Permit
(insurance required)
$0 - $0

The fees are for film permits only and do not include other permits, fees, licenses, or location fees that may be required by OCTFME or other District agencies. Please refer to our insurance requirements, and road closures/police section which may weigh into your total costs.

A 'project' may be defined several ways depending on the type of shoot you are involved with. If it's a series, a project encompasses one season. If its a recurring new special with different locations/subject matter, a project will  only cover each episode. If its an annual special, a project covers 1 special only. Most ofter, we can define a 'project' by the production title, but if you are unsure, please call us before paying your invoice. 


Fee Waivers

  • Our $30 application fee is only waived for student productions.
  • No reductions or waivers are authorized for our permit fees for any type of non-profit, educational, religious, or charitable organization.
  • No other class of organization is authorized for any reduction or waiver of our application or permit fees.


Payment

Once your permit application is approved, you will receive an invoice with a link to pay online. The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME)  accepts MasterCard and Visa only. The District Government currently does not accept American Express. No exceptions.

In order to pay by cash or check, the payment will have to be made in person at the DDOT/DCRA Cashier’s Office. This process is time consuming. The Cashier’s Office is located at: 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024. The Cashier’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm and can be reached at (202) 727-4829.


Refunds

Please review your permit request thoroughly, as all permit transactions are final.