Apply for a Film Permit


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Please make sure to turn in your application with enough time for us to process. Generally, one (1) week or 5 working days is sufficient. However, if you are requesting (or the city requires you to pull additional approvals or permits/licenses for) special parking waivers, police assistance, mock weapons, filming in alleys, towing, fire hydrant, tent, tractor-trailer, debris container, stage, or other request that anther city agency must review and/or approve, please turn your application in with AT LEAST 2-weeks in advance. Failure to provide sufficient processing time may put your production in jeopardy of getting the permits and resources it needs.


Film Permit Process

    1. this provides us with all the information we need to issue you a permit.
    2. (Unfortunately, emailing us info about your shoot, or calling asking how to get a permit only slows us down.)
  2. What’s in the Application? Feel free to scroll through the application – you’ll notice instructions and tips for most questions.
    1. Basic contact information about you and the production company (name address email, phone #’s etc.)
    2. Title of Production, Network, and short description of the show, AND description of what you’ll be shooting here in DC.
    3. LOCATIONSwe must have locations. We will not process ‘general b-roll, or various city locations, or ‘around DC’. If in doubt, check our jurisdictional map or if all else fails, put Constitution and Independence Ave from 3rd to 14th St.
    4. Upload your COI insurance certificate. There are specific instruction in the app. You can email the COI later if need be – won’t stop our intake processing.
    5. DATES and TIMES – please allow a minimum of 5 business days for us to process everyone’s application. POLICE, TRAFFIC, OR OTHER REQUESTS TAKE LONGER.