Film Permits

District of Columbia Film Permitting Temporarily Suspended

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Monday, March 16, 2020 – Monday, April 27, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, there will be restrictions on any non-essential commercial filming activity in the District of Columbia through April 27, 2020. No film permits will be issued for any filming activity taking place during the restricted period. The Federal Government also has similar public space access restrictions at this time. 
You may submit permit applications for filming activity to take place on or after April 28, 2020, however. After you submit your application a permit specialist will contact you with instructions on how to proceed with the application process.
If you have any questions about how this permit issuance suspension please contact our permit administrative team at [email protected] or call (202) 727-6608.




Film permits are issued by the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment and provide permission to occupy public space for filming and related activities. Permits may include location parking for essential production vehicles when available. Film permits can usually be issued within 5 business days and obtained following these 5 simple steps.

Film requests that involve approval from other DC agencies (traffic or pedestrian management, temporary suspension of existing rush hour or residential parking restrictions, lane or street closures, mock firearms, explosives, flame bars, large tents over 10' X 10', or any requests to alter streetlamps, fire hydrants, parking meters, or other street or traffic signage or signals) may require longer permitting lead times. Read more ...

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