District of Columbia Film Permitting Guidance
COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Washington DC Reopening
COVID-19 Public Activity Restrictions
Beginning June 11, 2021, pursuant to Mayor's Order 2021-069, all capacity restrictions have been lifted in the District of Columbia. All District venues can now operate at full capacity. However, vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are still required to follow CDC mask guidance. An individual or production company may submit a permit application for consideration and review if the production meets the following criteria:
(1) Production activity must follow DC Health COVID-19 health guidance and CDC mask guidance.
(2) The production must submit a safety plan outlining on-set safety practices and contact tracing protocols for review.
(3) The production must identify and provide contact information for the production's designated on set COVID-19 safety compliance officer; and,
(4) Requests requiring the supervision and approval of District of Columbia or Federal Government public safety agencies (including street closures or traffic control) will be reviewed on a case
by case basis.
Administrative Processing Times
Please allow an application review and processing time of for requests that do not require production parking or additional city services requests.
Thank you for your interest in filming in the District of Columbia. We look forward to hosting your production activity under conditions that are safe for your crew, cast, and residents of the District of Columbia.
Film permits are issued by the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment and provide permission to occupy public space for media production related activities. Permits may include location parking for essential production vehicles when available. Permits for production related parking will be restricted during Phase Two of the ReOpen DC Plan.
Film permit requests requiring additional permits, certifications or approvals from other District of Columbia agencies may require longer administrative processing times. Those requests include but are not limited to the following: temporary parking restrictions; traffic or pedestrian management; traffic lane or street closures; use of auxiliary power sources (generators); construction of temporary structures (tents, stages, etc.); use of mock firearms; use of pyrotechnics; or any request that involves the alteration or temporary removal of streetlamps, fire hydrants, parking meters, bike lanes, or other street or traffic signage or signals. During Phase Two of the ReOpen DC Plan some or all of these additional permit requests may be prohibited or restricted.
The film permit administrative process involves the following 5 steps: