District of Columbia Film Permitting Guidance
COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Washington DC Reopening
COVID-19 Public Activity Restrictions
Beginning July 31, 2021 updated mask and face covering guidance was issued for the District of Columbia pusuant to Mayor's Order 2021-097: "Resumption of Mask Requirements". The Mayor's Order and DC Health Department guidance (see: "Masks and Cloth Face coverings Guidance for the General Public (July 30,2021") directs all persons (vaccinated and unvaccinated) to wear masks or face coverings in "indoor public settings." There are exceptions to this order for activity taking place in indoor "private" settings, but please review the linked documents and https://coronavirus.dc.gov/healthguidance for more information about those exceptions.
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 and 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: