Film Permits

Suspension of Work in the District of Columbia

Observance of President’s Day
Monday, February 18, 2019

In observance of the upcoming holiday (President’s Day), there will be a suspension of certain District of Columbia government services that may impact commercial filming in the District. On Monday, February 18, 2019 beginning at 12:00am until 11:59pm lane closures and work zones will not be allowed for non-emergency work in roadways, alleys and sidewalks within the District’s right of way. This includes manhole access and construction-related deliveries. For more detailed information about the government service restrictions during President’s Day, please review the information posted on the Department of Transportation (DDOT) online permitting system website, here.

If you have any questions about how this holiday suspension of work might impact your film permit requests or city support for any issued permits, 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 ...