Film Permits

ATTN: Suspension of Filming at The White House

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Sunday, March 8, 2020

Due to White House fence replacement project, there will be a suspension of filming at The White House that impacts commercial filming. On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 beginning at 5 am until approximately 6 pm, Sunday, March 8, 2020 the southern sidewalk of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from West Executive Avenue NW to the center of the north White House fence line will be temporarily and partially closed.

If you have any questions about how this 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 ...

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