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Apply for a Film Permit

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A permit is required for filming or related activities in DC public space. This includes all types of commercial filming and photography (documentaries, commercials, PSAs, student films, etc.) The size of your cast and crew will affect the film permit fees, but having a small 1-2 man crew does not exempt you from obtaining a film permit in the District of Columbia.

Film permits for DC public space are issued by the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment and provide permission to occupy public space for filming and related activities in the District of Columbia. Film permits for National Park Service (National Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials, etc.), US Capitol, or DC Department of Parks and Recreation (pools, basketball courts, playgrounds, etc.) are handled separately. Please follow the appropriate link. Permits may include location parking for essential production vehicles when available. Please read the full film permit application Instructions prior to completing a film permit application. For additional information about film permits, you may contact the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment directly at (202) 727-6608 or film@dc.govwith any questions or concerns.

Volume is higher during particular times of the year, so you must submit your request to the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, at least:

  • Three (3) full* business days prior to the first day of work when requesting filming; or
  • Five (5) full* business days prior to the first day of work when also requesting parking.

*Applications received by 9 am are considered a full business day.  

Submit completed application by email (film@dc.gov), or by fax at fax (202) 727-3246.

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