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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.

Film permits are issued by the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and provide permission to occupy public space for filming and related activities. 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 Motion Picture and Television Development directly at (202) 727-6608 or film@dc.govwith any questions or concerns.

Volume is higher during particular times of the year, so you should try to submit your request to the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, at least:

  • Two (2) full business days prior to the first day of work when requesting filming; or
  • Four (4) full business days prior to the first day of work when also requesting parking.

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

Submit completed application by fax (202) 727-3246, email (film@dc.gov), or in person at the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development.

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