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Film Permit Application

All production companies filming in the District are required to complete an application form and location expenditure report. The information obtained from these forms is used to facilitate the production process and to determine the economic impact of film and television production in the District.

Basic film permit requests can often be processed the same day. Permit applications are processed in the order they are received. 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) business days prior to the first day of work when requesting filming; or
  • Four (4) business days prior to the first day of work when also requesting parking.

The permit application must be thoroughly completed. If a field does not apply to your project, please indicate so by entering "N/A" (not applicable) in the appropriate space. Please print or type legibly. Failure to provide all of the required information may result in delays.

A film permit application may be submitted using the online form, by fax (202) 727-3246, email (film@dc.gov), or in person at the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. After submitting your application, please call (202) 727-6608 to verify that your application was received.

Film Permit Application