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Film Permit Fees and Payment Options


Payment for all applicable fees must be received prior to issuing a film permit. Once your application has been processed and approved, you will receive an invoice and payment instructions. The following fee schedule is effective March 1, 2010:

Fee First Day Each Additional Day Per Project Cap
Application Processing Fee $30 - $30
Film Permit (less than 10 cast and crew) $150 $50 $500
Film Permit (10–39 cast and crew) $300 $100 $1,500
Film Permit (40–69 cast and crew) $450 $150 $3,000
Film Permit (more than 70 cast and crew) $600 $200 No Cap
Still Photography $150 - $150
Student Film Permit
(insurance required)
$0 - $0

The fees are for film permits only and do not include other permits, fees, licenses, or location fees that may be required by OCTFME or other District agencies. Please refer to our insurance requirements, which may weigh into your total costs.

Fee Waivers

  • Our $30 application fee is only waived for student productions.
  • No reductions or waivers are authorized for our permit fees for any type of non-profit, educational, religious, or charitable organization.
  • No other class of organization is authorized for any reduction or waiver of our application or permit fees.


Once your permit application is approved, you will receive an invoice with a link to pay online. The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME)  accepts MasterCard and Visa only. The District Government currently does not accept American Express. No exceptions.

In order to pay by cash or check, the payment will have to be made in person at the DDOT/DCRA Cashier’s Office. This process is time consuming. The Cashier’s Office is located at: 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024. The Cashier’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm and can be reached at (202) 727-4829.


Please review your permit request thoroughly, as all permit transactions are final.