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Parking - DC Film

Like most major metropolitan cities -- parking can be chanllenging in DC. This office--working closely with the District's Department of Transportation--will work to explore available options and alternatives given the current demand in the city.

We will find a way to make it work. However, we do ask that if at all possible, your production arrange alternate parking in one of the city's many garages, surface lots, satellite parking, Metro, etc.

And we will strongly support any GREENER alternative you may choose.

For those productions that absolutely will require parking, please contact us and apply as soon as possible so that we can work with other city agencies, community groups, residents and businesses to lessen the impact as much as possible.

We will, however make every effort to find spaces that aren't already permitted and reserve for you. But we should stress that even with a permit and posted parking signs, DC's parking spaces are, in-practice, allotted by a mixture of first-come-first-served, signage and regulations (as the ticket writer sees them), and to a much lesser degree (if at all) civility. Ruthlessness sometimes reigns, as folks find signs torn down or tickets written on perfectly legal posted signage.

Please limit your requests to parking for commercial vehicles (box trucks, grip, electric, AV etc) absolutely essential to your production. Even still, parking for essential production vehicles close to your filming location is subject to availability and is not guaranteed. Also, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) must approve any requests for parking exceptions (i.e. rush hour waivers, parking in "no parking" areas, etc.)

Volume is higher during particular times of the year, so you should try to submit your request to us at least:

  • Five (7) full days prior to the first day of parking when requesting commercial parking only; or
  • Fourteen (14) full days prior to the first day of parking when requesting residential, large swaths, or special exemptions/waivers and of course road closures.