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Insurance Requirements:

In order to obtain a permit to film in any of the FilMiami jurisdictions -- Miami Beach or Miami-Dade County -- you must  email an insurance certificate for one million dollars General Liability Insurance naming that jurisdiction as additionally insured. 

The insurance certificate must be  emailed to the film office for the jurisdiction where you want to film. The wording to appear on the insurance certificates and the email addresses are:

 

Miami-Dade County
111 NW 1st Street, 12th floor
Miami, FL 33128
Phone: 305-375-3288
E-mail Miami-Dade County 
City of Miami Beach
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-673-7070
E-mail City of Miami Beach
 

In addition to the general liability insurance requirement, the City of Miami Beach has an additional Indemnity Agreement that must be signed prior to receiving a permit.
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Municipalities that FilMiami permits for:

Each Municipality requires their own insurance certificate.

  • Miami Beach Filming Regulations
    If you are filming in Miami Beach and locations that the County Film office
    permits for you may apply for a film permit on our website.
  • Town of Cutler Bay
    10720 Caribbean Boulevard
    Cutler Bay, FL 33189
  • City of Doral
    8401 NW 53rd Terrace
    Doral, Fl 33166
  • Village of El Portal
    500 NE 87th Street   
    El Portal, FL 33138
  • City of Florida City
    404 West Palm Drive   
    Florida City, FL 33034
    Additional  fees apply
  • City of Hialeah
    501 Palm Avenue   
    Hialeah, FL 33011
  • City of Hialeah Gardens
    3299 W. 76th Avenue   
    Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018
  • Town of Medley
    7777 NW 72nd Avenue
    Medley, Florida 33166
  • City of Miami Gardens
    1515 NW 167th Street   
    Miami Gardens, FL 33169
  • Town of Miami Lakes
    15150 NW 79th Ct.
    Miami Lakes, Fl 33016 
  • City of Miami Springs
    201 Westward Drive   
    Miami Springs, FL 33166
    Additional forms and fees apply
  • City of North Miami Beach
    17011 NE 19th Avenue   
    North Miami Beach, FL 33162
  • North Bay Village
    1666 Kennedy Causeway, 3rd Floor
    North Bay Village, Florida 33141
  • Village of Palmetto Bay
    9705 East Hibiscus   
    Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
  • City of South Miami
    6130 Sunset Drive   
    South Miami, FL 33143 
    South Miami Special Events Handbook (PDF)
    South Miami Application (PDF)
    Additional forms and fees apply
  • Village of Virginia Gardens
    6498 NW 38th Ter
    Virginia Gardens, FL 33166
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Municipalities that permit themselves:

 

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Miami-Dade County Park Fees and Rules
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Permitting Procedures for Temporary Tents and Membrane Structures

http://www.miamidade.gov/permits/library/brochures/permitting-membrane-structures.pdf

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Miami-Dade County Police and Fire Departments

Miami-Dade County Off-Duty Police: 

Miami-Dade County Police on Camera

  • For requests for Miami-Dade County Police on Camera please contact our office, 305-375-3288 to begin the process.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department

Special Effects & Pyrotechnics: 

  •  For film/photo shoot activities in the jurisdiction of the County, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) does require that the permit holder obtain required approval, fire standby & fire permit, as may be required, from MDFR Special Events Bureau prior to the activity.  Pyrotechnics will require approval, inspection & permit & may be coordinated via the MDFR Special Events Bureau. Additional fees for fire permits and personnel might apply. The MDFR permits are in addition to a film permit that is also necessary for pyrotechnics, even if on private property.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue on Camera

  • If a rescue truck or fire truck will be part of movie shoot, please contact Miami-Dade Fire
    Rescue Public Information Office for script approval at 786-331-5202
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Miami-Dade Transit

 Approval and an Access letter must be obtained from the Transit Special Events coordinator through our office. Special conditions apply to each individual request.  Most film/photo requests require the hiring of a County designated security guard to accompany film shoots on the Transit system.

  • The preferred days for filming on the Metrorail are Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The preferred Metrorail Station for filming on a stationary train is the Palmetto Station.
  • The preferred Metromover station for filming is the Museum Station.
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Miami International Airport

Approval must be obtained and coordinated by MIA's Special Event Manager through our office. The Miami International Airport request to film form must be completed and  emailed to Dorothea "Dee" Belz Dbelz@filmiami.org or Jeanie Lisenby LISENBY@miamidade.gov, Film and Entertainment permit coordinators for the Miami-Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment. (Who, what, where, when and how, including equipment, parking needs, catering, crew cars, trucks, and electrical needs.)  It can take up to 14 days for approval. Filming is subject to availability. Special clearances must be obtained for filming in certain areas. NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND, FAUX OR OTHERWISE ARE ALLOWED BY CAST OR CREW AT ANY AIRPORT. All filming at Miami International Airport requires a K-9 sweep (Officer is $46.50 per hour with a three hour minimum, the canine is $8.00 plus $4.00 per hour for the police car and a Miami-Dade County Police Officer (Officer is $46.50 per hour with a three hour minimum). Be advised it can take 48 hours after the officers have been paid for to fill the request. The K-9 sweep is held at the cell phone lot. An electrical tie-in requires the hiring of the house electrician.     

The preferred location for filming at Miami International Airport is Terminal J third level.                                                  

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PortMiami

PortMiami location approvals must be obtained from the Office of the Port Director.  A completed PortMiami Request to Film form and a completed POM Cast & Crew Security form (see PortMiami Filming Regulations for forms) must be  emailed to Dorothea "Dee" Belz (dbelz@filmiami.org) Film and Entertainment Permit Coordinator, or Jeanie Lisenby (Lisenby@miamidade.gov), Permit Coordinator, Miami-Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment.  At least one off-duty MDPD officer must accompany each production.  The total number of MDPD and Port Security officers will be determined by the size, scope, and location of your project.  Additional fees may apply.

 

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Medical Examiner's Office:

The ability to film at the ME's Office is on a case-by-case basis. At a minimum an Indemnification Agreement/Waiver of Liability must be signed and the understanding of the Dale Earnhardt Law is understood and abided by. Please contact the Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment for more information, 305-375-3288. A film permit is required in addition to any paperwork that the ME's Office provides.

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Water and Sewer Department:
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Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources
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Deering Estate
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Vizcaya
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Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is a leading attraction with numerous locations that are well suited for use by commercial photographers for print, broadcast, digital media or commercial production, as long as the production is in accordance with our mission. These sites can be made available only during off-peak days and times including weekdays, Monday through Thursday.  Shoots are structured to ensure minimal inconvenience to Zoo visitors. 

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Roads & Bridges

The ability to shoot on roads or bridges is on a case-by-case basis. In addition to a County film permit, some roads and bridges might require a permit from the Florida Department of Transportation. Please contact the Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment for more information, 305-375-3288. Filming on most roads and bridges in Miami-Dade County require the hiring of off-duty police. In addition, filming on bridges may require the hiring of a bridge supervisor. No permission will be give to film on roads and/or bridges during rush hour traffic. All road and bridge permissions are coordinated through our office.

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Judicial System

Any County Judicial facility requires a signed Hold Harmless Agreement. Permission for filming must be obtained both from the facilities supervisor as well as the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida Director's Office of Government Liaison and Public Relations. All Interior and Courtroom requests require approval from Administrative Judge. Any electrical tie-in requires the hiring of the house electrician.
For information on permitting a specific location contact our office at 305-375-3288.
            

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Permitting Requirements For Students

Film Permits are generally required throughout Miami-Dade County and each of its municipalities for commercial film, video or still photo shoots that are conducted on public property; that is, on roads and streets, sidewalks, or in parks, beaches or public buildings. FilMiami.org offers one stop on-line permitting for Miami-Dade County and City of Miami Beach facilities and properties, as well as for most other local municipalities.

Download the complete Student Requirements. Students must read, sign and return the last two pages of the Student Requirements.

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Other Agencies: State, National, and Military...

Permitting information for other agencies.

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