Film Permit Info Center
Here in the Film Permit Information
Center you will find useful information such as: Who needs a permit?, County General Information, County Owned Facilities and City Filming Regulations.
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Applying for a Film Permit The following information will be needed to apply for a Film Permit:
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County Permitting Guidelines
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, City of Miami, and City of
Miami Beach facilities and properties, as well as for most other local municipalities.
Permits cost $100.00 per each 28 production days. We do require a minimum of 24 hour notice for permits. (Exceptions: Port of Miami, Miami International Airport, Miami-Dade Transit – permits need sometimes up to 14 days notice and are subject to approval), a certificate of insurance additionally insuring Miami-Dade County, or the appropriate municipality, for $1 million of liability and specific information on locations, dates and times, budget information and any other special arrangements. A Film Permit is not required for individuals filming or video taping only for personal or private use or for employees of print or electronic news media for ”breaking news” events. Students and faculty filming exclusively for educational purposes don’t require a film permit, however, we prefer that one is applied for (the permit application fee is waived if the student and project are verified by a school/professor). Also, Miami-Dade County does not require a film permit for shoots on private property (residential or otherwise). However, if you are filming in Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, on sidewalks or streets, or parking vehicles in swale areas, then those areas need to be permitted. Noise ordinances apply to all film permitting. A permit can not be issued in residential and certain other areas prior to 7:00am or after 11:00pm. Please check with the City of Miami and Miami Beach Film offices regarding the conditions for film/photo shoots in residential neighborhoods (see contact info below) To apply for a film permit, please visit www.filmiami.org and fill out the online application form.
Please note: That you can permit for The City of Miami Beach through the FilMiami permitting system at www.FilMiami.org website. However, Miami Beach has their own Film Office and the permits that are submitted through Filmiami.org system for those municipalities, are NOT issued through the Miami-Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment but are issued by The City of Miami Beach. See Below:
Miami Beach Office of Film and Event Production Management – 305-673-7070
For a list of municipalities within Miami-Dade County permitted by the Miami-Dade Office of Film &
Entertainment, please contact us at 305-375-3288
Parks: Arrangements and approval must be made in advance with the appropriate park manager. County
Parks usually charge a film/photo fee. Some Parks limit the number of film crews that can shoot on a particular day. Please contact the park for specific fees and regulations.
Miami-Dade County Transit System Approval and an Access letter must be obtained from the Transit
Special Events coordinator. 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. Click here for more information on Transit.
Miami International Airport Approval must be obtained and coordinated by MIA’s Special Event Manager.
Can take up to 10 days for approval. Filming is subject to availability. Special clearances must be obtained
for filming in certain areas Under no circumstances may weapons faux or real are allowed by cast and
crew on MIA property. Production may be required to hire Miami-Dade County Off-duty police. An electrical
tie-in requires the hiring of the house electrician.
Port of Miami, New and Old Port Bridges Approval must be obtained from the Assistant Director of Seaport Promotions. Letter of intent must be emailed to Sandy Lighterman (firstname.lastname@example.org), Film and Entertainment Coordinator, Miami-Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment. Letter must be on company letterhead and must include: A Seaport Special Events Form (see Film Permit Info Center ) needs to be completed which includes the full names and date of birth for each person in your crew and cast. At least one Off-duty Officer and one Port Security officer must accompany production. Fourteen days advance notice may be required. There is a per person cost for cast and crew security passes. There is a 72 hour minimum advance notice for security clearance and security passes to be issued. Certain other
fees might apply. NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND, FAUX OR OTHERWISE ARE ALLOWED AT THE PORT.
Medical Examiner’s Office: Ability to shoot 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 be 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.
Roads & Bridges: 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.
Road Closures Submission of Road Closure paperwork (available at www.filmiami.org) is required at least 5 working days in advance of the street closing. The road closure permit is only valid with police and fire department signatures of approval. Road closing does not extend beyond 11 p.m. Proper barricades with reflectorized orange and white stripes, and flashers mounted on top of the barricade are required. All road closures are coordinated through our office. MOT (Maintenance of Traffic Plan) by a certified company might be required. In addition to a County film permit, some roads and bridges might require a permit from the Florida Department of Transportation.
Off-Duty Police: The Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment coordinates of the hiring of Miami-Dade Off-Duty police officers for the purpose of a film shoot. Contact the office for further details, 305-375-3288.
Judicial System: Any County Judicial facility requires additional an additional signed Hold Harmelss. 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’s require the hiring of the house electrician.
Residential: We do not permit private homes. However, if a production is utilizing swale areas or congesting a residential neighborhood both a film permit and notification need to be made to the residents affected.
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 and fire permit, as may be required, from MDFR Special Events Bureau prior to the activity. Pyrotechnics will require approval, inspection, permit and may be coordinated via the MDFR Special Events Bureau.
Additional fees for fire permits and personnel apply.