Common questions

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  • What is MiamiFilmOffice.com?

    MiamiFilmOffice.com is the web site for the City of Miami Office of Films, under the Office of the City Manager. Our site is a "one-stop shop" for permitting, government liaison, production information and referral sources. MiamiFilmOffice.com 's mission is to provide service and assistance to all film, television, music, commercial production and still photography businesses to promote industry expansion and economic prosperity.

  • Do I need a permit to shoot in The City of Miami?

    Permits are required for anyone shooting for commercial use. This does not include live news or for personal purposes such as home video. These types of activities do not need film permits.

  • How do I apply for a film permit?

    You can apply for a film permit at www.MiamiFilmOffice.com in the section called "Apply for your City of Miami Film Permit Here". There is no permit application fee. In order to obtain a permit to film, you must provide an insurance certificate for General Liability Insurance naming the City of Miami as an additionally insured.

  • To whom should the insurance be made out?

    - You will need a $1 million dollar general liability insurance certificate. The wording should be as follows: “City of Miami is listed as Additional Insured with respect to claims arising out of the operations of the Named Insured. Coverage is Primary & Non-Contributory basis”.
    - The insurance should be made out to: “City of Miami, 444 SW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33130."

  • Are permits required to film on private property?

    Yes, permits are required to film on private property, however the City of Miami does not authorize filming on Private Property. Authorization to film on private property must be granted by the property owner. If your production will take place on private property, The City of Miami requires that the property owners on adjacent sides of the production location be notified in writing and signature approval from the business / property owner must be attained. A copy of the signature approval must be submitted to the Film Department 48 hrs. before your scheduled shoot.

  • What is the turnaround time for a permit?

    Turnaround time for a permit depends on the complexity of the logistics. We require a minimum of 48 hours notice for permits, although we will attempt to expedite any emergency requests. If Police and/or Fire Department presence is required, there must be a minimum of 72 hours notice is required.

  • How do I pay for my permit?

    - The City of Miami does NOT have an application fee, however, fees may be incurred for additional city services and/or permits. For any such payments, you will need to speak with that department directly regarding payments. For more information please contact our office at (305) 416-1337.

  • Do I need to contact the requested location prior to submitting my permit application?

    You may apply for your permit prior to contacting the location; however, approval must be obtained from the City of Miami location before a film permit will be approved.

  • How do I update a permit I already have?

    If you are extending the filming date please email filmoffice.miamigov.com with the original permit information and an explanation of the change. The office will respond in a timely manner, usually within 24 hrs.

  • Do I need to apply for a new permit for each location?

    No, multiple locations may be listed on each film permit application.

  • What does a Citywide permit cover?

    - The City of Miami no longer issues City Wide Permits.

  • What incentives does the City of Miami offer to productions?

    - There are currently no incentives being offered at this time.