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The Producer’s Guide To Paris Filming Permits: Key Points For Navigating Permits, Costs, And Expertise

If the process of getting a shooting permit to film a video production in our own city can be so daunting, imagine how the experience is in other cities around the world?
Well, here at ACrew4U, we’ve decided to spill the tea on how to obtain shooting permits in different cities around the world.
So, let’s get started with none other than our birth city, Paris!

Do I need a permit to shoot in the city?

For small shoots of less than ten people with portable equipment on the public highway a permit is not always needed. Because it’s not always easy to tell what is or isn’t public highway it’s best to check.
Paris parks and gardens need permits as do the banks of the Seine and around some other landmarks. La Defense is technically not Paris proper and you have to deal with the body that manages it.
Lastly some famous buildings such as the Eiffel Tower when lit, or the Grand Arch of La Defense are covered by copyright or image rights that must be ceded by the architect.
Best to check with an expert!

How do I obtain a permit to shoot in the city?

Both the police and city hall issue or deal with permits according to the type of shoot. So one needs to submit applications with them.

How much does a shooting permit cost in the city?

For a small setup street permits are free at the point of issue, but you need to factor in labour time needed.

How long does a shooting permit last me?

It will last for the duration requested. There are no blanket permits for shooting.

Can I obtain a shooting permit in the city as a foreigner?

Of course, but you’ll need to speak French!


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ACrew4U services in Paris

ACrew4U can help you with video camera crew worldwide, photographers worldwide, event filming and photo as well as production services for TV and photo and contract staff and services for business. We work as an extension of your team, to back your project like it’s our own and our team has over 20 years experience.

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