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

Would we need to have a permit to shoot in Washington, DC?

Yes and no. There are tripod permits. It’s not hard to get a permit. The big question regarding Permits in DC is. Who does that land belong to. Is it. Federal Parks, or city.

How does one get the permit once we figured out whether it’s parks or it’s federal or it’s the city?

You just apply to the specific entities. Dc has a relatively new film Commission. And ad well as the DC Film Commission. Virginia has one, too. And if you’ve a professional in DC who is a member of all the associations you’re that’s good as the network in DC of Professionals is very tight.

How much does it cost to get a permit in Washington, DC And does it take a long time to?

For simple corporate or news shoots (getting B roll and the like), with a knowledgeable local crew, one doesn’t generally need to get permits. The last time I did pull permits was for German crew, which. They were shooting in DC, and they wanted to shoot on the mall. On a lot of places with tripods and with sliders. And I said to them, you know what, let’s pull some permits, but generally you don’t need to.

Why is it a good idea to get a local to help you with finding locations and getting permits?

Vantage Points parking. It’s faster. Also, some buildings. If you’re not from the area. Like, look at The Congress. The guards will come out and shout. And tell you can’t shoot here, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And most shooters have a copy of the relevant portion of the Constitution printed out in their bag with them. A local has seen it all!



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