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How to File for a Shooting Permit

April 20, 2012 IADT Chicago, Video and Animation Production, IADT General 0 Comments

film productionMany cities and towns have meticulous application procedures to apply for shooting permits if you’re involved in film and video production. Finding out the procedures can be as simple as going online and searching on the town's website. However, before searching, it can be helpful to know what to expect.

The following are typical requirements for filing a shooting permit in most towns:

  • There is usually an application process, and it would behoove you not to wait until the last minute. Many have deadlines or requirements that you must submit an application at least 48 hours prior to shooting time. In order to obtain the application, check the town's website; it may be offered in a file online or the website may have a contact number to call.
  • Make sure you are equipped to pay application fees. In addition, some applications may require you to post "good faith" deposits to ensure appropriate cleanup and restoration of the shooting site.
  • Perhaps the most important documentation you must provide is an insurance certificate. Most will ask that you name the city in which you wish to shoot as "Additional Insured" and require at least $500,000 coverage. Contact your insurance agent or the city clerk's office for help with this step.
  • If you wish to shoot at night, find out if the town has any regulations regarding late-night noise ordinances. You may have to gain approval from residents via signatures.

During the application process, you may also be asked for plans and various other types of information pertinent to your shoot. The key is to be prepared to provide paperwork and documentation to show you have everything all worked out. Some of documents you should have can include:

  • A risk assessment plan
  • A traffic management plan
  • A pedestrian management plan
  • The dates and times of your shoot
  • The number or people and/or vehicles expected to be on site

When in doubt, contact an officer at the clerk's office of the town in which you want to shoot. It is important to map out your plan for your shoot before applying for your permit. Consider a film, video and post production program to learn more about the film making process and the technical procedures involved. Happy filming!

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