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Filming in Denver

Denver is home to mild weather, blue skies, beautiful parks, historic buildings, unique neighborhoods and a Rocky Mountain backdrop, making a location scout’s job easy. Since the first films were shot in Colorado in 1897, the City and County of Denver has been supportive of local and out-of-state film projects and commercial productions.

How to Obtain a Film Permit

To film on public property or in parks in the City and County of  Denver you must complete the event/film application form (found here), at least five (5) business days prior to the shoot date. Requests that include street and/or lane closures must be received at least seven (5) business days, prior to the shoot date. 

ALL requests must include the following information:

  1. date(s) and time(s) of your shoot (e.g. Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
  2. location(s) of your shoot *
  3. how much equipment you will be using
  4. how many people on your shoot
  5. the nature of your project **

**  If your script or photo shoot depicts violence, the use of guns, drugs, gangs, pyrotechnics, explosives, smoke or use of flammable liquids, include information on the Special Event/Film Application. The Denver Police Department(DPD) and/or Denver Fire Department (DFD) will be notified, and they may require a copy of the script before required permits or approvals can be obtained. If DPD or DFD personnel are required to be on site for your shoot additional charges will apply. 

 

 

If a Certificate of Liability Insurance is required, it must be submitted to the Office of Special Events in a timely manner.

Proof of Insurance must be received at denverfilms@denvergov.org before any permits will be issued.

Insurance Requirements 

The City and County of Denver requires the following information on your Proof of Insurance:

  1. Insurance amount required: $1,000,000 (one million dollars)

  2. Under Description of Operations the following language must be included:

    "The City and County of Denver, its Officers, Officials and Employees are included as Additional Insureds under the General Liability as respects to liability arising out of the filming activities of the Named Insured."

  3. Under Certificate Holder the following language must be included:

    The City/County of Denver

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The Office of Special Events will forward the permit request and proof of insurance to the appropriate City agencies, which review the request, provide approvals and issue related permits. Permits will be emailed to you upon completion.

Hours for Shooting or Filming - The permits apply to shooting or filming between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Shooting before or after this time frame is prohibited, unless special approval is provided by Film and Video Production.
 

Notice of Shooting or Filming - If the filming activity may cause noise or any disturbance to the normal activity in the area where filming is to take place, the applicant must provide notice to businesses and residents of the area, as specified in Film & TV Rules and Regulations.  This notification must occur prior to the filming activity.

 

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