Special Events and Film Production receives all initial film permit requests and insurance certificates, conducts preliminary screening and forwards materials to approving and permitting agencies.
Step One – Submit Film/Photography Permit Request
To film on public property or in parks in the City and County of Denver email the Film/Photography Permit Request
or FAX (720-865-4315) to Special Events and Film Production, at least three (3) business days (72 hours) prior to the shoot date. Requests that include street and/or lane closures must be received at least five (5) business days, prior to the shoot date. A request must include the following information:
- date(s) and time(s) of your shoot (e.g. Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
- location(s) of your shoot
- how much equipment you will be using
- how many people on your shoot
- the nature of your project
- If requesting a Denver city or mountain park location, a completed Parks & Recreation Special Event Application, and * Film/Photography Permit Request must be submitted to their corresponding Offices at least 72 hours prior to the shoot date.
- FILM STUDENTS must present a current student ID when picking up permits.
If your script or photo shoot depicts violence, the use of guns, drugs, gangs, pyrotechnics, explosives, smoke or use of flammable liquids, include an explanation of their use under the “Nature of the Project,” on the Film/Photography Request Form. The Denver Police Department and/or Fire Department 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.
Step Two – Submit Insurance Certificate
A Certificate of Liability Insurance must also be submitted, refer to Insurance Requirements
for language and specifications that must be included. Proof of Insurance must be received at Special Events and Film Production by fax (720-865-4315), before any permits will be issued.
This requirement is waived for student & amateur film projects; a Student/Amateur Insurance Waiver will be forwarded to the permit applicant after the Film/Photography Permit Request has been reviewed.
This waiver must be signed and returned to Special Events and Film Production by fax (720-865-4315), before any permits will be issued.
Step Three – Obtaining Approvals and Issuance of Permits
Special Events and Film Production will forward the permit request and proof of insurance to the appropriate City agencies, which review the request, provide approvals and issue related permits. You will be contacted when permits are available for pick up; or, if requested, the approving agency will fax the approved permit to the fax number on the request.
Hours for Shooting or Filming - The above permits apply to shooting or filming between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Shooting before or after this time frame is prohibited, unless special approval is provided by Special Events and Film 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 the Rules and Regulations