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ALERT

The Office of Special Events will start accepting film applications for productions of 10 people or less starting Saturday 5/9/20 

*Please note that Red Rocks Park and Civic Center Park are currently closed until further notice.

 

 

Photo collage of film sets around Denver

Denver is proud to host hundreds of film and photography projects each year and the Office of Special Events (OSE) is here to help guide you through the film permitting process. The office can discuss location options, process applications, help coordinate approvals and will issue the final film permit.

As stated in the Film Permit Rules and Regulations, a permit may be required to film on public property in Denver, including in parks, streets, sidewalks and alleys. Please read the section below to determine if your shoot requires a permit.  If it does, complete the Film Permit Application at least five (5) business days prior to the shoot date.  We recommend that you apply fourteen (14) days in advance if you have a larger or more complex production.

The City cannot give you permission to shoot on private property.  Below is a list of popular private property locations for film/photo shoots and the corresponding contact. If you would like to use any of these areas, please reach out and coordinate directly with the contact listed.

Please reach out to the Office of Special Events with any questions you may have at denverfilms@denvergov.org or 720-913-1501.

Planning a film production or photo shoot in Denver? Here's what you need to know.

You are required to obtain a film permit if ANY of the following apply to your shoot on public property:

  • the production involves more than 5 people total
  • equipment other than handheld cameras is being used
  • the flow of traffic, pedestrian or vehicular, will be impacted
  • public parking is utilized or impacted
  • a generator is being used
  • pyrotechnics are being used
  • chase scenes, violence, or crime is being depicted
  • you would like exclusive use of an area, closing it down to the public

Even when a film permit is not required, it is your responsibility to know the rules governing the area in which you are shooting and to ensure that the location remains open to the public.  Please review the PARK RULES prior to any shoot in a City of Denver Park.

Note:  Permits are NOT required for same day media coverage

There is no cost to apply for and obtain a film permit.  Depending on the activities taking place as part of the shoot, there may be costs associated with other permits if required.  In addition, you may be responsible for any staffing costs if City employees need to be on site or supervising production activities.

For use of any of these locations, please coordinate directly with the contacts listed.

16th Street Pedestrian Mall- Pam Sellden psellden@downtowndenver.com 303-571-8221

Wynkoop Plaza (outside of Union Station)- Ryan Butcher rbutcher@downtowndenver.com 303-779-5710

Union Station (inside)- Sam Gentry sam@unionstationindenver.com

Larimer Square- Sallie Hutcheson info@larimersquare.com

Denver Art Museum- Iris Kosmicki ikosmicki@denverartmuseum.org

Millennium Bridge- Bob Blodgett Bob.Blodgett@claconnect.com or Anna Jones anna.jones@claconnect.com 303-779-5710

Once the film permit application is submitted, the Office of Special Events (OSE) will confirm receipt of the application.  OSE will forward the permit request to the appropriate city agencies and provide you with guidance on any additional requirements or permits needed for your shoot.  Once all approvals have been granted, OSE will issue you a film permit via email.

Hours for Shooting or Filming - The film permit allows for activity between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. Setting up, filming, or breaking down before or after this time frame is prohibited.

Notice of Shooting or Filming - If any activity related to your shoot may cause noise or any disturbance to the normal activity in the area, you must provide advance notice to businesses and residents close by as specified in Film Rules & Regulations

You will need to create an account to get started. Once you have an account, the film application will only take a few minutes to complete. The Office of Special Events will reach out to you directly with any questions or if additional information is needed.

 

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