The City of Austin requires certain permits for filming in Austin public spaces, including if filming occurs in the right-of-way, in a City park, or at the airport.

Please visit the Film Permits FAQ Page page for more information or contact Kim McCarson, Economic and Business Liaison, at Kimberly.Mccarson@austintexas.gov and 512-974-7963.

Permits for Temporary Use of Streets and Sidewalks

  • The City of Austin requires a permit for using a street or sidewalk for filming in Austin.
  • Applications must be submitted 2 to 3 days prior to filming, depending on the type of film. Applications can be requested through the Right of Way Management Approval Network.
  • There are no fees required for this permit.
  • There is an insurance requirement of $500,000 of general liability insurance that lists the City of Austin as an additional insured.
  • A traffic control plan must be submitted as a part of the permit application.
  • A map of the area being permitted must also be submitted.
  • Notification of affected property owners or residents is required.
  • Notification of the Austin Police Department is required.

For other details about this permit, please contact Right of Way Management at 512-974-1150.

Permits for Filming in Parks

To film at City of Austin Parks permitting inquiries must be made through the Parks & Recreation Department (see the film permit section for filming permit application). Please contact Jason Maurer, Special Events Office Manager, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, at reservations@austintexas.gov and 512-974-6797.

Permits for Filming and Photography at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA)

Visit the airport website for a list of guidelines and to download an application form provided by the City's Department of Aviation. Please direct any filming and photography questions to Melissa Vidal, Properties Program Manager, Austin-Bergstorm International Airport, at Melissa.Vidal@austintexas.gov and 512-530-2461.

State of Texas - Capital Grounds

If you would like to film on the State Capital Grounds, you must make a request to the State Preservation Board.

State of Texas - Public Properties

In order to film on a state-owned building, park, or other property a request must be submitted to the Texas Film Commission. For further information please contact film@gov.texas.gov and 512-463-9200.

University of Texas at Austin

All campus filming inquires should be directed to Paige Tuttle, Media Relations Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, at utfilming@utexas.edu and 512-471-2389.