If you are performing student or commercial filming activities in the right of way, including b-roll footage, still photography, and blocking, directing, impeding, or rerouting of any/all traffic modes, this is the permit you will need. Read "Film Considerations" for a list of specific types of work.
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What do I need to know before applying for my Film Permit?
- You must provide the following documents:
- The approved Austin Police Department (APD) Application
- A detailed map showing your filming location, including staged equipment and parking
- A Notification and Signoff Form delivered to all adjacent properties (i.e. property owner, manager, or resident)
- Adjacent properties are those that are immediately next to an impacted area
- Make at least two attempts to contact; if contact cannot be made then submit a statement noting the dates the attempts were made
- This is NOT required when only performing b-roll activity
- A Traffic Control Plan (TCP) and Letter of Intent from your barricade company, if performing any right of way closures
- If an engineered TCP will be used, email TCPReview@austintexas.gov for review/approval. Type "Film" at the beginning of the subject line.
- You must submit your request for APD approval a minimum of five (5) days in advance.
- You must submit your request for a film permit a minimum of three (3) days in advance.
- There is no cost for a right of way film permit.
- If you're filming on private property and parking is necessary, you must apply for a Parking Permit.
- If the date, time, or nature of the film activity changes, it will be necessary to update the APD Application and Notification and Signoff forms and redistribute them.
How is b-roll activity defined?
B-roll is defined as short-duration filming. In the City of Austin, filming of 15 minutes or less, in one location, can be permitted as b-roll. If only filming b-roll, then the Notification and Signoff process does not apply.
When applying for a b-roll permit, do not list every impacted block/street segment. Instead, list only the four properties that capture the boundary of your B-roll filming area: one property for the northernmost point, one property for the southernmost point, one property for the easternmost point, and one property for the westernmost point. If capturing B-roll in the downtown area, use the following four properties:
- 101-118 E MLK Blvd
- 2239-2308 Barton Skwy
- 700-715 Chicon St
- 1300-1317 Newfield Ln
If capturing B-roll across the whole city, use the following four properties:
- 17100-17321 Ennis Trl
- 5600-5621 Boros Dr
- 10500-11911 Blue Bluff Rd
- 990-9917 Fallow Run
Read more about the requirements for b-roll in the "Film Considerations" document linked above.
How do I apply for a Film Permit?
Read “How to Apply for Permits on the ABC Website”. Log in to ABC to apply for the permit:
- Select "Apply for Right of Way Permits / Special Events" from the menu on the left side of the screen, then select "Right of Way" to view application options
- Description: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How
- Example: ABC Film Co. will film an action scene from our movie “Big Trouble in Little ROW” at the 400 blk of Lavaca St between W 5th and W 6th St. Will use APD for all traffic control. One camera truck and one still camera. Filming will occur from 10pm-2am on 01/01/20-01/02/20.
- Meter numbers you’ll be occupying