If you want to film in public places, you’ll need to apply for filming permission.

Film permits are issued documents that grant you permission to film in certain countries. These permits can be issued by the local city government or council or even national bodies, depending on the country you’re filming in. It’s important to get these permits during the pre-production phase because failing to get the right permission can leave you unable to shoot in your chosen location.  The project’s location scout or film fixer should oversee film permit applications. 

Types of Filming Permit

The type of filming permission you’ll need depends on the location and type of filming.

For example, you may need permission to film in public places, such as high streets, parks and other spaces. Some cities have rules against drone filming, while others have criteria you have to follow when using a drone. You’ll have to apply for special permission if you plan to shoot on a UNESCO site, historic or otherwise protected area.

How much does a film permit cost?

The cost of a film permit will depend on a number of factors and varies from country to country and city to city. Working with an experienced international team of film fixers can give you the best chances of having access to all the pricing information you could need.  


At NEEDaFIXER, we have many years of experience in productions of all sizes and can sort out the necessary film permits.

We have fixers around the world, in countries such as Greece, the UK, Spain, Italy, France, the United States, Cyprus, Canada,  Japan and many others. Let us handle the permissions for filming on public roads, in historic monuments,  on private land and in many other places.  Your paperwork will be submitted to the appropriate bodies on time. We also negotiate fees and maximise tax incentives wherever possible.

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