APPLY FOR A PERMIT
NEEDS A PERMIT? Film & Print permits are required for individuals and businesses
wishing to conduct commercial film, television, video, photography and all
other media use projects taking place on public property, at residential locations,
when City services are required, like reserving meters for production parking,
or when productions may have an impact on traffic, residents and City services. CITYWIDE
PERMITS: Citywide permits are the only permits that do not require an officer
escort, with some exemptions at the discretion of the Film & Print Office.
Miami Beach Citywide permits allow for small teams (typically twelve or less
people in total) with minimal equipment (must be easily and quickly
transported) to film on Miami Beach streets, sidewalks, City beaches and parks
that do not require rental fees, assuming the production does not block
pedestrian or vehicular traffic or impact private business or concessionaire
without specific coordination. Equipment allowed includes camera, tripod,
reflectors and battery operated lights. No generators or cabling allowed. No
reserved or authorized parking permitted, including vehicles on beaches or
parks. Miami Beach Citywide does not include residential areas, aerial or
driving shots, which require additional coordination and permitting in the City
of Miami Beach. The Miami
Beach Citywide Permit is the easiest most accessible way to film or shoot
photography on our streets, beaches and parks.
Used widely by reality shows, news package teams, host stand-up, man on
the street interviews, fashion shoots, portrait photographers and of course,
b-roll. DRONE USE:For any use
of drones (or UAS requests) as part of your commercial filming activity, the
City of Miami Beach follows FAA guidelines as follows:
permitting consideration, please provide:
• FAA issued pilot or operator license
• Drone registration number
• Pilot/operator’s insurance naming The
City of Miami Beach, 1700 Convention Center Drive,
Miami Beach, FL as certificate holder
• Manufacturer detail showing weight of
UAS to be less than 55 lbs
• Date and times of each UAS filming
• An overhead map showing the flight
path/vector of use for the proposed UAS filming area, including height from ground and projected speed with a
notation of where the drone
operator will be stationed.*
the area, please keep in mind that the area of use must be free and
clear of all general public during the use of a UAS for filming. Only the
cast and crew hired by the production (and named under the worker’s
compensation policy of the production) are allowed within the designated area
as per FAA regulations, this includes use of streets, beaches, sidewalks and
parks. Securing an area for drone use can be done by hiring
off-duty officers and possibly Ocean Rescue if appropriate. The Film
office will review all requests with the production to determine staffing
levels and may be able to recommend more affordable alternatives.
APPLY FOR A
Certificate of Insurance
AND FEES: The City of Miami Beach offers complimentary permits! That’s right,
free! We do not charge permit fees, square footage fees, usage fees or any
other fee. You only pay for what you use a la cart, like meter rentals, and
Film & Print Office works quickly and collaboratively to help support and
expedite all of your production needs. Permits are issued Monday through Friday
9am to 5pm. We attempt to issue all permits within a few hours of all
deliverables being submitted by the client. The more complex the permit
request, the more time the client needs to complete the coordination. Citywide permits average about 2 days of
coordination for first time applicants, but then can be pulled within a day. Larger
permits that require police staffing and meter rental average 3 to 4 days. Any
closures, driving shots, stunt work, drone work and regular residential uses,
around 1 week. Of course it is always best to err on the side of applying with
as much time as possible, to give some leeway.
Hint: You can review our Film & Print Guidelines here (add link) or give us
a call at 305.673.7070 if you have any questions before submitting your
Indemnity Agreement: This agreement must be completed and
submitted to the Film & Print Office before any permits can be issued.
Indemnity agreements must be completed by the President or a legally authorized
individual representative of the applicant. The Indemnity agreement must be
notarized by a notary public which are found worldwide or in lieu of this, the
company can place their government issued corporate seal. Please scan and send
the Indemnity Agreement to the Film & Print Office via email and then you
can place the original in the regular mail. Indemnity agreements are valid for
3 years. Please give us a call if you have any questions regarding the
agreement 305.673.7070 or email email@example.com .
Insurance: The City
of Miami Beach requires a Certificate of General Liability Insurance with a
minimum coverage of one million ($1,000,000.00) dollars, or of equal value in
foreign currency with the territory of the United States covered. The
certificate must name the City of Miami Beach, 1700 Convention Center Drive,
Miami Beach, FL 33139 as certificate holder and the City also needs to be
listed as Additional Insured. If your company is required to carry Worker’s
Compensation per State or Provence requirements, please also include proof of
Option A: Please use this free permit request
if you are only filming in the City of Miami Beach: City of Miami Beach Film and Print
Online Permit request.
Option B: Miami Dade County charges $100 per
permit request that is good for 28 days. If you will also be permitting areas
within Miami Dade County’s jurisdiction like the airport, Crandon or Haulover
Park, you can add Miami Beach locations to that permit request without an extra
charge from the County: www.filmiami.org .
note that the City of Miami Beach and the City of Miami are two separate
cities. If you wish to pull a permit for
the City of Miami, for areas like Downtown, Wynwood and Little Havana and
Little Haiti, please go to www.miamifilmoffice.com.
Vehicle Beach Access: Productions requesting to park
essential vehicles on the beach or sand (Hard Pack) areas of Miami Beach may
purchase Vehicle Access Passes for each production vehicle that needs to access
the beach including any catering vehicles.
The passes require an off-duty escort at all times, the cost is 1st
pass free and each additional $150.
During the summer months from June through September, passes are half
price as an incentive: 1st pass free, each additional $75. Please
contact the Film & Print Office directly for more information 305.673.7070
or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Guidelines: The City
of Miami Beach does permit for all residential Film & Print uses within
City limits as per City Code, no matter the size of the production or the type
of residence. Filming or shooting stills in a residential property without a
permit is a code violation and can result in a citation being issued.
Permittees will be given all instructions and guidance in how to coordinate a
residential permit at the time of application. You can also call our office for
more information before you apply 305.673.7070 or review our Residential
Filming Guidelines (link here).
Special Events Permits: If your request includes the general
public, like a real concert with an audience that is being filmed (as opposed
to a staged concert done only for the benefit of the camera without amplified
sound and using casted extras), a Special Event Permit may be required. We realize that it may be difficult to
determine which category your production will fall under, please call our
office to discuss your proposed production so we can guide you to the proper
department if necessary. If you would
like to review the Special Event Permitting requirements, please go to www.eventsmiamibeach.com .