FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Welcome to beautiful Miami Beach – the most
stunning backdrop for your next great project in film, print, and media is at
The Film and Print Office for the City of Miami
Beach is at your service to ensure that your production experience is smooth
and seamless. We welcome you to our white sand beaches, art deco cityscapes,
and tropical rhythms!
Below please find a few helpful hints to
permitting in the City of Miami Beach. For any further questions or concerns,
please contact our office at 305.673.7070.
Do I need a Permit?
& Print permits are required for individuals and businesses wishing to
conduct commercial film, television, video, still photography and all other
media use projects taking place on public property, at residential locations,
when City services are required (such as reserving meters for production
parking or hiring off-duty Police), or when productions may have an impact on
traffic, residents and City services.
Please note that single
camera/photographers with no models, assistants, or other crew, using only
handheld equipment, with no large props and not blocking sidewalks or
businesses are exempt from the permit requirement.
But we are a small team; do we
really need a permit?
your production involves more than a single cameraman/photographer as described
above, you will need a permit.
I’m a student, do I need a
need a permit and are subject to the same rules as a professional production
company. However, you will be covered under your school’s insurance. In order
to tie you to your school’s insurance policy to the City, please submit a copy
of your current valid student identification, and your class schedule,
highlighting the class for which you are completing the production. If your
school’s insurance is not already on file with the City, you will be asked to
provide it. When applying for a permit, please list your school’s name as the
production company. Schools and government agencies are exempt from the
I am in media, do I need a permit?
“Breaking news” is the only exempt use of news permitting. All
other elements with pre-planned use such as
produced packages are required to obtain a Film & Print permit and follow
all coordination requirements, inclusive of proper satellite and microwave van
parking. Vehicle Beach Access policy is in effect at all times, inclusive of
How much do permits cost?
Film & Print Permits are FREE! As an incentive to
encourage production in our community, the City of Miami Beach does not charge
for permits (Option A).
As a convenience to Productions
who would like one site to request locations in both Miami-Dade County and
Miami Beach, productions can use Option B., www.filmiami.org.
This is Miami-Dade’s permitting website and they charge $100 for a permit
request up to 28 days. Only use this option if you also have locations under
Miami-Dade County’s jurisdiction.
For locations in the City of
Miami, please visit www.miamifilmoffice.com.
How quickly can I get a permit?
The Film & Print Office works quickly
and collaboratively to help support and expedite all of your production needs.
Permits are issued Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our office makes
every effort to issue all permits within a few short hours of all deliverables
being submitted by the client.
The more complex the permit request, the
more time the client may need to complete the coordination. Citywide permits
average about 2 days of coordination for first time applicants, but can be
pulled within a day for subsequent applications. Larger permits that require
police staffing and meter rental average 3 to 4 days. Any street closures,
driving shots, stunt work, drone work, and residential uses average around 1
week for permit completion. Of course, it is always best to err on the side of
applying with as much time as possible, so as to ensure all areas are covered.
I have a small shoot, do I need
to provide an Indemnity Agreement?
Yes, the Indemnity agreement is a minimum requirement, along with
the Certificate of insurance, for all permits issued by the City of Miami Beach
Film & Print Office.
Our company is based outside
the US, do I still need to get
the Indemnity Agreement notarized?
Yes. Notaries are available internationally and utilized worldwide
to ensure factual identification of the person signing.
How do I know if I need
all American companies that hire more than three full time employees are
required by State law to have Worker’s Compensation. The State of Florida
requires you to have Worker’s Compensation even if you are from out of state,
if your state requires it. International clients should check with their local
I want to film in South Beach, is this you?
“South Beach” is a section of Miami Beach from the tip of South Pointe Park to 23 Street. Also part of our beautiful City is Mid-Beach, from 23 Street to 63 Street and North Beach, from 63 Street
to 87 Terrace.
The entirety of the City of
Miami Beach runs from South Pointe up to 87 Terrace,
inclusive of many of the bordering residential islands, including Palm, Star,
Hibiscus, the Venetian Islands
from San Marino Eastward, the Sunset Islands, La Gorce, Allison Island, and
Normandy Island. Miami Beach is its own City with its own government and
resources, but is part of Miami-Dade County. This City issues our own City of
Miami Beach permits, and does not flow though the County. The City of Miami is
a distinct municipality.
I have a Countywide Permit is this good in Miami Beach?
Miami-Dade County Film Office permits on behalf of cities and unincorporated
areas within Miami-Dade County with the exception of cities that choose to
permit on their own behalf such as Coral Gables, the City of Miami, and the
City of Miami Beach. Because the City of Miami Beach has a high volume of
permit requests and specific rules and regulations put in place by our City
Commission, we have a dedicated Film & Print Office which oversees all
permitting within the City of Miami Beach.
What is a Citywide Permit?
most user friendly permit in the State of Florida – only available right here
in beautiful Miami Beach! Citywide permits allow filming and photography on
public property throughout Miami Beach (this does not include residentially zoned
areas) without having any exclusivity to a certain area. In other words, free
access to film throughout the City on an as needed basis. In order to
qualify for this permit, cast & crew size must be under 12 people with
handheld equipment, and cannot interfere with pedestrian and vehicular traffic
or impact any businesses. These permits are ideal for reality shows, host stand
ups, b-roll and fashion & portrait photography shoots and generally do not
require an off-duty officers, although there are exceptions at the discretion
of the Film & Print Office. Citywide permits can be requested up to 1 month
at a time as long as the insurance and indemnity on file are active.
Does the beach fall under a Citywide permit?
beach is public property in a non-residential area, so it would fall under a
Citywide permit subject to the same Citywide terms as non-beach areas (Miami
Beach does not have any private beaches). Please note that Productions with
Citywide permits cannot interfere with a beachfront concessionaire (beach chair
rentals, snack huts, Jet Ski rental, etc.) without the concessionaire’s prior
Can I use a drone?
Yes. The City of Miami Beach follows all
FAA regulations for drone permitting. Along with license, insurance and drone
spec requirements, the drone cannot fly over any non participating parties
(anyone other than the cast & crew). That means the drone has to fly over a
controlled non populated area. Drones used over rooftops, the ocean, or above a
closed and controlled set work well.
What can be challenging to arrange are
drone flights over traffic, parks, streets, cafes, etc. The Film & Print
Office works closely with all productions requesting the use of drones so that
all FAA requirements are met. We can suggest affordable ways to get your shot
requiring the least amount of off-duty officers used for control. Please note
that Citywide permits DO NOT include the use of drones. Any use of drones
requires an approved flight plan and at least one officer to enforce the plan,
even over water or private property. Please contact our offices for further
guidance to help ensure a smooth permitting effort when using drones.
Where can I park production vehicles?
When you need essential equipment vehicles close to the set or to
clear on-street metered spaces for picture, please scout, identify and collect
the meter numbers that are necessary. The meter numbers are etched onto round
metal discs glued to the curb.
Then please fill out and follow
the submission instructions on the Parking Meter Request Form found online at www.filmiamibeach.com / Forms, use the
Notification Form also found online, to notify all directly impacted businesses and
residents, and submit the filled out notification form with all the addresses
notified to the Film & Print Office. Please advise the Film & Print
Office of your parking plan before you submit your order, since the Film &
Print Office approves all production parking requests as part of the Film &
Print permitting process. We base that approval on confirmation that the
request is for parking for essential vehicles only, no personal vehicles will
be parked, police staffing for more 6 or meters reserved, that the production
has made attempts to minimize impact to the area by utilizing metered spaces
along parks, garages and lots and shuttered businesses as much as possible, and
that the area has been properly notified. Any valet spaces being requested
require signature approval of the valet company directly, and relocation of the
valet ramp. The Film & Print Office will walk you through this process.
Where can I park crew?
There are several private and municipal lots available and the
Film & Print Office is happy to offer suggestions and advice. The City
offers pre-arranged crew parking at a discounted rate of $10/vehicle in most
City owned garages.
I need to put vehicles on the Beach, how do I do this?
essential production vehicles can have access to the beach. These production
vehicles must have a pre-arranged Vehicle Access Pass and an off-duty escort,
as well as a valid Film & Print Permit. Production vehicles with access to
the beach for parking are strictly regulated, and safety is of the upmost
importance. Please make arrangements for Vehicle Access Passes directly with
the Film Office so that we may facilitate the process.
How do I reserve an off-duty officer?
Film & Print permit application has been submitted, and all elements
discussed with the Film & Print office, productions can then coordinate
their off-duty detail. For film and video projects please call the Off-Duty
Police Office at 305.673.7823, for print projects please email Lt. Douglas
Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request your officer(s). For larger productions requiring at least 3
officers, productions will be assigned a police coordinator by the Off-Duty
Police Office. Your Police coordinator will be dedicated to the production and
available during non-office hours for any changes and adjustments to your
police staffing. In these cases, the Film and Print Office can provide an
estimate of how many police officers will be needed, but the Police coordinator
will have the authority to give the final recommendation.
Productions are required to pre-pay for
officers. Cancellations may be done up to 24 hours in advance for a full
refund; otherwise productions are responsible for the four hour minimum of each
officer requested. Please allow at least 2 days to request and pay for an
officer, and longer during peak times, such as the months of February and March
and the during Art Basel which usually falls on first week of December. The
Film & Print Office will walk you through this process.
What is the best way to reach you?
The Film & Print Office’s direct line is 305.673.7070 and our office email is email@example.com. Please visit the
“About Us” tab for our individual email addresses.
How can I request stock footage?
Miami Beach is filmed and photographed heavily and most stock
footage companies will carry footage from our beautiful City. Please visit the
"Links" button for links to the Miami Production Guide to find such
companies. For broadcast use only, the GMCVB has limited HD footage. See
"Links" for a link to the GMCVB's website.
Could you recommend some crew or production companies?
government agency, we are unable to make referrals, as we must treat everyone
equally. However, there is a production guide which allows vendors to register
for listings. Please visit the “Links” button for links to the Miami Production