Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the average turnaround time for a permit?

This depends on the scope and complexity of your permit request. Generally, we can turn a permit application around in approximately 24-48 hours. Again, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

What is the deadline for applying for a filming permit?

If your plans involve a street closure, your application will not be approved unless it is received at least five (5) business days prior to closure. For a lane closure, a minimum of three (3) business days is required. For a sidewalk closure, a minimum of 48 hours is required.

There is no official application deadline, but you will incur rush fees for applying less than 72 hours before filming begins. You may also choose to voluntarily pay the rush fee if you need your permit turned around in a shorter amount of time.

If I apply for the same time and location as another production, who gets to film there?

Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. The office will make every reasonable effort to find the unpermitted production a suitable alternative location. To prevent a conflict, it is recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible.

I’ve been issued a permit already, but some of the details have changed. Can I change what my permit says?

Yes. Please contact the office to receive a change request form and submit it as soon as possible to prevent noncompliance fees.

I’m filming on public property as part of newsgathering activities. Do I need a permit?

No. The First Amendment covers your right to film and gather news on public property.

Are there any minimum age requirements for the issuing of a student filming permit? Are homeschooled students eligible? Does a parent need to co-sign?

All we require is proof of student status. Please visit the student filmmaking page for more information.

I still have questions and/or concerns. Who can I contact?

Please call our office at 404.330.6006 and we will be happy to discuss your project with you.

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