Orlando film commission
The Orlando Film Commission is permitting in all jurisdictions across the region. As you are defining your plans for production, please keep in mind the regional guidelines for re-opening. All permits submitted must include a plan to keep a safe set – keeping cast, crew and surrounding neighbors/business owners safe is something that should be in place with specific tasks designated for each crew member and built in accountability. Take a look at the download below for guidelines suggested by the state trade association Film Florida.
Even if a permit is not necessary, it is strongly encouraged to share all production plans with the Orlando Film Commission as we continue to track the work being done in the community and share with our government partners locally and at the state to encourage more support for our industry.
Please contact the Orlando Film Commissioner Sheena Fowler at Sheena.Fowler@Orlando.org with any questions.
The Orlando Film Commission serves as the liaison between productions and local jurisdictions, and is written into many city and county ordinances as the facilitating permitting and communications between the two. Productions need to approach only the Film Commission with any questions pertaining to filming.
Film permits are free in many jurisdictions throughout the Orlando region unless city, county or state services are required. These services include hiring of off-duty officers or fire employees and equipment, public works services, metered parking and some public parks.The city, county or state reserves the right to collect those fees before production begins. The jurisdictions that do have permitting fees are as follows:
- Altamonte Springs – $50 per permit processed
- Casselberry – $50 per permit processed
- Maitland – $75 per day to film
- Oakland – $500 per day to film
- Seminole County – $75 per permit processed
- St. Cloud – $25 per permit processed
- Windermere – $100 per permit processed
- Winter Park – $100 per permit processed and $500 per day to film
- Winter Springs – $25 per permit processed
- Lake County- $50 per permit processed
Insurance requirements vary by jurisdiction. Through the permitting process, the Orlando Film Commission will outline the exact Certificate of Insurance (COI) requirements for the jurisdiction in which you will be filming.
Please note the minimum COI requirements for any project to film on public property include a general liability policy of $1,000,000 each occurrence, with the city or county named as additional insured.
The Orlando Film Commission will do everything in our power to streamline your production, but regulations do exist. Special effects coordinators who plan to use explosives or fireworks, such as squibs, black powder charges and air mortars, must satisfy several requirements:
- The permit application must include a detailed explanation of the explosion and what substances are needed for the effect.
- Special effects explosions, whether audible or visible, large or small, must be carried out by a certified special effects technician. A certificate must be attached to the permit application.
- A certificate of insurance naming the city or county additionally insured for $5 million must accompany the permit.
- Additional requirements may exist dependent upon jurisdiction.
A number of activities, most of them seemingly harmless, can have a significant impact on natural systems and the environment. State law and policy mandate that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) safeguard our natural environment through regulation and ecosystem management.
A number of activities, most of them seemingly harmless, can have a significant impact on natural systems and the environment. State law and policy mandate that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) safeguard our natural environment through regulation and ecosystem management. The DEP provides assistance in permitting requirements, as well as contacts, liaisons and district representatives statewide. Call DEP Office of the Ombudsman at 850.245.2118.
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