Phoenix Film and Digital Media Permit

‚ÄčThe Phoenix Film and Digital Media Permit (FDM Permit) and the accompanying Terms and Conditions allows a production to film in city owned buildings, parks and public-right-of-ways within the defined boundaries of the City of Phoenix. The FDM Permit covers features, TV series and shows, commercials, web casts and still photography used for commercial use.

The permitting process for the City of Phoenix is a simple three (3) step process.

  1. INTENT TO FILM/SHOOT APPLICATION - Complete this form which describes your project
  2. CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (COI) - Provide a COI for $1 Million with a $2 Million aggregate naming the City of Phoenix as an additional insured with the following wording in the description box: "The City of Phoenix is an Additional Insured with respect to liability arising out of the activities performed by or on behalf of the permittee."  If this language does not appear in the description box, your permit application will be rejected!
  3. $100 PERMIT FEE - A representative from the Phoenix Film Office will email a link for payment by credit card after discussing your project.


FDM Permits will ONLY be issued once all three steps have been completed. 

FDM Permits will NOT be issued within 1 Business Day (24 hours) of the first call time. 

Permit Timeframe

  • 1-2 weeks from first shoot date you should submit the INTENT TO FILM/SHOOT APPLICATION
    • If submitted less than a week, we cannot guarantee availability of your location or required staff
  • 2 Business Days Prior (48 business day hours from first call time), COI and $100 Permit Fee must be submitted
  • 1 Business Day (24 business day hours from first call time), Phoenix Film and Digital Media Permit must be signed by Permittee and the Phoenix Film Office

Permit Timeframe Scenarios/Examples
  • Shoot Day: Wednesday, Crew Call 08:00
    • COI and Permit Fee must be submitted no later than Monday at 08:00 (48 hours)

    • Phoenix Film and Digital Media Permit must be signed by both parties no later than Tuesday at 08:00 (24 hours)

  • Shoot Day: Saturday, Sunday or Monday, Crew Call 08:00
    • COI and Permit Fee must be submitted no later than the prior Thursday at 08:00 (48 hours)

    • Phoenix Film and Digital Media Permit must be signed by both parties  no later than the prior Friday at 08:00 (24 hours)

The submittal of your Intent to Film/Shoot Application not imply approval for your shoot. A representative from the Film Office will contact you within 24 business hours to discuss your proposed shoot.

Should you need to film in another city besides Phoenix, please refer to the Regional Film Office page for contact information.

If you have any questions, please give our office a call at 602-262-4850.