Film in Miami, Production

City of Miami Beach: Film Permit Guidelines in Residential Areas

March 14, 2016
Maimi Resident

All productions using residential areas must have a Film and Print permit. Even if you’re film is self-contained in a Miami Beach home, you’ll still need a permit to avoid any fines or having to shut down your production!

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Here is everything you’ll need to know if you plan on filming in one of the beautiful Miami beach homes!

Filming on residential/private property: If you’re filming in a Miami home and it does not involve any public property, you will still need to follow the three steps listed here and obtain a filming permit.

Applying: To begin, your permit request must be received by the office five working days before the start of your production. All permits are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible! This way, you have time to deal with any complications and you can secure you can film the days you planned. All you have to do is fill out this Online Application.

Neighbours: In addition, you must send out a Filming Notification Form to all neighbours within 500ft.  Filming is only permitted from 7am to 10pm, and during holidays 8am to 10pm.  Outside of those hours, written agreement is needed by the homeowner and included in the notification form for the neighbours. These signatures from homeowners need to be collected and then submitted to the Film & Print Office.

Homeowner: An Affidavit Form is also needed by the homeowner to confirm that the filming is permitted.

Parking: Chances are, you’ll need some sort of parking for your production. All vehicles must stay on the private property. Additional parking space requires spot rentals which can be applied for here.  Last but not least, NO street parking in the City of Miami Beach is allowed.

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Ocean Drive

Police Escorts: Does your production need a police escort? If you’re filming in a residential home, chances are you don’t. This means that through your permit application you would have been labeled a “Low Impact Residential Production”. This means you have a small team of twelve people or less with minimal equipment (must be easily and quickly transported). The equipment you’re allowed includes camera, tripod, reflectors and battery operated lights. Generators or grip equipment are not allowed. As well, you can not park a production motorhome or large trucks (any commercial class vehicles) on the residential street. While there is no permit application fee, there is a fee for the office escort which is determined by the officer’s ranking, the length of the production, and when it’s filmed.  After your application goes through you will be put in contact with the off-duty police officers. Their contact number is 305 673 7823 – however do not call them unless details of your production have been solidified.

Pets: Just incase you planned on bringing your pet with you to set, pets are not allowed on location unless they are needed for the production and noted by the Film & Print Office on the permit.

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For more details on residential filming rules, refer to the Filming Guidelines!

For all filming permit rules in Miami Beach, continue to the City of Miami Beach section of our Miami-Dade Permit Guide!

Here are links to all of the forms you may need while applying.

For any further questions, contact Miami Beach Film & Print Office below:
Film Line:    305-673-7070
Main Line:   305-673-7577
General Inquiries: film@miamibeachfl.g

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