Film and Photography

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If you are planning a film or photo shoot on public property (parks, streets, sidewalks and alleys) in the City and County of Denver, you are required to obtain a Denver Film Permit if ANY of the following apply.

  • The production involves more than 5 people total (crew members plus actors/subjects)
  • Equipment other than handheld cameras are being used
  • The flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic will be impacted
  • Public parking is utilized or impacted
  • A generator is being used
  • Pyrotechnics are being used
  • Chase scenes, violence or crime are being depicted
  • You would like exclusive use of public space; closing it down to the public

If your shoot does not require a Film Permit, you must still follow the rules governing the area in which you are shooting and ensure that the location remains open to the public. Please review Denver's Film Permit Rules and Regulations and also Denver's Park Rules prior to any shoots in public parks.

If your shoot does require a Film Permit, you must submit an application at least 5 business days prior to your shoot date. Large and complex productions should apply at least 14 business days in advance. There is no charge to apply for or obtain a Film Permit.

Submit a Film Permit Application

You must first create an account to start your Film Permit application. The application is free and will only take a few minutes to complete. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is received. We will then review the application and forward it to the appropriate city agencies and inform you of any additional requirements or permits you will need. Once all approvals have been granted, OSE will issue your Film Permit via email.

Rules and Regulations

Hours for Filming or Shooting - The Film Permit allows for activity between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm. Setting up, filming or breaking down before or after this time-frame is prohibited.

Notice of Filming or Shooting - If any activity related to your shoot may cause noise or any disturbance to the normal activity in the area, you must provide advance notice to businesses and residents that may be impacted. Contact jill.lis@denvergov.org with any questions about community outreach.

Read the full list of Rules and Regulations for film and photo shoots on public property in Denver.

Costs and Fees

There is no charge to apply for or obtain a Film Permit.

Depending on the activities taking place as part of film or photo shoots, there may be costs associated with other permits that may be required. In addition, you may be responsible for staffing costs if City employees need to be on-site or supervise production activities.

Shooting on Private Property and Popular Private Locations

The City and County of Denver cannot give permission for film or photo shoots on private property.

See below for a list of popular private property locations and contact information. Reach out to these contacts directly if you are interested in shooting on their private property. However, if your shoot will impact public resources (e.g., police, streets) please inform the Office of Special Events.

For use of any of the following private locations, coordinate directly with the contacts listed below.

16th Street Pedestrian Mall - Pam Sellden psellden@downtowndenver.com 303-571-8221

Wynkoop Plaza (outside of Union Station) - Ryan Butcher, rbutcher@downtowndenver.com 303-779-5710

Union Station - Erin Kennedy, erin.kennedy@sagehospitalitygroup.com (Union Station Photography Guidelines(PDF, 132KB), Union Station Photo Permit(PDF, 191KB))

Larimer Square - Amanda Dawson, Amanda.Dawson@am.jll.com, 720-805-1973

Denver Art Museum - Iris Kosmicki, ikosmicki@denverartmuseum.org

Millennium Bridge - Anna Jones, anna.jones@claconnect.com, 303-779-5710

   

 

Visit the State of Colorado's Film, Television and Media Resources webpage for a variety of additional information.