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What is FilMiami?

FilMiami represents the Miami-Dade Office of Film  & Entertainment and the Miami Beach Office of Film and Event Production Management. Both offices are full service film commissions providing location and logistics assistance, one-stop permitting, government liaison, production information and referral sources.

FilMiami's mission is to provide service and assistance to all film, television, music, commercial production and still photography businesses to promote industry expansion and economic prosperity.

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Do I need a permit to shoot in Miami-Dade County?

You need to check with the jurisdiction where you are filming. In most cases you will need a film permit. 

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How do I apply for a film permit?

You can apply for a permit to film in the section called One Stop Permits. You will need to contact each office separately (Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach) with regards to location logistics.  There is a $125 permit application fee which you can pay online with a credit card.
In order to obtain a permit to film, you must provide an insurance certificate for General Liability Insurance naming the jurisdiction you are filming in as additionally insured (Miami-Dade County or Miami Beach).

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Who should the insurance be made out to?

Depending on where you are filming, you will need a $1 million dollar general liability insurance certificate naming the County and/or City as  additionally insured.  The City of Miami Beach in addition to the $1 million dollar general liability insurance also requires an indemnity agreement.   For complete information on particular jurisdiction requirements, please visit  the One Stop Permit section of our website.
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Do you permit private property?

Miami-Dade County does not require a film permit for shoots on private property, unless the scene includes the use of faux weapons or pyrotechnics. The City of Miami Beach does require a permit to film on residential private property.

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What is the turnaround time for a permit?

Turnaround time for a permit is dependent upon the complexity of the logistics and the location. 

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Is the permit fee applicable for both jurisdictions?

Yes, it is an application fee of $125 per permit per 28 days, which covers Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County and several other Municipalities.

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How do I pay for my permit?

Go to One Stop Permits and click on "display permit status" then enter your permit or confirmation number and you can pay online via  credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) or you can bring your payment in the form of cash or check (made payable to Miami-Dade County) in person to our office located at 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2200, Miami, FL 33128.

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Do I need to contact the location I am requesting prior to my permit application?

You may apply for your permit prior to contacting the location; however, approval must be obtained from each particular Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach or location before an a permit will be approved.

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Where do I find location contact information?

When applying for a permit, location contact information is displayed when a location is chosen from the "pull down" location menu.

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How do I update a permit I already have?

Go to One Stop Permits and click on “display permit status”. Then enter your permit or confirmation number and press SEARCH. Your permit application information will display. Tap on the VIEW button. When your permit appears, page down to the Locations section and tap on UPDATE. Here you will be able to change existing location information or if you need to enter additional locations onto your permit, tap on the New button towards the bottom of the page and add locations as needed. Do not change locations that have already been approved and filmed at. If you need to add additional days at a location that you have previously used select NEW and add the location again  with the new dates. (Select search to find the location. Most locations are already in our permitting system.)
You can pay via  credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express).

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Can I apply for one permit for all of my projects in any 28 day period?

If a company is producing more than one project at once, each project must apply for separate permits.

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Do I need to apply for a new permit for each location?

No. If you are filming in more than one location then you may add additional locations to the permit using the ADD button in the location update section of the permit application. (Please use the search function to find the location, most locations are already in our permitting system. Example: If you would like to add a road in Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, please search unincorporated. This will bring back two options, Unincorporated Miami-Dade County and Unincorporated Miami-Dade County Driving Shots. In description of scene reference the road or intersection where you would like to film. If you have any questions about adding locations please contact Dee Belz.

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Where can I find a list of films shot in Miami-Dade County?

Visit our Movie & Television tour. And check out our Magic City Music Tour

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What incentives does Miami offer to productions?

Miami-Dade County TV, Film and Entertainment Production Incentive Program

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How can FilMiami help me find locations for my next production?

You can visit the Locations section of our website which offers an extensive database of locations. If you cannot find the locations you are looking for you can contact Dee Belz at 305-375-3288 with your request and she will assist you. FilMiami can also assist you in breaking down your script to ensure that you find the ideal locations for your production.

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How much money does the film & entertainment industry bring to the Miami-Dade County economy? Jobs?

The Film & Entertainment Industry employs approximately 10,000 full and part time workers and has an annual impact of over $1 billion dollars to the local economy with permitted productions contributing more than $150 million.

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