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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?

Permits are required for anyone shooting for commercial use. This does not include live news or personal purpose such as home video or still photo shoots. These types of activities do not need film permits.

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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 $100 permit application fee which you can pay online with a check or 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.
The wording is as follows:

  • Miami-Dade County 
    111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2200
    Miami, FL 33128
    305.375.3288
    305.375.3266 FAX
  • City of Miami Beach
    1700 Convention Center Drive
    Miami Beach, FL  33139
    305.673.7070
    305.673.7063 FAX
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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. We require a minimum of 24 hours notice for permits, although we will attempt to expedite any emergency requests.

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Is the permit fee applicable for both jurisdictions?

Yes, it is an application fee of $100 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 e-check or 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  check or 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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What does a Countywide permit cover?

The purpose of a Countywide permit is to give a certain amount of flexibility for very small crews. The limit is 10 cast and crew with portable equipment (must be easily and quickly transported). No generators or trucks. The Countywide permit can be used to film in County locations that do not require rental fees, assuming the production does not block pedestrian or vehicular traffic or impact private businesses or concessionaires without specific coordination. Arrangements/notification must be made in advance with the appropriate facility manager. ALL APPLICABLE FEES APPLY.

For more information on City of Miami Beach Citywide permits, call 305-673-7070.

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How can I find out about productions that are coming to town?

You can visit the Filmography section of our website and look at the Lead Sheet which lists film and television productions that have indicated an interest in filming in Miami-Dade County.

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

In the Filmography section of our website you can visit the Credits page which  lists all of the films that have been shot in Miami-Dade County. 

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What incentives does Miami offer to productions?

The State of Florida offers an Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive where qualified productions may receive a cash rebate of up to 22% of their Florida qualified expenditures, up to a maximum of $8,000,000, provided they spend a minimum of $625,000 in Florida on Florida cast, crew, businesses and vendors. For smaller, independent films, there is a separate incentive queue for films that spend between $100,000 and $625,000 and are produced by Florida residents. There is also no state sales tax on qualified motion picture and television production equipment purchases and rental, or on goods manufactured or produced in Florida for export outside of the state.  For detailed information on these and other incentives, please visit the Incentives section of our website.

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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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