PERMITS & REGULATIONS

                        No matter the crew size or impact, if you are filming on public property in the City of Austin (like a street or park), a permit is required. Permits are not required to film on private property. 

                        If you have questions, concerns or need assistance with any of the City of Austin film permitting processes, please contact Kim McCarson, Economic and Business Liaison Austin for the Music & Entertainment Division of the City of Austin's Economic Development Department. Kim can be reached at 512-974-7963 or kimberly.mccarson@austintexas.gov.

                        The Austin Film Commission does not issue permits for filming but the following are local contacts (along with guidelines) for the various Austin-area film location permitting entities:

                        The following are additional regulatory resources for filming locally:

                        If you are working in the communities surrounding Austin, please reference the Film Friendly Texas Directory for permitting contacts in those jurisdictions.


                        CITY OF AUSTIN - STREETS & SIDEWALKS
                        Requests for the use of City of Austin Right of Way (city streets, sidewalks, and alleys) by commercial, student, or mobile filming, must be authorized by the Austin Transportation Department's Right of Way Division. It is recommended that requests be filed at least 5 days prior to the filming start date for the Transportation Department to accommodate the request.

                        Permits are free, but productions will need to provide the following as part of the permitting process: proof of insurance, description of filming/requested use, a map highlighting the filming impact, obtain sign off from the Austin Police Department and sign off from any impacted residents or businesses. If you are requesting any type of road closure, a Traffic Control Plan will also be needed as well as on-set police assistance. For complete road closures, productions are asked to have permit requests submitted 10 days prior to filming.

                        For full instructions and more information on requirements, please reference the Transportation Department's Right of Way Film Permit Guidelines.

                        Permit requests are filed online through the City of Austin Transportation Department's Right of Way Management Approval Network.

                        City of Austin Transportation Department
                        512-974-7180
                        rightofway@austintexas.gov


                        CITY OF AUSTIN - PARKS & WATERWAYS
                        To film on Austin Parks properties—like Zilker Park, Pfluger Bridge, the Hike and Bike Trail, Mount Bonnell, Lady Bird Lake, Decker Lake, & Lake Austin—a permit must be obtained from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD). The Park Directory includes a full list of the over 300 City of Austin Parks properties. It is recommended that requests be filed at least 7 days in advance of filming start date for small productions and 14 days for large impact projects.

                        Permit requests can be filed via the Parks & Recreation Office of Special Events.

                        Jason Maurer
                        Manager - Special Events Office, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department
                        512-974-6797
                        Jason.Maurer@austintexas.gov


                        CITY OF AUSTIN - PUBLIC LIBRARY
                        Reservations for filming and photography are based upon availability as determined by library staff. It is recommended that all filming requests be made 21 days prior to the production day. Filming is welcome but must not interfere with the public’s regular use of the facility during open hours.

                        Commercial Filming and Photography Permit requests are available via the Austin Public Library Communications Office.

                        Guidelines

                        Rachel Nguyen
                        Communications Manager - Austin Public Library
                        512-974-9687
                        Rachel.Nguyen@austintexas.gov


                        AUSTIN-BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
                        Requests to film at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AIBA) must be submitted through the ABIA - Airport Filming Program.

                        Guidelines

                        Melissa Vidal
                        Properties Program Manager, Austin-Bergstorm International Airport
                        512-530-2461
                        Melissa.Vidal@austintexas.gov


                        STATE OF TEXAS - CAPITOL GROUNDS
                        To inquire about filming on the State Capitol Grounds, requests must be submitted to the State Preservation Board.

                        Guidelines

                        Robert Davis
                        Events & Exhibits Coordinator, State Preservation Board
                        512-463-3051
                        Robert.Davis@tspb.state.tx.us


                        STATE OF TEXAS - OWNED PROPERTIES
                        In order to film on a state-owned property—like a building or park—a request must be submitted to the Texas Film Commission. Permit requests can be filed online through the State Property Use - Request for Use Application.

                        512-463-9200


                        TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (TXDOT) - HIGHWAYS
                        To film on any State of Texas highway right of way in the area, you must obtain permission from the TxDOT Austin District Office, which oversees Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Gillespie, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis, & Williamson counties. Local corridors overseen by TxDOT include: I-35, US 290, US 183, US 281, SH 71, SH 195, SH 130 toll road, Loop 1 (MoPac), & Loop 360.

                        Austin District Office
                        512-832-7019
                        AUS_events_film@txdot.gov


                        LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY (LCRA)
                        Organizations and individuals wanting to film or take photographs on LCRA property can apply online.  The LCRA oversees a number of parks, waterways, offices, and unique industrial spaces in the Austin area including McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Lake Bastrop, and the Dalchau Service Center. The Parks Directory includes a list of LCRA properties.

                        filming@lcra.org


                        UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
                        Filming on the University of Texas at Austin campus is overseen by University Communications.

                        Guidelines

                        Paige Tuttle
                        Media Relations Assistant - University of Texas at Austin
                        512-471-2389
                        utfilming@utexas.edu

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