NOTICE OF FILMING RESTRICTIONS FOR DEALEY PLAZA
Due to construction, renovations and preparations for the 50th JFK Anniversary event, extensive filming will not be allowed in the Dealey Plaza area from September 1st through November 24, 2013 . Media organizations may film segments, b-roll footage, promos or teasers from the sidewalks of either Elm Street, Commerce Street or the east side of the sidewalk on Houston Street, which does not require a Special Event Film Permit. Filming is prohibited from any of the grassy areas around Dealey Plaza. Media organizations shooting any of the above must use a hand-held camera with tripod and move with the flow of pedestrian traffic. Camping out or filming for an extended period of time is PROHIBITED. No street closures, lane closures, intermittent traffic control or heavy equipment will be allowed around Dealey Plaza until after the event. All other film locations in Dallas are not impacted at this point. Filming on the sidewalks of Dealey Plaza is completely prohibited starting Monday, November 18 as this becomes a work zone for the event set up. Press wishing to cover the anniversary events should contact Frank Librio, Public Information Office at firstname.lastname@example.org Any filming requests prior to the event should contact Dee Castillo at the Office of Special Events at email@example.com
Commercial Filming Permit Policy
A Film Permit is required:
- For any filming, or related activities, in Dallas public space.
- When utilizing city streets or alleys (i.e., street closures, lane closures or requiring intermittent traffic control).
- When filming the Dallas Police Department or Dallas Fire-Rescue Department to include ‘said’ property.
- Parking on restricted curb lanes or streets and/or parking during the rush hour ban.
- When filming at Pioneer Plaza, the official flag, seal, shield, service mark, badge, or other insignia of the city or a department of the city, or a facsimile of the flag, seal, shield, service mark, badge, or other insignia of the city or a department of the city.
A Film Permit is “not” required:
- When filming on public sidewalks. Sidewalks are considered “public right of way”, access to the public must be given at all times. Parking of production or crew vehicles on the sidewalks is strictly prohibited.
- When filming on privately owned/managed property provided that the applicant obtains the clearance to film from the property owner.
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Commercial Filming Permit Procedure:
1. Commercial Filming Application – Applications are required no less than 2-3 business days prior to the shoot date. Complete, sign and submit online. If the film project is extensive with multiple locations and requires extensive planning, it is essential to have the application submitted no less than 5-7 business days. Incomplete applications may cause delay and/or prevent the actual issuance of the film permit. Submission of application does not guarantee permit issuance. Changes to the event information will only be accepted by either the primary contact or emergency contact listed on the application and must be made in writing. Each change will include a $40 Change Fee. No changes can be made to the application the day of the scheduled film date.
2. Certificate of Liability Insurance – click here for insurance requirements.
3. Processing Fee – Generally $50.00 in the form of a Money Order or Check made payable to the Office of Special Events prior to filming. Credit/Debit Cards are also accepted either by phone or in person at OSE. Permit fees are non-refundable once the application has been processed. However applicant may be required to pay $250.00 which applies to projects, including but not limited to film projects that involve extensive planning and requires more than 2 locations to include affecting any of the following: multiple street closures, multiple lane closures, intermittent traffic control, affects the DART route, traffic management and complexity of the film request.
Upon receipt of the Commercial Filming Permit Application, the Office of Special Events (OSE) will process by contacting the applicant to review the film request. The OSE will also contact the appropriate city departments affected to obtain clearances for the applicant which could take up to 48 hours (2 business days) to receive. Upon receiving the clearances, the applicant will be contacted and issued a Commercial Film Permit by email along with a copy of the receipt for payment of the processing fee.
Should filming require the assistance from the Dallas Police Department and/or Dallas Fire Rescue Department, a contact from each department will be given to the applicant. The starting rate for ‘off-duty’ DPD Officers is $40.00/hr at a 4 hour minimum.
*Applicants requesting to film on a Monday must submit their applications no later than the previous Wednesday by 12:00pm.
For additional information please contact:
Special Events & Film Coordinator
Film Permit Coordinator
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