When is a commercial filming permit needed?

  • For any filming or related activities on public property, building, facilities, public space and tangible property. To include all types of independent and studio productions such as but not limited to; Still Photography, Commercials, Documentaries, Feature Films, Television Series, Television Movies, Television Shows, Webisodes, Public Service Announcements, Music Videos, Student Films and Corporate Shoots.
  • Utilizing city streets or alleyways (i.e., street closure, lane closure, intermittent traffic control or requiring traffic interruption).
  • Utilizing public sidewalks in which the filming activity requires the sidewalk to be closed or blocked to public access.
  • Filming/still photography of the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire-Rescue Department or other city personnel, to include ‘said’ property.
  • Filming/still photography of 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.
  • Parking on a restricted curb lane or street.
  • Filming B-roll of any city property including but not limited to: City Parks, Pioneer Plaza, Dealey Plaza or City Hall Plaza.
  • Use of city owned facilities of the City of Dallas
  • The Office of Special Events determines the need in other filming situations to include general B-roll and Student Films.


Permit Procedure

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When should I apply?

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Additional Information & Resources


Mailing Address:
650 S. Griffin St.
Dallas, TX 75202


Tel: 214-939-2701
Email:CCTSpecialevents@dallascityhall.com