Frequently Asked Questions FAQ for Students

I am a student, where can I film in the County?
I am a student, how do I obtain a student permit?
Does a teacher/school representative need to be on-site during filming?
I do not know where I want to shoot, Can the FTC help me find a location?
How do I know who has jurisdiction over the area I've chosen?
Will I get to speak to the county/municipal/taxing district contact myself?
What if I need extra services, i.e. parking meters bagged, police escort, streets closed, mobile home parking, etc.?
Is there a charge for the permit?
Are there any instances in which I will be charged?
Do I need insurance to pull a permit?
I have stunts and/or special effects in my script, what do I need to fill out and how much insurance is required?
May I use my insurance certificate again later in the year?
Do I need workers compensation?
How will I know that my permit application has been approved?
What if I need help over the weekend or in the evenings?

 

I am a student, do I need a permit?  

If you plan to make a student film in PBC, please contact our office at 561.233.1000 to discuss your plans as early as possible.  We can provide you with options and insight so that when you are ready to pull a permit, the process go smoothly.

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I am a student, where can I film in the County?

Municipalities that have approved One Stop permitting for students are:

Palm Beach County owned properties Town of Hypoluxo
City of Boynton Beach Town of Juno Beach
City of Delray Beach Town of Jupiter
City of Lake Worth Town of Lantana
City of Palm Beach Gardens Town of Palm Beach Shores
City of Riviera Beach Town of South Palm Beach
City of West Palm Beach Town of Lake Park
Town of Haverhill Villiage of Tequesta

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Does a teacher/school representative need to be on-site during the shoot?

All high school students must have a teacher or school representative with them at all times during the shoot. College students are exempt and do not need to have a professor or school representative with them during the shoot.

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I do not know where I want to shoot, can the FTC help me find a location?  

Yes, the FTC maintains a digital locations library. Please click on locations in the pink banner to start viewing options for your project.  The Location Coordinator can also create a customized location package based on your needs.

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When writing my script are there any locations I should avoid?

It is advisable to consider location options that are available to you before writing a script. While car chases and bank robberies are exciting to construct they are difficult to acheive without a considerable budget for location fees and special equipment.  Locations such as hospitals, post offices, banks, airports, grocery stores, gas stations, mansions and driving shots present extra challenges that are not well suited for student projects. We encourage you to consider personal connections of family and friends before writing a script that may end up presenting a host of issues that are hard to overcome as a student filmmaker.

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How do I know which town has jurisdiction over the area I've chosen?  

After you have chosen your location, contact the FTC to identify the municipality within the County. Should you need assistance with location selection, the FTC can provide you with a package of options and additional information about areas that are film friendly.

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Will I get to speak to the county/municipal/taxing district contact myself?  

Once the FTC obtains the details of your shoot, we will be happy to arrange a conference call with local officials to introduce you and to allow you to further explain your needs.  Please call the FTC when other needs arise so we can assist coordinating the calls.  Should special circumstances and conditions arise after the initial conversation, the FTC will facilitate any additional requests with the municipality.

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What do I do if I need extra services, i.e. parking meters bagged, police escort, streets closed, mobile home parking, etc?  

The FTC will make contact with the representative of the agency with whom you will be working to discuss all of your production needs. If necessary, a conference call can be placed so you can discuss your needs with that person.

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Is there a charge for the permit?  

Absolutely not! Our services are free of charge courtesy of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.

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Are there any situations in which the production will be charged?

Should your production require extra services involving off-duty police officers, fire rescue, EMS, escort, etc., they will be provided at government cost. Palm Beach County does not allow any overcharge other than the normal government pay rate. We are happy to assist you in arranging for those services.

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Do I need insurance to pull a permit?  

Proof of insurance meeting the requirements set forth by Palm Beach County must be submitted in order for the permit request to be processed. Our office will email you specific language that needs to be on the Insurance Certificate.  If your school is not providing the required insurance, you must obtain a policy independently. For students whose schools are located outside of PBC, please check with our office to see if we have your schools insurance on file.    Please refer to the Insurance Information section of our website.

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I have stunts and/or special effects in my script, What do I need to fill out and how much insurance is required?  

Please click on request a special effects permit to get started. You will need stunt liability insurance with a limit not less than $5 million each occurrence. Please click on Insurance Information for a list of frequently asked questions.

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May I use my insurance certificate again later in the year?  

Yes, provided the insurance is still in effect.  Most certificates have a specific length of active time plus a cancellation time frame. The FTC will hold your insurance certificates on file until they expire.

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Do I need workers compensation?  

Palm Beach County requires anyone working in the County to provide workers compensation. The only exception is when the company does not have any employees, only executive officers, partners or proprietors. In that case the company may submit a workers comp waiver.

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How will I know that my student permit application has been approved?

Once you have submitted the student permit application to the FTC and the FTC has obtained approval from the county/municipal/taxing district, the FTC will email/fax the student permit application back to you. You and your professor/teacher/school representative will need to sign the document and fax/email the document back to the FTC. The FTC will then issue the official authorized permit. Authorized permits will be signed by an FTC representative and assigned a permit number on the top right hand side of the permit. Please keep authorized student permits with you for inspection while on location, should it be requested by a local authority.

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What if I need help over the weekend or in the evenings

Office hours are from 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. If you have a production emergency, the FTC’s management team is available to you 24/7.

Deputy Film Commissioner - Michelle Hillery 561.308.5502
Production Director - Christy Andreoni 561.352.4499

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  • West Palm Beach, Florida 33406
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