Frequently Asked Questions

I do not know where I want to shoot, can the FTC help me find a location?
How do I obtain a permit to film on public property in Palm Beach County?
Do I need a permit?
Do I need insurance to pull a permit?
Do I need workers compensation?
If my insurance agent requires additional information, who can they speak with?
May I use my insurance certificate again later in the year?
May I bring a blank certificate and fill in the municipality names when I decide where I want to shoot and complete the information in handwriting?
Is there a charge for the permit?
Are there any situations in which the production will be charged?
What do I do if I need extra services, i.e. parking meters bagged, police escort, streets closed, mobile home parking, etc.?
I have stunts and/or special effects planned, what do I need to fill out and how much insurance is required?
I am a student, how do I obtain a student permit?
How will I know that my permit application has been approved?
How do I know which town 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 help over the weekend or in the evenings?

 

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 with over 12,000 photos. Please click on locations in the pink banner to start viewing photos. The Location Coordinator can also create a customized location package based on your needs.

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How do I obtain a permit to film on public property in Palm Beach County?  

Permits are issued for commercial productions taking place on public property (i.e. parks, beaches, streets, sidewalks, public buildings) within 34 film-friendly municipalities and taxing districts in Palm Beach County. Please allow three (3) full business days to process a standard permit. If you need a permit processed in less than 3 days, please notify our office immediately. Shoots involving road closures, intermittent traffic control, closing off public areas, etc., will take longer than 3 days to process. Please click on request a permit to get started.

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Do I need a permit?  

A film permit is not required for individuals filming or videotaping only for their own personal or private use or for employees of print or electronic news media when filming breaking news. If you are unsure if you will be required to obtain a film permit, please contact our office.

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Do I need insurance to pull a permit?  

Yes, please click on insurance requirements for more information.

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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 compensation waiver.

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If my insurance agent requires additional information, who can they speak with?  

Please have your agent contact the FTC with any questions.  Since insurance requirements are very specific, we urge you to give your agent a copy of these questions and forward them the email that our system generates to you regarding the insurance verbiage that is required by the municipality (ies) that you have selected for your project.

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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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May I bring a blank certificate and fill in the municipality names when I decide where I want to shoot and complete the information in handwriting?  

No, all information on insurance certificates must be completed by the insurance company for proper validation. This can easily be accommodated by fax, e-mail or overnight mail service.

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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 police, fire rescue, EMS, etc., the municipality/ agency involved will provide them 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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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. Street closures and process vehicles require a DOT permit and typically take longer than the average 3 day time to process.  Please be advised that DOT offices are closed on Fridays. 

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I have stunts and/or special effects planned, what do I need to fill out and how much insurance is required?

Please click on request a 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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I am a student, do I need a permit?  

Yes, any filming on or from public property requires a permit.  Please see the Student Guidelines and FAQs on our website.

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

When approval has been granted by the municipality/county/taxing district the FTC will send the permit to you for signature - after it is signed by production and sent back to the FTC, an authorized FTC employee will activate the permit and it will be sent to you via email. Please have your shooting crew review it.  Additionally the permit must be made available for inspection while on location, should it be requested by a local authority.

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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 telephone 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. If special circumstances and conditions arise after the initial conversation, the FTC will be happy to put you back in touch with the municipality needed. That contact will be giving ultimate approval for filming to take place.

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

Office hours are from 8:30am-5:00pm, 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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