Welcoming Filmmakers with Free Permits
Welcome to the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission’s free and easy online one-stop permitting process. Permits are issued for public property (i.e. parks, beaches, streets, sidewalks, public buildings) within 50 municipalities, taxing districts, county departments and other community entities in Palm Beach County. Please allow three business days to process a standard permit. If you need a rush permit, please notify our office immediately. Productions that involve road closures, intermittent traffic control, closing off public areas, etc. typically take longer to process, so please plan accordingly. Please see FAQ's for more details, as well as information regarding insurance requirements for commercial productions in The Palm Beaches.
Please click the appropriate button to start the application process.
Securing a permit requires a $1 million comprehensive or commercial general liability policy. If you are using any vehicles, watercraft or aircraft in the filming, please consult with our staff to find out what additional coverage is needed. If stunts or special effects are part of production, there is a $5 million policy requirement. Depending on where you are filming within the County will determine how many insurance certificates you will need to provide. Once you have filled out the permit application, an email with the exact wording for each certificate will be sent to you.
Our staff works directly with municipal contacts on your behalf. In addition to public property, permitting may be required for private property should filming impact any adjacent public areas such as roads or sidewalks, if pyrotechnics or stunts will be performed, or if the municipality has requested special permitting for residential areas. The permitting team examines all ordinances, zoning codes and public safety concerns to safeguard both the municipalities and production companies.
If your project is shooting at an exterior location and requires traffic control or has a scene with prop firearms, weapons or actors in police uniforms, local law enforcement must be assigned to your location. Off-duty detail costs vary per municipality, and it is the responsibility of the production company to cover the total cost of the detail.
The following activities require law enforcement assistance:
- The use of prop firearms or weapons on set
- Actors in police or other emergency response uniforms
- Prop police or other emergency vehicles
- Sequences that may impact public safety
- Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) and/or road closures for driving sequences
A pre-production meeting with our office is recommended for large commercial productions. This meeting should be scheduled with our office approximately three weeks (but no later than five business days) before the actual shoot begins to review details and production schedules. Participants should include the Production Manager and Location Manager, along with representatives from our office and other relevant agencies.
The FTC has built a solid reputation for delivering prompt permitting services to both our clients and local municipalities. Our permitting team ensures productions run efficiently without disruption for the crew and the community.
Please don't hesitate to call us at 561.233.1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
Please be advised that our office does not issue permits for the Town of Palm Beach. If you would like to film in the Town of Palm Beach, please reach out to them directly.