The Palm Beaches are Film Friendly.
Our mission is to generate a positive impact on business tourism and the economy in Palm Beach County through the growth of commercial production by attracting on-location production, educating our local workforce and providing superior services to both the visiting and the indigenous production communities.
Since 1989, The Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission (FTC) has served as a hub for location
and production information within The Palm Beaches, operating on one principal policy: Provide the Best Quality Service Anywhere
Our highly qualified and professional staff is dedicated to providing extraordinary service that includes free permits to industry professionals that visit Palm Beach County for production. The FTC envisions The Palm Beaches growing in stature as a production center through its reputation for first class service, the development of a qualified and diversified workforce, along with enhanced partnerships that support production facilities, industry events and film festivals.
Education is an important element in advancing the local film and television industry. Through an annual contract with the Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability, the FTC works with Palm Beach County schools to assure that students are receiving up-to-date equipment and instruction. This contract also funds The Palm
Beaches Student Showcase of Films where Florida student filmmakers, writers, graphic design and digital media artists are awarded cash prizes and scholarships.
The FTC is governed by an active Board of Directors made up of local and national production professionals, members at large and agency representatives; all dedicated to enhancing programs and growing the film, television, digital media and the still photography industries within The Palm Beaches.
Please allow three business days to process a standard permit. If you need a permit processed in less than three days, please notify our office in advance of filling out a permit application. Projects involving road closures, intermittent traffic control or closing public areas or other special circumstances will require additional time to process.
Securing a permit requires a $1 million comprehensive or commercial general liability policy. Vehicles, watercraft or aircraft may require additional coverage. Stunts or special effects require a five million dollar policy. Some locations are owned by mulitple entities and additional insurance certificates will required. Once your permit application has been sumbitted, an email will be sent with the exact wording that is required as each municipality has their own preferences for insurance certificates.
*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 refer to their website.
The One-Stop permitting process is in place to facilitate production requests. 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 any pyrotechnics or stunts will be performed, or if the municipality has requested special permitting for residential areas.
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 is the responsibility of the production company to cover the total cost of the detail.
The following requires law enforcement assistance:
The use of prop firearms or weapons on set
Actors in police or other emergency response uniform
Prop police or other emergency vehicles
Any sequence that may impact public safety
Intermitent Traffic Control (ITC) or 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.
Please call our office at 561.233.1000 / 800.745.FILM to obtain specific contact information for government buildings, parks and landmarks under state or federal jurisdiction.
When filming in a residential neighborhood or business district, proper notification is to be provided to each merchant or neighbor who is directly affected by the company (this includes parking, base camps and meal areas) at least 48 hours prior to filming. The written notification should include all of the specifics pertaining to your production including contact information for the production company as well as a representative from the locations department that will be on-set should any questions or concerns arise while filming, they may be addressed immediately and efficiently.