Commercial Filming and Photography

The City of Asheville Community & Economic Development Department manages permitting, location agreements, and city service coordination for all commercial filming and photography work involving city-owned property, sidewalks, streets, and parks. Commercial filming and photography is largely permitted under the same conditions as other outdoor special event uses of public property in Asheville. A permit may not be required for small scale projects that do not require the reservation of public space, closure of streets/sidewalks/parking, use of generators, fire, added structures or unusual scenes.

To begin, please review the City of Asheville’s Outdoor Special Event Guide and contact our office at your convenience.

 

North Carolina Film Office – Intent to Film Registration

The City of Asheville works in cooperation with the North Carolina Film Office. Intent to Film Notification should be completed by any production, regardless of production type and/or budget size, that will be filming in North Carolina.  Completion of the form is required for any production wishing to apply for the state’s film rebate program, funded through the NC Film and Entertainment Grant (note that an additional “formal application” is also required to be completed to be considered).  Even those productions who do not intend to apply for the grant should complete the form so that the NC Film Office is best able to assist the production while filming in North Carolina.

 


City of Asheville Application Forms

Outdoor Special Event Permit Application

Commercial Filming Directives

Emergency Action Plan  (required only when area of work is confined or roads closed)

Documentation of Street Closure Notification (required only when streets will need to be fully closed)

Outdoor Special Event Permit Amendment (a cover sheet for submitting a revised application)


COVID-19 Guidelines

The North Carolina Governor’s Office has advised that “film sets” are exempt from the mass gatherings limitations because they are considered “work” as outlined in Section 7 of Executive Order 141.

Production Safety Guidelines

Safe Sets™️ COVID-19 (Level A) Certification

IWLMSC Task Force White Paper


Contact Information

Click Here to schedule an appointment for consultation, or application review and intake.

Jon Fillman, Community Event Manager
828-259-5738

Community & Economic Development Department
70 Court Plaza, 5th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

Mailing Address
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802


Notice: All commercial filming activities in national parks require a permit.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Matt Micale, Permit Coordinator
828-348-3441

blri_permits@nps.gov

Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits


Updated 11/23/2020

 

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