Berlin - The traffic road authority (Berlin VLB) the centralized office for permits.
Since September 1st, 2004, the Berlin traffic road authority (Berlin VLB) a
special branch of the Senate Department of Urban Development has been serving
Berlin by overseeing all activity that affects the flow of traffic on the citys
streets and roads. New procedures that took effect at the beginning of 2005 have
greatly expedited the process of obtaining shooting permits for film industry
officials. Now all applications concerning obligatory shooting permits for
productions that in any way interfere with traffic on Berlins streets and roads
are processed by the Berlin VLB. Only LIVE shoots (i.e. LIVE in-house broadcast
news reports that could interfere with street traffic needing while acquiring
film/video footage) are required to obtain official permission through the
respective traffic authorities from the borough concerned (effective as of
September 1st, 2004).
Whether for general parking, the partial or total
closure of a street, blue light or trailer escorts/convoys etc. - all permits
can now be applied for at one central location. At least in a manner of speaking;
for at present, permission must simultaneously be approved by the true landowner,
the civil engineering office of the respective district, whenever public streets
and roads are to be used. The Berlin government is making a concerted effort at
centralization where this is concerned.