Filming where either several actors participate, objects are placed on public street land, traffic signs or facilities for parking or play areas are required - are subject of approval in Berlin and Brandenburg.
General filming permit
The general filming permit is the prerequisite for all other filming permits for filming on public streets and can only be issued for the period of insurance cover. The general filming permit is issued by the film office of the Central Road Traffic Authority and is valid for up to two years and applies to all of Berlin - excluding motorways.
The following forms must be submitted to the film office of the Central Road Traffic Authority:
In each individual case, filming must be requested in good time, stating the exact location, time and duration, as well as the type of filming intended. The necessary traffic signs and facilities must be entered in a traffic sign plan and submitted with the application.The general filming permit is combined with additional provisions (in German only).
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If the provisions are not met, the police are entitled to postpone the start of the filming until the secondary provisions are met or to stop the filming.
Special use of public space
The general filming permit is a prerequisite for an arrangement for putting up stopping bans and other measures, such as interval or full closures. The order is issued by the film office of the central road traffic authority. They will also involve the police and district authorities. Sometimes this has to be done by the production prior to submitting the approval. An administrative fee is charged, which is based on the actual effort of the authority and is specified in the fee schedule for measures in road traffic. The frame fee is between € 10.20 and € 767.00.
We kindly ask you to submit the application as early as possible, at least 2 weeks before the start of the measure. In times with a lot of filming, the deadline can also be extended.
Special use of public space - engineering office
Permission from the owner is generally required for uses of the street country that are related to filming. The civil engineering department of the district offices is responsible for this. The special use is independent of road traffic law and is based on road law. The costs for the fees for the special use of public street land for film work depend on the scope and duration of use and are determined in accordance with the Special Use Fee Ordinance.
The permit is linked to additional provisions:
A special use of the street in the country without a special use permit, as well as violations of the conditions, meets the requirements of an administrative offense, which can be punished with a fine of up to € 10,000.
The Berlin Roads and Parks Authority added a passage to the ancillary provisions of special use permits with immediate effect. This passage is made conditional. You may be asked to provide a necessary evidence to the application process.
Residents complaints about power generators are increasing. Unfortunately, those are often not set up with care by production companies so residents needs to deal with noise as well as odor pollution day and night. As a simple and uncomplicated solution in consulation with the district environment and nature conservation office, the SGA-Mitte of Berlin decided to take this step. Evidence of the requirements can be achieved through the following system certifications:
VERT (Verification of Emission Reduction Technologies - Swiss standards) FAD (Förderkreis Exhaust Aftertreatment Technologies for Diesel Engines) UNECE - Guideline 132 for Retrofit Systems (REC Guideline Level 1, Class 1 and 2)
Special use of green space
When filming in a public green area, a permit from the responsible green areas office is also required. Please see Filming in public green spaces.
Special permit for pollution control
For filming at night (10 p.m. to 6 p.m.) as for filming on Sundays and public holidays, a permit is required from the responsible environmental office in the district of the location. Please see filming in protection periods.
General filming permit
In the state of Brandenburg, the general filming permit is issued by the respective lower traffic authority of the district, at which the application for a single filming permit is submitted - there is no general permission beyond the actual filming as in Berlin.
The prerequisite for the application for individual approval is the proof of production liability insurance for the project and the declaration of exemption. (In German only)
Special use of public space
The required street legal special use permit according to §46 (1) StVO is given by the responsible lower road traffic authority of the respective district, the city or the large city of the filming location. The application must be made at least 14 days before filming begins. An administrative fee is charged, which is based on the actual effort of the authority and is specified in the fee schedule for measures in road traffic.
The arrangement is associated with secondary provisions:
Special use of public space - civil engineering
The respective district and local authorities are responsible for the approval of filming in the public space of the State of Brandenburg .