In Berlin, the double approval requirement applies, that is, in Berlin, approval is given from a road traffic perspective and, from the owner's perspective, the special use is approved.
For small teams, it is as follows:
Small journalistic film and photo teams that carry out photo or film work on public streets and squares in Berlin and Brandenburg only need a road traffic permit if they hinder public transport, including pedestrian and cyclist traffic. This handicap occurs when the team exceeds 3 - 5 people (Crew & Cast), external structures such as tripods (camera tripod is tolerated), headlights or rails or other measures to prevent traffic. Even a time span of over 3 hours per location no longer falls under the small team regulation.
The owner, ie the district offices, must always be informed regardless of this . All you need to do is send an email stating the company contact details, team size, technology, date, time and location of the planned filming. Depending on the district offices and the effort, it is decided whether a special usage fee will be charged.
If public transport is impaired, filming is subject to approval from the perspective of the road traffic authorities and from the point of view of the owner. In this case, in the case of filming, a general filming permit , the road traffic regulations and the special use permit of the responsible civil engineering department of the respective district, city or district are required . In the case of photographic work, the approval of the responsible civil engineering department is sufficient. In the case of green space use, the approval of the green space office of the respective Berlin district or location must also be obtained.
You can find more information on the filming approval process here .