filming on highways

Please note:


Since the official language is German, you will need an experienced German speaking production manager for more complex procedures who can fill out the forms and can clarify any questions concerning the filming permits. You will find a list of production and location managers in our database.

Basics:


You do not need a permit if you plan to shoot the following: 

  • Filming inside vehicles that do not interfere traffic. If filming takes place in public traffic, please note that traffic rules must always be observed on motorways as a minimum speed of 60 km / h must on motorways.
The following are subject to approval: 

Danger:
  • In the event of special dangers, such as accidents, visits by state guests, etc., a permit which already is issued can be withdrawn on a short notice ( §44 (2) STVO in German only).
  • During filming, it must be ensured that all vehicles are approved for traffic. Trailing axles (trailers) are generally only permitted up to a load of 800 kg.
  • The filming permit as well as the necessary approvals and exemptions permits (according to  §46 STVO in German only) are to be carried along. Official number plates must be present on the vehicles.

Berlin


The responsible authority for filming on motorways in Berlin is: 

The sequence of the filming is still to be coordinated with the Berlin freeway  police (the chief of police in Berlin, Directorate for Operations, Escort Protection and Traffic Service, Road Safety Service 1 - Autobahn Police) The responsible guard, the Autobahn Endurance Service, can be reached around the clock. The motorway endurance service records all measures that affect traffic on Berlin's city highways, such as construction or filming, in a central computer and coordinates them. 


Hints:
  • Due to the high traffic loads on Berlin's city motorways, filming that will have an impact on general traffic is only possible at night, on Sundays, and on special and on some sections of the route even between 9:00 and 13:00 on weekdays.
  • Overtaking scenes, night shots with headlights and flashing lights also require an exemption, which is issued by the central film office of the SenUVK. The details of the implementation must be coordinated with the motorway police.
  • The establishment of base camps and filming at rest areas must be coordinated with the central foil office of the SenUVK. Entrances and exits to the motorway may under no circumstances be blocked.

    The following places are available for setting up base camps:
    • Parking at the Hoher Bogen footbridge on Rudolstädter Straße in Wilmersdorf
    • Parking at the petrol station Mecklenburgische Straße (Heidelberger Platz) in Wilmersdorf
    • Parking at the Sachsendamm swimming pool in Schöneberg
    • Parking spaces at the Avus-Nordkurve or at the Deutschlandhalle in Charlottenburg for filming on the Avus

In order to coordinate the filming, the freeway police need a filming schedule stating:

  • desired location
  • date
  • time
  • duration
  • possibly production number and working title
  • description of contents and script excerpt
  • responsible contact person in production

Application deadline:

The processing time usuall takes two weeks. If  shooting requires a high degree of coordination it may take longer.

Brandenburg


The State Roads Authority of Brandenburg is responsible for filming on motorways in the State of Brandenburg.

contact: bbfc

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