filming on waterways

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.

Filming on water and waterways generally needs to be approved.

Bodies of water and waterways in Berlin and Brandenburg belong to different areas of responsibility:

Federal waterways


If you need a filming permit, please apply for it informally with the following information from the Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping:

  • information about the applicant company
  • locations, motif, date, time
  • the reason for the film shoot (brief description of the concept)
  • number of people involved
  • equipment information
  • contact details

Water and Shipping Office Berlin

Berlin and Märkische waterways (federal waterways)

The Havel-Oder waterway

State waterways


Berlin

The approval authority for state waterways in Berlin is the Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection


Brandenburg

The approval authority for state waterways in Brandenburg is the State Office for Building and Traffic Department 2, Department 24 (LBV).

Waterways and bodies of water under county or local government


In Brandenburg, individual bodies of water are administered by the districts or cities.

Private waters


Individual waters are also privately owned. The owner should be contacted for filming permits.

contact: bbfc

Film location Berlin Brandenburg 2020