PERMITS & REGULATIONS
No matter the crew size or impact, if you are filming on public property in the City of Austin (like a street or park), a permit is required.
Permits are not required to film on private property.
The Austin Film Commission does not issue permits for filming. The following are local contacts (along with guidelines) for the various Austin-area film permitting entities:
CITY OF AUSTIN - STREETS & SIDEWALKS
Requests for the use of City of Austin right of way (city streets, sidewalks and alleys) by commercial, student, or mobile filming, must be authorized by the Austin Transportation Department. Permits are free, but productions will need to provide proof of insurance to process for request to be processed. Permit requests can be filed online through the Right of Way Management Approval Network. It is recommended that requests be filed at least 3 days prior to the filming start date.
Permit & Licensing Review Analyst, City of Austin Transportation Department
CITY OF AUSTIN - PARKS & WATERWAYS
To film on City of Austin Parks properties—like Zilker Park, Pfluger Bridge, the Hike and Bike Trail, Mount Bonnell, Lady Bird Lake, Decker Lake, & Lake Austin—permitting requests must be made through the Parks & Recreation Office of Special Events. The Park Directory includes a full list of the 300+ City of Austin Parks properties. It is recommended that requests be filed at least 7 days in advance of filming start date for small productions and 14 days for large impact projects.
Manager - Special Events Office, City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department
AUSTIN-BERGSTORM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Requests to film at Austin-Bergstorm International Airport (AIBA) must be submitted through the ABIA - Airport Filming Program.
Francisco “Kiko” Garza
Properties Program Manager, Austin-Bergstorm International Airport
STATE OF TEXAS - CAPITAL GROUNDS
To inquire about filming on the State Capital Grounds, requests must be submitted to the State Preservation Board.
Events & Exhibits Coordinator, State Preservation Board
STATE OF TEXAS - OWNED PROPERTIES
In order to film on a state owned property—like a building or park—a request must be submitted to the Texas Film Commission. Permit requests can be filed online through the State Property Use - Request for Use Application.
Senior Production Consultant, Texas Film Commission
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (TXDOT) - HIGHWAYS
To film on any State of Texas highway right of way in the area, you must obtain permission from the TxDOT Austin District Office, which oversees Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Gillespie, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis, & Williamson counties. Local corridors overseen by TxDOT include: I-35, US 290, US 183, US 281, SH 71, SH 195, SH 130 toll road, Loop 1 (MoPac), & Loop 360.
Maintenance Operations, Austin District - Texas Department of Transportation
LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY (LCRA) - PROPERTIES
Organizations and individuals wanting to film or take photographs on LCRA property can apply online. The LCRA oversees a number of parks, recreation areas, waterways and facilites in the Austin area including McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Lake Bastrop, & Turkey Bend Recreation Area. The Parks Directory includes a list of LCRA properties.
Manager, Business & Product Development - Lower Colorado River Authority
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Filming on the University of Texas at Austin campus is overseen by University Communications.
Amy Maverick Crossette
Film & Event Production Manager - University Communications, University of Texas at Austin