The Chief of Police or a designee will determine and approve the number of officers and agents that are required for closures and adjacent areas related to filming. When applying for a Right of Way Permit, the Transportation Department may request that a production have a police presence on set if a sidewalk or road closure is required.

The following is a cost breakdown to hire a police officer for production:

  • Police Officer - $58.00 per hour
  • Police Detective - $72.00 per hour
  • Police Corporal - $72.00 per hour
  • Police Sergeant (Supervisor) - $78.00 per hour
  • Vehicle Rental - $10.00 per hour

There is a 2 hour minimum per officer. When 4 or more Officers are hired, a Sergeant (as a supervisor) is required by Police Policy. For larger events, a supervisor is required for every 10 Officers hired. Vehicles cannot be rented by themselves. The vehicle rental fees will not be charged if the use of a Marked Unit is not integral to the safety of the project being worked.

For other details about working with the Austin Police Department for filming, please contact APD Special Events at 512-974-5032.

City of Austin Ordinance 20080306-038 states that the City of Austin will provide production crews with up to two police officers - free of charge - for traffic control and other public safety issues, subject to certain requirements and limitations. To qualify the production must meet the criteria to receive incentives.