Special Event - Film Permits

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Thank you for choosing Colorado Springs for your upcoming film project. A Commercial Film Permit is required for any commercial still or video photography in a City of Colorado Springs public right-of-way or City park.

Commercial Photography is defined as photography or videography that is done for money-making purposes, in furtherance of a business, or incidental to a person’s business. This includes video or photos that produce revenue, real estate photography, news media, telecommunications or other commercial uses. Drone photography is ONLY permitted with expressed written consent (see Drone Policy).

Provisions for All Parks, Trails and Open Spaces

  • The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (PRCS) Department reserves the right to approve or deny any permit application at its sole discretion.
  • Commercial General Liability Insurance that names as Additional Insured, “The City of Colorado Springs, its elected officials, employees and volunteers” and any other public entities impacted by the event is required for all permits. The policy must be for a minimum of $1,000,000.00 with an aggregate amount of $1,000,000.00.
  • The entire Application and Permit Packet must be on the premises during filming and presented to any City Employee upon request.
  • All park rules and regulations apply.

Provisions for Garden of the Gods Park

Additional regulations for filming in Garden of the Gods Park exist to protect the natural attributes of the park, as well as the experience of its visitors:

  • Permits which require road closures will not be issued during peak visitor season, May 1-September 30 annually.
  • Filming will only be permitted Monday-Friday during the hours of 6:00-10:00 am (year-round), 3:00-5:00 pm (October 1-April 30) and 7:00-9:00 pm (May 1-September 30).
  • Scouting, set-up, tear-down and filming may only be conducted during park hours, 5:00 am – 9:00 pm from November 1 through April 30; and 5:00 am – 10:00 pm from May 1 – October 31.
  • Photographers and crew may not disturb birds or wildlife or their natural habitat within the park.
  • Photographers, crew, equipment and vehicles may not disrupt or impede vehicle or pedestrian traffic at any time, unless a road closure has been approved and appropriate traffic control is in place.

Permit & Application Process

  • Commercial Film Permit Application
  • Applications are due at least 14 days in advance of requested filming date
  • Applications must include:
    • Certificate of Insurance
    • Site Plan
    • Timeline/Narrative/Shot List
    • Signed Park Rules & Regulations (if applicable)
    • Other permits and licenses (as applicable)
  • Permit Fees:
    • Application Processing Fee - $25
    • Garden of the Gods Park - $500/day
    • All Other Parks - $250/day
    • Penalty and/or violation fees may apply for a violation of any park rule

 

Are You Requesting?

Required Permit

Application Deadline

Exclusive use and/or closure of any City street, sidewalk, alley, park trail or open space?

Commercial Film Permit

14 days

Non-exclusive use of any City sidewalk or alleyway?

Revocable Permit

7 days

Use of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)/Drone Photography?

Commercial Film Permit

Expressed written consent required for drone use (see Drone Policy)

14 days

Use of Pikes Peak or the Pikes Peak Highway?

Varies

Contact selliot@springsgov.com

Varies

Use of private property?

No permits required if the project has permission from the property owner, and there will be no signage, lighting, noise, high-risk activity or temporary structures

N/A