Alexandria Film Permits

Visit Alexandria, also known as Visit Alexandria, coordinates applications and permits on behalf of the City of Alexandria for filming that takes place on public property. Visit the Virginia Film Office website as a resource for production services.

Deadlines: Film applications should be submitted at least SIX (6) business days in advance to allow for processing. This time is necessary to contact appropriate City officials for approval. Once this process is completed, your certificate of insurance has been received, and your application and permit fees have been received, your permit will be issued.

Location: This application covers filming on public property within the City of Alexandria. Filming on private property must be arranged with property owners separately and is NOT covered by this application and permit.

Costs: As of January 1, 2015, the following fees are in effect.

  • Film Application Processing Fee - $30. Payment for the review and processing of your application. Online payment
  • Film Permit - $100. *After* your application has been processed and your film project is approved, this fee covers the issue of your permit and guidance in navigating City departments to address any other potential requirements. Online payment
  • Additional costs may be incurred for reserved parking, street and sidewalk closures and security.

Liability Insurance: Commercial general liability insurance in the amount of $1 million is necessary for all shoots on City property. The City of Alexandria must be named as the certificate holder and as additional insured. The insurance certificate must be received by us before your permit will be issued. It may be submitted by email to or to the address below:

    Additionally Insured:
    City of Alexandria AND Visit Alexandria
    ATTN: Claire Mouledoux
    625 N. Washington St., #400
    Alexandria, VA 22314

Initiate Application: Go to the Film Application page, pay the $30 Film Application Processing Fee, and complete the application as accurately and as detailed as possible to make the process go as quickly as possible. You will be contacted within 24 hours and notified of the status of the permit and if any additional permitting will be required. 

Questions? Contact Ann Dorman at or (703) 626-1266.

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