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Alexandria Film Permits

COVID-19 Operating Status: The Film Office is accepting and reviewing applications. Permits will be issued on a case by case basis depending on the availability of City staff and resources to facilitate filming in the City of Alexandria.

Film Contact: Elissa Staley at or (703) 652-5352

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 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: The following fees are in effect.

  • Film Application Processing Fee - $30. Payment for the review and processing of your application. Those based in the U.S. can use the online payment system. For those based outside of the U.S., please contact Melanie Fallon at (703) 838-4725 to arrange 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. Those based in the US can use the online payment system. For those based outside of the U.S., please contact Melanie Fallon at (703) 838-4725 to arrange 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: Elissa Staley
    625 N. Washington St., #400
    Alexandria, VA 22314

Questions? Contact Elissa Staley at or (703) 652-5352.

Film Application


  1. Carefully review the Film Permits page for information about filming in Alexandria and the application and permit process.
  2. Pay the Film Application Processing Fee of $30 at this link.
  3. Complete the application below.

Complete the application as accurately and 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.

General Information

Production Details

(exact street locations)

(story line, description of shoot)

(generator, lighting, trailers, port-a-potties)

(number of people involved)

Reserved Parking

Visit the City of Alexandria website for current parking reservation prices.

(street address or meter numbers found inside glass)

Street Closings

Street closings require police officers for traffic direction and control, incurring additional fees.

Sidewalk Closing



* Indicates a required field.