Shooting permits are the first thing to consider before shooting in Dubai. The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) takes care of granting shooting permits. Anyone who wishes to shoot here must appoint a UAE-licensed production company to obtain a shooting permit, and we at Ravenscar Film can help you assist with that.
Permits can be processed in one to five days depending on the shooting requirements. All types of content format like Advertisement, short-form and long-form script, Documentary, Radio Program and Photography, a that are going to be used in different media platforms including Television, Film, online, Mobile, and Print needs to secure a shooting a DFTC shooting permit. However, hobbyist and tourist that are taking photos and videos may not need to get permits providing this will not be used in commercial purposes. Students and educational institutionsalso do not require a filming permit as long as it is a school related project and has a proper consent from the location owner.
Filming permit costs depending on the type, duration and location of the shoot. There’s a AED 500.00 non-refundable processing fee per application but this includes a permit request for multiple days and location.
For a Private location, location fee depends on the owner but has a maximum charge of AED 25,000 per day and they can charge an additional fee for security and cleaning. The location fees for public location depends on the type of the project.
Permit Fees Index
|Production Type||Commissioning Entity||Location Fees (AED)||Permit Duration|
|Films, TV series, documentaries||UAE licensed production company or UAE licensed broadcaster||2,500||up to 30 days|
|Reality shows, magazine shows, lifestyle, formats||UAE licensed production company or UAE licensed broadcaster||2,500||up to 30 days|
|News and current events||UAE licensed broadcaster commissioning UAE licensed production company or publisher||0||up to 30 days|
|Broadcaster from abroad commissioning UAE licensed production company or publisher||2,500||up to 14 days|
|Advertisements for TV and online||UAE licensed production company||2,500||up to 3 days|
|Corporate videos and footage||UAE licensed production company||2,500||up to 7 days|
|Still shoots or video footage of city||UAE licensed production company or UAE licensed broadcaster||2,500||up to 14 days|
|Still shoots or video footage for any production type||UAE licensed production company or UAE licensed broadcaster||0||up to 7 days|
*details from DFTC website
To help you get the shooting permissions, we will need the following details from you:
- Company Details- Company Name, Address, contact details
- Crew – visa or passport copy
- Details of the shoot – brief, objective, purpose
- Equipment list
- No objection Certificate- confirming that Ravenscar Film will apply the permit for you
Aside from getting permissions, Ravenscar Film can help you carry out your shoot. From Pre-production, production, and post-production, Ravenscar Film has a multi-talented crew and advanced cinema camera equipment (RED Digital DSMC2 Camera), that will help you deliver your desired film and video requirement.
You can check the full terms and conditions that apply to Dubai filming permits below: