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Filming in Scottsdale

A film permit is required for the commercial use of any public street, road, alley, right-of-way, public facility or public place owned by the city, or over which the city has the right of control. A permit is not required for filming or videotaping on private property or for filming of persons, scenes, occurrences or events, which is done for news gathering purposes in the general public interest, for use in criminal investigations by law enforcement agencies or for use in any judicial proceedings.

Filming on public property is regulated by the Scottsdale Revised Code, Chapter 16: Sec. 16-431 through Sec. 16-451. All requests for photo shoots, commercials, television, feature films or any other film production that utilize City property or right-of-way are processed by Tourism and Events located at 7506 E. Indian School Rd. A film permit application must be completed and emailed with the required certificate of insurance. A Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Scottsdale as "additional insured" must be submitted with the completed application. The address for the certificate is 7447 E. Indian School Rd. Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Permits will not be issued without a certificate of insurance.

There is no fee for a film permit, however if you are filming at a specific city facility, separate approval as well as facility rental and permit fees apply. For information and permission to film at any of the following locations, please contact them directly.

Depending on the nature of the activity proposed, applications will be reviewed by the appropriate department staff including but not limited to fire, police, risk management and traffic engineering officials. If your film project requires police officers for safety reasons or to provide traffic control, officers may be contracted through the Scottsdale Police Department. To hire Scottsdale Police Officers email or call 480-312-4385. For more information visit hiring an off-duty officer.  

 

Contact Information

Planning - Zoning Requests, General Plan
P: 480-312-7000 
planninginfo@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

One Stop Shop -  Permits and Plan Review
P: 480-312-2500
7447 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

Records
P: 480-312-2356 

Inspections -  Permit Inspections
P: 480-312-5750

Inspection Hours:
Summer (Apr-Oct) 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Winter (Nov-Mar) 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Code Enforcement - Property Maintenance & Zoning Violations
P: 480-312-2546

Building Code Hotline
P: 480-312-2633