Filming in Scottsdale

A film permit is required for the commercial use of any public street, road, alley, or right-of-way. 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.

If you are interested in filming at any of the city facilities listed below, please contact them directly for their film permit process and approval. Facility rental and permit fees may apply. 

Filming on public property is regulated by the Scottsdale Revised Code, Chapter 16: Sec. 16-431 through Sec. 16-451.  Requests for photo shoots, commercials, television, feature films or any other film production that utilize the right-of-way (excluding locations listed above) will require a permit.  Although the city does not issue permits for drone footage, you may use drones to film if you follow the guidelines outlined here

The online film permit application must be completed and submitted 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 Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Permits will not be issued without a certificate of insurance.

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

City of Scottsdale - Tourism & Events
7447 E. Indian School Road #301
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

Cheryl Sumners
Events Manager 
P: 480-312-7834 
csumners@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Holli Shannon
Tourism Assistant
P: 480-312-7177
hshannon@ScottsdaleAZ.gov