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Filming in Ann Arbor

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The purpose of this site is to streamline information for film production representatives who are considering filming on city property in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Film and video location application
In order to assist City staff in helping you with your filming needs on city-owned property and assess what permits and agreements might be necessary to execute, please complete and submit the Film and Video Location application below (this is not a permit): 

City of Ann Arbor film requirements

In order to assist you, city staff need a film location schedule, filming dates and city services support needs identified, such as street or sidewalk permits or Police security or traffic conrol assistance. 

In addition, a location agreement is required for any filming that will take place on City-owned property. This agreement will be provided by the City Attorney's Office.  

Regardless of where filming takes place in Ann Arbor, all film companies are required to contact the following City personnel prior to the start of their production:

  1. Chris Rachwal, City of Ann Arbor Project Management, to review sidewalk, rights of way and street permit guidelines and processing deadlines, at (734) 794-6410 ext. 43648 or e-mail:  
  2. Sergeant Bill Clock, City of Ann Arbor Police Services, to review traffic control and police assistance requirements. If Police assistance is needed, 7-days advance notice is required for scheduling. He can be reached at (734) 794-6940, ext. 49403, e-mail:    
  3. Reka Farrackand, City of Ann Arbor Fire Inspector. She can be reached at (734) 794-6000 ext. 49606 e-mail:

Primary City of Ann Arbor film contact
If you have any questions about the Ann Arbor Film and Video Location Application or filming on city-owned property, please contact Lisa Wondrash, Communications Unit Manager, at (734) 794-6152 or via e-mail at