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 will be necessary to execute, please complete the free, Film and Video Location application below:
City of Ann Arbor film requirements
Prior to a Film and Video Location Application being approved, a meeting with city staff and film and video personnel is required to better identify production needs. At this meeting, film personnel will provide: a film location schedule, filming dates and maps for each location identifying the film activity boundaries. If filming in a city park, maps are available online here.
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:
Chris Rachwal, City of Ann Arbor Project Management, to review sidewalk, rights of way and street permit guidelines and processing times, at (734) 794-6410 ext. 43648 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sargeant Lyle Sartori, City of Ann Arbor Police Services, to ensure traffic control and police assistance needs are met. He can be reached at (734) 794-6940, ext. 49403, e-mail: email@example.com.
Reka Farrackand, City of Ann Arbor Fire Inspector. She can be reached at (734) 794-6000 ext. 49606 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.