Items for which you may need a permit:
A tripod or dolly is used on sidewalks or streets.
A generator is used on a sidewalk or street.
Activities outside of noise ordinance.
Access to city water is needed.
Filming takes place on city-owned property, such as rights of way, parks, etc.
If traffic will be interrupted on City streets for more than 15 minutes.
On-street public parking will be impacted.
Pedestrian traffic on sidewalks will be interrupted.
Special effects usage.
Street or lane closures.
Wires or cables run across or over sidewalks or streets.
Permits and applications
Tents in excess of 400 square feet require permits): Documentation of flame retardancy, regardless of size, is required. *Fee: $25. Contact: customer service center 734.794.6320 /email@example.com. Average processing time is minimum seven days advance notice.
Fire hydrant connection to city water
City Public Works unit to determine labor costs. Contact the city's customer service department for assistance, 734.794.6000. Average processing time is to be determined upon receipt of application (PDF).
*Standard lane-closure review is $30 total. *Extensive lane closures are billed at $100 per hour. Contact: Brian Nollar, City of Ann Arbor, Engineering Unit, 734.323.6939, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Average time is minimum 48 hours for review and processing.
Required if activities before 7 a.m. or after 10 p.m. If permit is issued, then no extended business hours permit is necessary. *Fee: $8. Contact: City clerk's office, 734.794.6140. Average processing time is five days, required for review and processing.
Fees dependent upon requested location. See park rental page. Contact parks and recreation customer service at 734.794.6230. A minimum of seven days advance notice is required. A film location agreement is also required.
*Fee is dependent on city field operation labor costs. Contact: Chuck Fojtik, 734.794.6350, ext. 43332. Minimum of 48 hours is required for review and processing.
Street Barricade Permit Application
*View the fee schedule (PDF). Contact: customer service center 734.794.6320 /
email@example.com. A minimum of 48 hours is required for review and processing.
*Fee: Daily Permit: $0.05 per square foot of sidewalk space is charged. Contact: customer service center 734.794.6320 /firstname.lastname@example.org. A minimum of 48 hours is required for review and processing.
*Fee: $34. Contact: Debra Williams, 734.794.6000 ext. 42198. Sixty days advance notice is required.
*All fees have been approved by the Ann Arbor City Council.