Filming in Ann Arbor


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​​This page is designed to assist those interested in film production within the City of Ann Arbor.  There is no general film permit available in the city. B-roll or other filming is permitted as long as film crew(s) and equipment is not impeding pedestrian or vehicular traffic in any way on city sidewalks, streets or city-owned property.  

Permits may be required for filming activities that do require the closure or partial closure of city sidewalks or streets. See contacts below. 

Sidewalk, rights of way an​d street permits: Brian Nollar, City of Ann Arbor, Engineering Unit, 734.323.6939, email: [email protected]

City of Ann Arbor Police Services and traffic control: Email [email protected]. If Police assistance is needed, 7-days advance notice is required for scheduling. 

Parks and Recreation Location Rentals, including the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market: Jessica Black, Parks and Recreation Facility Supervisor, email: [email protected]

Rights of way and sidewalk occupancy permits: Planning and Development Permits Desk, 734.794.6267, option 5.

Signs, signals, street barricades and infrastructure: Marc Moreno, Public Works Supervisor, 734.794.6350 x43322 or email [email protected].  

Street closure approval or schedule of special event in Ann Arbor: Debra Williams, Community Services Area, 734.794.6000 x42198, email: [email protected].

Parking meter bagging, onsite street parking, surface lots or parking structure inquiries: Contact Republic Parking at 734.761.7235.

Regarding drone usage, you are not required to obtain a permit from the city, however, in the likely event you fly over University of Michigan property, which is governed by their University Drone Ordinance, please contact the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety in advance of filming to learn about their regulations: 734.763.1131.

Other Film Resou​rces

General Film Questions: Lisa Wondrash, Communications Director, ​email: ​[email protected].​