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Filming and photo shoots - prior communication

Authorisation to film or photograph in public areas or municipal facilities - simplified regime

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Simplified licensing, governed by the prior communication regime, applies to filming and photo shoots meeting the following criteria:

- The filming or photo does not take place in green areas and/or city squares
- The maximum filming or photo shoot period is 7 days
- Filming and photo shoots can only take place between 8:00am and 8:00pm
- The film/photo shoot crew does not exceed 10 people
- Only cameras, tripods, reflectors and sound capture equipment are used
- No Special Noise Licence is required
- No parking reservations or prohibitions are required, irrespective of purpose
- No…

Simplified licensing, governed by the prior communication regime, applies to filming and photo shoots meeting the following criteria:

- The filming or photo does not take place in green areas and/or city squares
- The maximum filming or photo shoot period is 7 days
- Filming and photo shoots can only take place between 8:00am and 8:00pm
- The film/photo shoot crew does not exceed 10 people
- Only cameras, tripods, reflectors and sound capture equipment are used
- No Special Noise Licence is required
- No parking reservations or prohibitions are required, irrespective of purpose
- No reservation of public areas is required
- Filming or photo shoots will only be allowed to start after all due fees have been paid

Filming/photo shoots will not be allowed if the intended location is reserved for another event.

WEATHER DAY
Should a scheduled filming/photo shoot not take place due to the weather conditions, the applicant may submit an application for the respective rescheduling to a date at least 3 working days later than the original date.

Granting of support/exemption from payment (fees and other municipal revenues)
Municipal fees may be waived in case of filming undertaken by non-profit associations and educational establishments. Discounts on renting of municipal areas and facilities may also be offered. These benefits require verification of compliance with applicable legal requirements.

In the event that film and audio-visual productions serve the best interests of the municipality, according to the criteria defined in municipal regulations, namely by being of cultural interest or artistic and technical value, or by promoting the city of Lisbon, granting of the following support may be considered:

Exemption from payment of fees and offering of discounts (Lisbon Municipality General Fee, Price and Other Revenue Regulations)
- Public area occupation
- Parking
- Special noise licence
- Use of municipal areas/facilities

Granting of support by the Lisbon Municipality (Lisbon Municipality Regulations for Granting of Support)
- Promotion and divulgation through the CML channels available
- Film premiere taking place in a municipal area
- Logistic support, considered on a case-by-case basis (removal of urban structures, changes to street lighting, cleaning of streets and graffiti, etc.)

Applications for support/exemption from payment of municipal fees must be submitted at least 15 business days prior to the date of submission of the application for authorisation to film/photograph, together with a project folder including the following detailed information:
- Synopsis or specifications
- Script
- Technical and artistic teams, including the CVs of the producer(s) and director
- Promoters/financing entities
- Overall production budget
- Declarations of support from other entities
- Film distribution circuit
- Description of sets (filming dates and public locations involved, including estimated areas).

The Lisbon Film Commission analyses the potential cultural and artistic interest of the project.

Granting of municipal support entails the following obligations:
- Inclusion of the text “Supported by the Lisbon City Council” in the film/photos
- Inclusion of the Lisbon City Council and Lisbon Film Commission logos in all promotional materials
- Delivery of a copy of the film/images
- Creation of an advertising billboard
- Communication of the premiere and film distributiondates

Who can apply?
Associations, educational establishments, companies and citizens wishing to film or photograph in public or municipal areas.

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 Email
iniciativa.lisboa@cm-lisboa.pt (maximum 4MB per email)

Prior communication
(simplified licensing)
€177.50 (per application)

Occupation of public areas
(including film sets, cleaning and technical vehicle parking)

Up to 10m2 (per day)
€57.90

Please consult the Table of Municipal Rates

Students
Occupation of public areas by students for school productions is exempted from payment of the respective fees (under the terms of Article 10, point 1, paragraph f, of the Lisbon Municipality General Fee, Price and Other Revenue Regulations). 

Filming or photo shoots will only be allowed to start after all due fees have been paid and the availability of the desired location verified.

Payment methods
ATM

Issue/Decision: up to 3 working days (counting from the working day following submission of the application).

Applications for support/exemption from payment of municipal fees must be submitted at least 15 business days prior to the date of submission of the application for authorisation to film/photograph

If you intend to use music recordings (recorded music, music videos and/or karaoke), you will be required to apply for a licence PassMúsica.