A film/video permit is required when a film, video or photo shoot occurs on county roads.

The same permit is required for photo shoots as film or video.

Permits are processed in the order in which they are received. They usually take about three weeks.  The more complete the application, the quicker the permit will be processed.

Film/Video Permit Checklist

  • Film/Video Permit Application
  • Traffic Control Plan (TCP).
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Notification to neighbors, with address list or map
  • Permit fees

Film/Video Permit Application

Once you've reviewed the checklist, you can begin your application.

Traffic Control Plan

If your film/video/photo shoot is expected to interrupt or affect traffic, you will need to provide a traffic control plan that conforms to MUTCD standards.

If your plan includes a road or lane closure, please include the anticipated work schedule, including hours.

If the shoot requires a complete road closure, the Traffic Control Plan will be submitted to the County Engineer, who will need to approve the closure.  A full road closure requires the County to provide additional communications to the public, our road crews, and additional outside agencies, such as TriMet.

Proof of Insurance

Before we issue a permit, you must provide proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance.

For an example of proof of insurance, please see our Sample Certificate of Liability. This is a document that would be issued by your insurer.

Notice to Neighbors

You must provide notification to nearby residents or businesses that will be affected by the event.

You must also provide a list of addresses or a map showing which resident or businesses will be affected.

Permit Fees

The permit application fee for a film/video permit is $200. If a full road closure is required, there is an additional fee of $300. Depending on the nature of the shoot, other fees may apply.

Fees will be calculated when your permit application is submitted, and you may find and pay your invoice through our permit portal.