Information for filming in any city-owned facility, city streets, sidewalks, Pearl Street Mall, city parks and open space.

General Requirements

  • Approved film permits/ photography shoots and all other permits, licenses and plans must be on site and available during the entire event.
  • No banners or signs in or alongside the public right-of-way (streets, sidewalks), or placed across roadways.
  • No person shall drive a motor vehicle within or upon any part of a park, parkway, recreation area, or open space except on designated roadways or parking areas.
  • Destruction, damage or removal of any vegetation or defacement of park property is prohibited.
  • No impeding pedestrian access on sidewalks or traffic on multi-use paths.
  • All cords must be properly grounded and covered, and rated for outdoor use. All tents/canopies must be securely grounded and secured and have been inspected and permitted, if applicable.
  • No parking in any area other than designated parking areas.
  • Applications must be submitted at least 14 days prior to proposed shoot date for processing.

Further Rules & Regulations


All amplification will remain in compliance with the City of Boulder's noise ordinances. If complaints are received, the volume will be turned down, even if the volume is in compliance with the allowed sound level.

Drone Regulations

Anyone flying a drone must follow all federal, city and county guidelines. You may not launch, land or otherwise operate any unmanned motorized vehicle from or on any City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks land.

Insurance Requirements

Naming the "City of Boulder and its officials and employees" as additional insured in a general liability insurance policy with a combined single limit of $1 million per occurrence and a $2 million aggregate. Detailed insurance instructions are as follows:

INSURANCE AREACertificate HolderDescription Area of Insurance Rider
City Streets, Sidewalks, Pearl St. Mall and City ParksCity of Boulder and its officials and employees
1777 Broadway (Risk)
Boulder CO 80302
The City of Boulder and its officials and employees are named as additional insured on general liability for (name the event, the location, and date.
City Open Space Trails
Fax 720-564-2072
City of Boulder and its officials and employees
Attn: Permit Administrator
City of Boulder OSMP
2520 55th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
The City of Boulder and its officials and employees are named as additional insured.

Damage Deposit

To be determined by individual departments.

Signage Requirements

When filming in public places, the permittee will place signs in conspicuous locations around the filming area to inform people that filming is in progress, unless filming on City Open Space where signs are prohibited.

Filming Organized Activities

The permittee will not film in city park areas of organized activities, including without limitation: soccer, softball, baseball, or Ultimate Frisbee events within city parks.

Organized Activity Priority

Any other scheduled event on public property shall have priority over the permission granted under this permit

City Manager Requests

The permittee will comply with all requests of the City Manager, including police and fire officials to stop filming or avoid specified areas, if in the discretion of such officials, it is the city's interest to make such a request.

Releases and Consent Forms

The permittee agrees to obtain releases or consent from any person that is to be filmed.

Compliance with Permit

The permittee will comply with all of the representations made in the "Application to film in Boulder" that do not conflict the general requirements of this permit.

Open Space Commercial Use Permits Required

Most filming permits for Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) land also require an OSMP Commercial Use Permit.

Boulder County Film Commission

The Boulder County Film Commission provides filmmakers the information on how to film within Boulder city limits and in Boulder County. The film commission staff is familiar with the regulations for filming in the area. They can identify locations, provide location photos and facilitate the permitting process.

Boulder County’s strong entrepreneurial base, which includes film businesses, numerous film festivals and series, and small independent and student filmmakers, creates one of the most active film commissions in the state.

For more information, contact the Boulder County Film Commission office at 303-875-0276.