locations in MN

Permits


Minnesota Film and TV does not issue permits, but we're happy to connect you with the people who do for any of Minnesota's cities and towns, roadways, waterways and parks. Some key permitting entities are listed below. When in doubt about the need for a permit, call our office at 612.767.0095.

 

 

City of Minneapolis
 

To obtain a permit to film in the city of Minneapolis you must complete the ROWAY online permit application form.  Regulatory services staff cannot respond to permit requests until the online application form has been submitted. minneapolis.mn.roway.net 

 

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The ROWAY application covers street and sidewalk obstruction permits, police (traffic control), water hydrant permits, amplified sound and meter hooding.

 

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Be sure to provide as much information as possible to assist Minneapolis regulatory services staff in approving your permit. Please note: the City of Minneapolis does not provide barricade equipment or an on-site liaison.

 

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After completion of ROWAY application if you require additional assistance contact Philip Schliesman in Regulatory Services. philip.schliesman@minneapolismn.gov

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   click here for Additional Filmmaker Resources for Minneapolis

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Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Contact : Customer Service Department, You must complete the application before calling. 
Phone : 612.230.6400
Fax : 612.230.6513
Email : permits@minneapolisparks.org
Information: The first step and fastest way to get a permit to shoot in a Minneapolis park is to completely fill out and send in a permit application.  Completed applications can be faxed, scanned or e-mailed to the Park Board.  Click here to download the permit application form. Park Board staff cannot respond to permit requests until they have received an application.  Be sure to provide as much information as possible to assist Park Board staff in correctly assessing your fee. 

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City of Minneapolis Parking Ramps
Contact : Tim Blazina
Phone : 612.673.2242
Email : tim.blazina@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
Information: Please send an e-mail outlining your request before calling.  All requests must be in writing. (including the ramp at the Walker Art Center)
 

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City of Minneapolis Traffic Control 
Contact : Scott R. Kramer
Phone : 612.673.2383
Email : scott.kramer@minneapolismn.org
Information: Please note that office hours for this department are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 

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Walker Sculpture Garden - Minneapolis, MN 
Contact : Christopher James, Associate Director, Public Relations
Phone : 612.375.7651
Email : christopher.james@walkerart.org 

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City of St. Paul
Website:  Film it in St. Paul
Information: The "Film it in Saint Paul" website is THE resource for information about filming in the city, including street permits, parks, traffic control and security and Saint Paul location assistance. 

 

Permits for streets and sidewalks:


Public Works Right-of-Way Office

Phone: 651.266.6151

Email: Sabrina.Doren@ci.stpaul.mn.us 

Park Permits:

Division of Parks and Recreation

Phone: 651.632.5111

General:

St. Paul Film Office 

Phone: 651.266.8524

Joe.Spencer@ci.stpaul.mn.us

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Metro Transit
Contact : Drew Kerr
Phone : 612.349.7758
Fax : 612.349.7675
Email : drew.kerr@metrotransit.org
Information: Metro Transit issues permits for shooting on all metro buses, trains, rail station platforms and park and rides.

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Metropolitan Airports Commission
Guidelines:Application: Terms and Conditions for filming at MSP AirportMAC Airport Commission Filming Application
Contact: Deb Piwoschuk
Phone: 612.725.6464
Email : deb.piwoschuk@mspmac.org
Information: A permit from the Airport Director's Office is required for anyone without valid media credentials wishing to conduct commercial photo shoots or filming at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport or on any Metropolitan Airports Commission-owned properties, including the Reliever Airports. Permit applicants also must pay all applicable location, labor and administrative fees and provide required proof of insurance prior to taking photos or filming. Photo shoots or filming in areas leased by airlines, food or retail concessions, or other entities also require approval of the respective leaseholder.

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Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 
Information: To discuss shooting at MOA, contact any member of the Public Relations Department by calling 952.883.8810 and asking for public relations.

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Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Roadways
Contact : Buck Craig, Roadway Regulation Supervisor
Phone : 651.234.7911
Email : buck.craig@state.mn.us        
Information: The Minnesota Department of Transportation issues permits for shooting on state highways and freeways only. Contact local jurisdictions for county and city roads.

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Minnesota State Troopers
Primary Contact : Bruce Gordon, Director Communications, MN Dept. of Public Safety
Phone : 651.201.7171
Email : bruce.gordon@state.mn.us
Website: www.dps.mn.gov
Information: State highway/freeway filming only. State troopers are not required on all shoots. When shooting on county roads or municipal roads, local jurisdictions will handle police.

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Minnesota State Parks
Contact : Kaija Helmetag, Public Information Officer
Phone : 651.259.5582
Email : kaija.helmetag@state.mn.us
Information: Shooting in Minnesota State Parks requires a permit from the individual park. Fees vary according to the complexity of the shoot and the park usage.

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Minnesota State Capitol
Contact : Ann Johnson, State Capitol Facilities Manager
Phone : 651.201.2300
Information: To obtain permission for shooting at the state capitol follow the application instructions posted here.

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Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Construction Codes and Licensing Division
Contact : John I. Williamson, Supervisor Electrical Inspections
Phone : 651.284.5823
Email : john.williamson@state.mn.us
Website : www.dli.mn.gov
Information: Important information regarding electrical licensing, electrical inspections, equipment approval, and the requirements of the National Electrical Code for filmmaking, motion picture production, and similar entertainment projects and events that employ portable generators, vehicle- or trailer-mounted generators, portable electrical power distribution, and all other electrical work as defined in Minnesota statutes.

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Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Lakes and Wildlife Areas
Contact : Scott Pengelly, Assistant Communications Director
Phone : 651.259.5351
Email : scott.pengelly@state.mn.us

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City of Duluth
Parks and Recreation : Terri Castonguay, 218.730.4320
Engineering Services:  218.730.5200 (street closures and meter hoods)
Events or Road Closures: 218.730.5678
Traffic and Parking:  218.730.5420 
   
Website : www.ci.duluth.mn.us
Information: Call the above for shooting in the City of Duluth: street permits, parks, police and Duluth location assistance.

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University of Minnesota
Contact : Philip Kelley, Marketing Manager, University Relations University of Minnesota
Phone : 612.625.8962
Email : pgk@umn.edu
Information: A letter of intent must be received by the Office of University Relations at least seven (7) days before shooting. The letter should include the date, time, and location requested, how many crew members, talent, and vehicles will be on campus and the anticipated length of time; the intended audience for the film or photographs; if the University of Minnesota will be represented and how; and other pertinent information and/or particular requests. A use agreement must be completed by University Relations and the authorized agent at least five (5) days before the planned shoot. Evidence of insurance as described below and in the use agreement shall also be submitted at the same time. Fee: $1000 for a half day of filming and $2500 for a full day + additional site fees.

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