The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and The Office of Film and Video welcome you to The City of New Orleans! We want your film, TV, music video or commercial shoot to run as smoothly as possible.
Your production company and our neighborhoods matter to us. New Orleans’ vivid, historic and culturally rich neighborhoods provide incredible locations and backdrops for the various film activities that choose the city. This guide is to ensure that our neighborhoods, which make New Orleans attractive to the entertainment industry, are protected and your production team has a positive experience. We go above and beyond to strike a balance between a thriving and film friendly production hub and quality of life for our residents. The Office of Film and Video believes open and advance communication is key to this success.
Our long history of film making means the local community understands that film production plays an important role in our economy. The OFV works closely with the community to accommodate productions doing business here in New Orleans.
In order to foster an environment of cooperation, The Mayor’s Office of Film and Video coordinates with the location department of each film. This department is responsible for communicating with the city departments, residents and businesses ensuring the public is aware of “NO PARKING” requests, street closures, special effects and any other production activity.
A copy of these guidelines must be distributed to production personnel, signed and returned. This will allow the OFV to issue a Filming Permit, which is required for all other city permitting.
LEVELS OF FILM IMPACT DEFINTIONS AND PRODUCTION
A. GENERAL FILM ACTIVITY is defined as:
- No discernable interruption of pedestrian traffic
- No interruption of vehicular traffic
- No permitted parking on city streets
- No activity outlined below in B, C, and D.
B. LOW IMPACT FILMING is defined as:
- No discernable interruption of pedestrian traffic
- The administration of intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) in which vehicular traffic is held for no more than two to three minute intervals
- Minimal impact on normal business or residential activities
C. . MEDIUM IMPACT FILMING is defined as:
- The use of simulated gunfire
- The administration of street closures for 1-3 film working days at one
- Film activity conducted over night time hours
D. HIGH IMPACT FILMING is defined as:
- Film activity that exceeds more than five (5) continuous film working days at one location
- High speed car chases or crashes
- Use of pyrotechnics or explosives
- Use of low flying aircraft
- Activity which interrupts pedestrian traffic and/or restricts access to
residential and business activity
- Activity that requires bus and transit re-route planning
**Low, Medium and High Levels of Film Impact require Neighborhood
• Advance notification of your planned activity must be coordinated through fliers/letters in order for residents and businesses to make arrangements in anticipation for film activity.
• These fliers are to be distributed no less than 72 to 48 hours prior to your shoot to each physical address affected by your activity. This is especially important for multi-family residences or businesses with residential property located above. If you are unsure of residential dwellings above a business, please inquire with the business owner.
• Prior to distribution, all productions should send a copy of the notification to firstname.lastname@example.org so that The Mayor’s Office of Film and Video may assist by electronically distributing the fliers to affected neighborhood, merchant and community organizations. Physical posting of the flyers is
the primary responsibility of the production company. As an additional
consideration for our constituents, The Office of Film and Video will
distribute secondary notification electronically.
A sample letter/flyer is available upon request or can be found at
Each notification must be on production letterhead and include the following
1. Name of Production Company
2. Date and Times of Filming
3. Blocks with restricted parking
4. Description of Filming Activities including specifics regarding lights, noise
or special effects
5. Local Production Office Contact number
6. Contact information for Film Office and location manager
PLEASE NOTE: After the City Hall Production Meeting, the OFV may require
additional meetings, consideration and/or outreach. Should an additional meeting
be deemed necessary, this meeting should take place within a reasonable period
of time in advance of shooting dates for the location in question. Additional meetings, consideration and/or outreach ensure resident concerns about potential high impact activity can be addressed by the production.
FILMING IN NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOODS:
Only essential equipment and working vehicles can be parked on location. All
other vehicles including crew and extra vehicles (unless picture cars) should be
parked off site in a base camp.
Production vehicles must obey all parking restriction laws in accordance
with (M.C. Sec 154-923) as to not impede safe lines of vision at intersections
and to maintain a fire lane for emergency personnel and vehicles. This
includes the blocking fire hydrants, driveways, or other access ramps unless
authorized by the property owner. Please see the Parking Restrictions
Special effects that may cause concern (sirens, stunts, gunshots,
speeding cars, or other loud noises) must be cleared in advance with the
Office of Film and Video, NOPD, NOFD, and other pertinent city agencies
and must be included on the notification flyer to residents and businesses.
During the Shoot…
The Office of Film and Video expects the production to find speedy
resolution with reasonable neighborhood complaints. If necessary, the OFV will
Location departments and Parking PAs should be sensitive to
neighborhood needs while holding parking in advance. Please be mindful of
shop entrance and driveways. (It is important to be “good neighbors”). Remind
crews to speak courteously to the public and remember your set may be
someone’s home, or neighborhood. Do your best to ensure that future
productions are welcomed back.
After the Shoot…
Clean up. Conduct a thorough sweep of the area to ensure that nothing is left
behind, including equipment, garbage, all resident letters, parking signs and
location directional signs that your production posted.
SECURING CITY STREET PERMITS:
All street and lane closures must be permitted by the Department of Traffic
Engineering within The Department of Public Works (DPW). A filming permit and
coordination with the Film office is required before closure/parking applications
will be approved by the DPW.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) must administer all Intermittent
Traffic Control (ITC) and street closures. Vehicular traffic should never be
controlled by Production Assistants (PA) or other crew members. Directives for
this activity are determined during the City Hall Production Meeting.
ITC and street closures are not granted during the morning and evening “rush”
hours (7am – 9am/4pm – 6pm) or during schools opening and closing on streets
that experience traffic congestion during those times. Exceptions may be
requested in advance with the DPW and OFV and considered on a case by case
All permits must be obtained in sufficient time to allow for a required 24 hours
advance posting of “NO PARKING” signs before any company vehicles can be
parked on city streets. Should you not have a 24-hour prior posting period,
vehicles MUST park in existing available parking. All parking must meet the legal
parking requirements of the City of New Orleans noted in the parking restrictions
Posting and timely removal of “NO PARKING” signs is the
responsibility of the production company. Signs may be purchased from
Traffic Engineering and DPW directly or from a private company.
All “NO PARKING” signs must indicate the date and hours included
in the parking restrictions. Signs must identify the production company
and have a contact phone number. (This is to ensure visitors to a
neighborhood can locate vehicles that may be towed.)
The City’s Traffic Engineering must review all requests for the closure of a street
in advance. The closure must adhere to Traffic Engineering’s request for
appropriate signage and detour plan to ensure the safety of the public and your
A fire lane must be maintained (13.5 feet) at all times for the movement of
emergency vehicles unless previously cleared with the New Orleans Fire
Department and by Traffic Engineering in conjunction with a street closure.
**Conditions may be attached to a film permit to ensure minimal danger to the
health and safety of persons, undue disruption to neighboring residents and/or
businesses and traffic congestion.
An Important note about Rain Cover Sets:
In the event of rain on a scheduled exterior shoot, cover sets must meet the
above guidelines and will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. In particular,
should you not have a 24-hour prior posting period, vehicles MUST park in
existing available parking. All parking must meet the legal parking requirements
of the City of New Orleans as noted in the Parking Restrictions section below.
REVOCATION OF FILM PERMIT:
The filming permit may be revoked and filming may be suspended. Grounds for revocation include: (1) where there has been purposeful misrepresentation in the permit application with respect to the nature or location of the film activity, (2)
violation of the film permit conditions of approval as defined in the application and/or through additional meetings with neighborhood groups, the OFV ect.
Fines may be levied by Parking Enforcement personnel for failure to comply with the parking restrictions section as laid out below by M.C. Sec. 154-923.
Please review the following information regarding general parking restrictions for the City of New Orleans. The restrictions listed below are to be followed and enforced in ALL circumstances regardless of any general parking permits that may be issued to a production. Many of these restrictions are in place to ensure emergency vehicle access and safe driving conditions. PLEASE help ensure filmmaking in New Orleans is a positive experience for all.
PLACES WHERE STOPPING OR PARKING IS PROHIBITED (NO SIGNS WILL
BE POSTED). (M.C. Sec. 154-923). There is “NO PARKING” allowed:
(1) Within FIFTEEN FEET* of a FIRE HYDRANT
(2) Within TWENTY FEET* of an INTERSECTION**
(3) Within TWENTY FEET* upon the approach to any STOP SIGN,
flashing beacon, yield sign or traffic control signal located at the
side of a roadway**
(4) Within TWENTY FEET* of the entrance to a fire station
(5) On a sidewalk
(6) Within THREE FEET* of a public or private driveway, wheelchair
ramp or bicycle ramp
(7) Within an intersection
(8) On a crosswalk
(9) Within FIFTY FEET* of a railroad crossing
(10) Alongside or opposite any street excavation when stopping,
standing or parking would block traffic
(11) Alongside a neutral ground curb.
(12) Any place where parking will block a traffic control device
* Please note: Distance should be calculated to include any truck gates or trailers.
**(2)(3) Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis with the OFV.
NOPD Officers must be onsite to direct traffic.
PARKING IS ALSO PROHIBITIED WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT FROM
THE GOVERNING AGENCY IN:
(1) Freight Zones (Traffic Engineering)
(2) Cab Stands (Taxi Cab Bureau)
(3) Regional Transit Authority stops (NORTA)
(4) Hotel Passenger Zones (Hotel Management)
(5) Traffic Lanes (without street closure permit and appropriate detour
plan) (Traffic Engineering)
*No Permits will be given for designated HANDICAPPED PARKING No
vehicle may stop or park in a signed parking space for persons with disabilities except a vehicle with a handicapped license plate or disabled veterans license plate. (M.C.Sec. 154-874).
NOTE: NO PARKING IN ENFORCEMENT ZONES. No vehicle may stop or park in this zone without being identified as belonging in this zone. (M.C. Sec. 154-876). Exceptions are considered on a case by case basis.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance in according with this guide in the interest of all concerned. We look forward to assisting to make your production experience a successful one with the hope that you will continue to choose our area for future filming activity. Adhering to these guidelines accumulates community goodwill and benefits all filmmakers, allowing us to make this city available to you and to all productions in the coming years.
Please Sign your acknowledgement of these Traffic Engineering Guidelines and consent below and return a copy to Traffic Engineering and to the Mayor’s Office of Film and Video:
NOTE: Traffic Enforcement Personnel will make visits to ensure compliance with above guidelines.