Florida Keys & Key West Film Commission

  • 800-FILM-KEYS (800-345-6539) 305-293-1800 Fax 305-296-0788
  • 1201 White Street, Suite 102, Key West, Florida 33040 rita@filmkeys.com

Permits

Production permits in the Florida Keys & Key West are issued without charge.

If shooting is to occur on private property only, a permit is not required although all production companies are requested to notify the Florida Keys & Key West Film Office regarding their intentions, whether on private or public property.

The film office can facilitate your permitting needs whether with Monroe County, Islamorada, Marathon or Key West. We can provide you with the permit applications and answer your questions.

Both the county and film office require a current insurance certificate indemnifying the appropriate county and/or municipality for a minimum of $1 million. Location fees may apply for use of government buildings and parks.

Permits are not issued with less than 48 hours notice and it is advisable to provide at least a two-week notice. The Florida Department of Transportation asks for a 30-day notice. If the project is a feature film, the permit procedure should begin as soon as a location has been chosen.

For state roads and bridges in the Keys, the Florida Department of Transportation must be contacted and require a 30-day notice, as well as the Monroe County Sheriff's Department and the Florida Highway Patrol. The Key West Police Department should be notified if intentions are to shoot on Key West city streets. As a facet of the permitting process, local officials may require production companies to hire local officers to assist in traffic control.

If production requires shooting in adjacent waters, the Florida Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard need to be advised of the activity. Waters of Monroe County fall within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Permits from FKNMS may be required for certain on-water filming or photography activities; contact FKNMS for information.

The following table lists permit names and numbers. In addition, the Film Commission Office stands by to provide additional support.

AREA CONTACT PHONE
GENERAL
(register all filming activities
with the film commission)
Rita Troxel, Film Liaison
Florida Keys & Key West Film Commission
rita@filmkeys.com
800-FILM-KEYS
305-293-1800
Fax: 305-296-0788
CITY OF KEY WEST
(Includes all areas except private land)
Permits
City Manager's Office
305-809-3888
Fax: 305 809-3886
CITY OF MARATHON Ann Hogan
hogana@ci.marathon.fl.us
305-289-4115
ISLAMORADA VILLAGE OF ISLANDS
(Includes all areas except private land)
Permits
Mary Swaney
mary.swaney@islamorada.fl.us
305-664-6456
Fax: 305-664-9983
MONROE COUNTY
(Key West and Lower Keys)
Chrissy Collins
Collins-Chrissy@monroecounty.FL.Gov
305-295-4385
MONROE COUNTY
(Upper Keys)
Giselle Lopez
Lopez-Giselle@monroecounty.FL.Gov
305-852-7161
MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.
(Special Details)
Cudjoe/Key West - 7 Mile Bridge
Sgt. Suzanne Morgan
305-289-2430
7 Mile Bridge - Long Key
Sgt. Suzanne Morgan
305-289-2430
Long Key - 18 Mile Stretch
Lt. Nancy Alverez
305-853-3211
FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL
(Bridge Filming)
Lt. McKinny 305-289-2386
FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
(Main Contact - Florida Keys Office)
Kristina Selstrom
Permit Coordinator
kselstrom@ica-onramp.com
305-289-4360
FLORIDA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
(Includes state roads and bridges)
Florida Dept. of Transportation
District Six Permits Office
1000 N.W. 111 Avenue
Room 6207
Miami, FL 33172
305-470-5367
U.S. COAST GUARD   305-292-8713
FLORIDA KEYS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
(Waters of Monroe County)
Joanne Delaney
FKNMS Permit Coordinator
joanne.delaney@noaa.gov
978-471-9653
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE
CONSERVATION COMMISSION
  1-800-DIAL-FMP
305-289-2320
NAVAL AIR STATION Public Affairs Office 305-293-2425
FLORIDA STATE PARKS Robert Wilhem  
BAHIA HONDA STATE PARK Eric Kiefer 305-797-5501
FORT ZACHARY TAYLOR   305-292-6850
DRY TORTUGAS/FT. JEFFERSON Linda Roehrig 305-242-7744
PIGEON KEY (MARATHON) Kelly McKinnon 305-743-5999
PENNEKAMP STATE PARK   305-451-1202
LONG KEY STATE REC. AREA   305-664-4815
TURTLE NESTING ON BEACHES
(April - September)
Ralph Capone 305-304-0847


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