The APA has been serving industry professionals in Arizona and others coming to our great state to film since its inception in 1986. During that time, we have found other resources in addition to our own online production guide that are useful in making your project successful. On this page, you will find a list of local film offices, information on permitting, and links to other information to assist you with your shoot, from pre-production through post.
And during the current health crisis, we're also posting info on resources available that may help you and your business, even if you're an independent contractor: COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS OUTREACH
Here's a link to the safety guidelines published by industry unions, titled "The Safe Way Forward."
ARIZONA OFFICE OF FILM & Matthew Earl Jones, Director
FLAGSTAFF FILM OFFICEMeg Roederer
211 W. Aspen Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5399
928-213-2924 / FAX (928) 556-1305
Toll Free 800-217-2367, ext. 2924
Web Site: http://www.flagstaffarizona.org/film
PRESCOTT FILM OFFICE
Wendy Bridges, Film Commissioner
201 S. Cortez St.
Prescott, AZ 86303
928-777-1204 / Toll Free 866-878-CITY
Web Site: http://www.cityofprescott.net
Mark Flint, President
Program Manager - Edsel Pete
Permits are required from the controlling government authority on the following lands: National Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas; Bureau of Land Management (BLM) controlled lands; state and federal highways; state-owned lands regardless of grazing or other leases; Arizona State Government Buildings & Facilities; Arizona State Parks; Indian Lands in Arizona. In some cases, multi-jurisdictional approvals are needed. Permits from both state and federal jurisdictions are often required for state highways through federal lands, which in particular instances also involve tribal governments and/or private lands.
Minimum fee permits are required to shoot on Arizona State Trust Lands and in State Parks. Some cities including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Page, Prescott, and Yuma require permits for filming, as do Maricopa and Pima Counties. All federal, state and community permits require producers to provide an original certificate of insurance, with a minimum liability amount of $1 million, naming the permitting agency and its employees as additionally insured and held harmless. All Indian Reservations and their respective tribal governments require permits for filming on Indian Lands. In some cases, individual city film offices will assist you in obtaining permits. Arizona cities and towns that do not have a designated "film office" often use their local chamber of commerce or conventions and visitors bureau.