Filming in Rochester

Rochester Area Film Office
For questions regarding filming in Rochester, please contact Economic Community Development Director and Deputy City Manager Nik Banda, at 248-651-9061.

The Rochester area is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the United States, and we think it’s one of the best places to photograph or shoot a film or video. The area's many beautiful neighborhoods, traditional downtown and lifestyle center, cultural amenities, and more than 1,000 acres of parkland provide a variety of visual backdrops for filming. Additionally, many automotive research and development facilities and high-tech companies are located in the community that also provide unique visual opportunities.

Our community is film friendly, with a one-stop process facilitated by our shared Rochester Area Film Office and resulting in expedited plan reviews. All required film permits are reviewed within five business days. Additional requirements may include fire or safety permits, a parking plan, and indemnification to assure that public safety is protected. Our film liaison will guide you step-by-step.

Law enforcement and fire services are provided by Rochester Hills, Rochester, and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, and all have the capacity and flexibility to provide any and all necessary safety services required for filming locations. We all share a commitment to provide the best environment possible for filming productions.

Get a Film Permit
The City charges a fee of $25.00 for a film permit.  Please make your check payable to the City of Rochester.

The City of Rochester requires a film permit whether filming, video taping, or photographing on private property, city property or other public property, or filming within the city right-of-way.  The film office shall require the production company to have a copy of the permit on site at all times.

The City of Rochester requires certain insurance policies for all businesses requesting a film permit. Our film liaison will determine what other forms will be required for your shoot and may include, but not be limited to, a certificate of insurance, fire permit, indemnity and hold harmless agreement, location release form, parking plan, and street closure plan.

To learn more about filming in the City of Rochester you may contact our Film Liason Nik Banda or visit the Rochester Area Film Office Website.