Standard Film Permit Application

This is the most common type of permit for film, television, and commercial productions. Productions may list specific State-administered locations at which they intend to film along with proposed dates and times. Most permits should be submitted at least *seven (7) business days prior to the first date of usage (prep/shooting). 

For your convenience, the Standard Film Permit Application may be downloaded from the links below as a fillable PDF or fillable MS Word document. We suggest that you save these forms to your computer, fill them out on your computer, save as a (flattened) PDF, and email them to us for processing.

For more information about ” Location Fees” please view the drop down below or visit our State Jurisdictions page here.

*Please note some locations take longer to process – See below:

Maunakea on Hawaii Island requires 15-30 business days for processing. Approved filming is subject to stringent conditions and a property representative may be required to escort you. Prior to submitting your Standard State Film Permit Application, please contact the Center for Mauna Kea Stewardship. Contact them HERE.

DOFAW – Forestry on Kauai requires 14 business days for processing.

DOT-Airports on Oahu requires 14 business days for processing.

Important Notes

  • Keep in mind that your application is transferred to various State agencies for approval. If your application is not legible, you will be asked to resubmit it.
  • For water filming please indicate the area to be used as: “Waters off of (location).” A certified water safety professional must be hired when there is water activity. See Water Activity requirements here.
  • We can only process Film Permit Applications that list specific locations (other than DLNR Open/Accessible Sites). Locations listed as “TBD” cannot be processed.
  • On the Specific Information Sheet(s), list only the activities related to that specific location.

Application Instructions & Forms

  1. Download and fill out the “GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION” form of our Film Permit Application (below). Be sure to provide all statistical information requested. Use the second page of the General Information section for additional locations that do not fit on the first page. NOTE: this acts as a cover page or a running list of locations for your project. Each time you add a new location, update the General page and send along with the rest of your documents.
  2. Download and fill out one “SPECIFIC INFORMATION SECTION” form for EACH location requested. You must sign each “Specific Information” sheet you submit. Fore each location, please provide easily readable map(s) to expedite the approval process. An aerial map (i.e. a screen shot from this map) is preferred.  Please circle and mark the whole area of intended filming. The map acts as a visual to support all of the described activity on your Specific Information sheet.
  3. Attach a Certificate of Insurance with your permit application. Read the insurance requirements here. 
  4. Send your complete application to the State of Hawaii Film Office via e-mail at: [email protected] .To submit your application, combine the below files into a single PDF in the following order :
  5. Once approved by the proper state agencies, your film permit will be emailed to the contact e-mail address listed on your “General Information Section” form.    A copy of the permit should be with the production at all times while filming on the approved location.  Although hard copies are preferred, digital copies on a phone or tablet are accepted. The contact person listed on the application will be responsible for ensuring that the production abides by the conditions of the permit.
  6. Any Water Activity or Drone Use will require additional supporting materials. Click on the links to review.
  7. Use the “ADDENDUM” form only if you need to make changes to an already approved location on your film permit application. If you want to simply add a new location to your existing permit, please list it under #7 on your “General Information Section” form and resend it together with a “Specific Information Section” form with corresponding map for that new location. Be sure to always submit along with your existing approved permit for reference.

Water Activities

Water Activities require that you submit a complete Standard Permit Application along with the following:

  1. Water safety letter
  2. Water safety person credentials
  3. Vessel registration
  4. Captains’ credentials for any motorized vessel.


  • Locations involving water activity must include abbreviation WO for “Waters off of (location)” EX. WO Waikiki lets us know that you are applying for water activity in Waters off of Waikiki Beach.
  • Vessel name and HA numbers or US Coast Guard Registration number MUST be listed on both the Specifics Page of your application as well as on your Water Safety letter.

Visit Water Activities page here.


Drones are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and require a minimum 14 business day turn around on submitted applications . Please see following link for airspace classification.

When applying for the use of drones, a complete Standard Permit Application must be submitted along with the following:

  1. UAS Application
  2. Drone Flight Plan Map
  3. Drone Operators License
  4. Drone COI

FAA Visualize it website

Visit Drone Activity page here

Location Fees

  • Most State-administered locations are free to use for filming, but there are several exceptions: airports, harbors, and highways under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation are $100/day
  • Small boat harbors, launch ramps, and beaches under the Department of Land and Natural Resources / Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation are $100/day
  • Parks and beaches under the Department of Land and Natural Resources / Division of State Parks have a $100/day+$25/car per day nonrefundable fee; & $.25 /sf for any reserved areas.
  • Locations that fall under the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands are $1,000/day.

Depending on the complexity or sensitivity of the shoot, productions may also be required to have supervisory state personnel present on location during a shoot at $60 per hour (with a 4-hour minimum per day). Use of DLNR’s waterborne vessels for monitoring purposes will be charged a $50 per hour fee (with a 4-hour minimum per day).


Productions must have required insurance in place prior to applying. Depending on the complexity or sensitivity of the shoot, productions may also be required to have supervisory state personnel present on location during a shoot

Please contact us at (808) 586-2570 or [email protected] if you have any questions.