State Film Permits

Determining your permits needs will depend on what location(s) you are planning on filming. Our office permits for State lands and we have two types of permits:

Open and Accessible ePermit

You can easily apply online:

O/A ePermit is $10 and covers a list of locations for a two-week period.

View the list of O/A sites →

If you are filming on State lands, and the location does not fall under the O/A ePermit list, then it will require a Standard film permit.

Standard Film Permit

This permit requires comprehensive insurance and a more detailed application process through the Hawaii Film Office or possibly other agencies:

The fee for these permits can vary ($100+).

A completed application must be submitted no later than 5 working business days PRIOR to the first shoot date.

Permit Basics

Drones

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

FAA Visualize it website

Visit Drone Activity page here

Water Activities

Water Activities require a water safety letter, water safety person credentials, vessel registration and captains’ credentials for any motorized vessel.

Visit Water Activities page here.

Insurance

It is required that every production have a Certificate of Insurance (COI). The Standard Film Permit and the O&A ePermit have different requirements. Be sure you obtain the correct COI for the type of permit application you are applying for.

View COI state requirements here

Honolulu City and County Land / Jurisdiction

We do not permit for these locations. See the Honolulu City & County Film Office for more information:
http://www.filmhonolulu.com/locations.asp

Contact: (808) 768-6108, [email protected]

Federal Lands or Other Agencies

We do not permit for these locations:

National Parks: https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

Private Property

You need to obtain permission and work with the property owners, those fees are determined at the owner’s discretion.

To help you determine jurisdiction, please look at the links below.