Film Permit Application
Mahalo for your patience throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic recovery process.
We hope to open our Film Industry statewide soon. We have been working closely with our State agencies to determine which agencies are able to begin accepting film permit applications for State locations in the near future. The outlook is quite bright as DLNR (State Parks, Boating, Land Management, and Forestry), DOT (Airports, Highways and Harbors), DAGS (State buildings and parking meters), and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands have all confirmed their eagerness to get the ball rolling again on film permits with the Hawaiʻi Film Office. The state Department of Defense and Judiciary have indicated they continue to struggle with bandwidth and therefore do not foresee accepting applications in the near future.
With that being said, the majority of our agencies have the ability to begin again. Once we receive the Governor’s approval to safely re-open filming across all islands and all counties, we will be able to let industry know. As you all well know, the Film industry is poised to play a key role in the State of Hawai’i’s economic recovery.
Standard Film Permit: 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. Permits must be submitted five (5) working days prior to the first date of usage (prep/shooting). 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
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 nonrefundable fee; and 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).
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, print them, and fax them to us for processing.
- 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.
- Download and fill out one “SPECIFIC INFORMATION SECTION” form for EACH location requested. You must sign each “Specific Information” sheet you submit. 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.
- Attach a Certificate of Insurance with your permit application. Click here for the requirements.
- Send your entire application (“General Information Section” form, signed “Specific Information Section” form[s] with corresponding map[s], plus Certificate of Insurance) to the State of Hawaii Film Office via e-mail at [email protected] or via fax at (808) 586-2572.
- 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.
- 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.
STANDARD FILM PERMIT APPLICATION:
(Fillable, not saveable, but check out Adobe Reader for Mobile)
(Fillable/Saveable. Will not open in Chrome)
- Keep in mind that your application is faxed back and forth to various State agencies for approval. Readability becomes a problem if the original is not legible. A form filled out on your computer is definitely preferred. 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. Please contact us for more information before submitting your application if your intended filming involves water activity.
- 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.
Please contact us at (808) 586-2570 or [email protected] if you have any questions.