Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Filming in Kansas City

The Kansas City Film Office receives a high volume of requests for information and assistance. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and resources. If you have a question that is not covered in this section or answered elsewhere on the website, please feel free to contact the office with your question. We do our best to answer inquiries within 48 business hours.

“Where are permits for filming required?”

There are no permits issued by KC Film Office or the City of Kansas City to film in KC.

Tips for Filming in KC (Updated July 2017)

You will need filming permission permits for the following:

  • KCMO Parks, Parkways and Fountains
  • City Market District
    • Link to download form
    • Contact Sue Patterson: 816-842-1271, spatterson@thecitymarket.org
  • Country Club Plaza
    • Contact for Jan Cichello
  • Power and Light District
    • Link to download form
    • Contact for Rachel Waller
  • KC Streetcar
  • Jackson County Parks
    • Contact Angie Jeffries: 816-503-4800, AJeffries@Jacksongov.org
  • City of Mission Hills, KS
    • Contact Courtney Christiansen: 913-362-9620, cchristiansen@missionhillsks.gov
  • Johnson County Parks
    • Contact Linda Johnson: 913-826-3438, Linda.Johnson@jocogov.org
“Who do I contact if I want to film on the Country Club Plaza?”

You need to contact Jan Cichello with Taubman Properties to gain permission to film at the Country Club Plaza.

  • jcichello@taubman.com
  • 816-753-0100
“Is having a permit to film the same as location permission?”

They are two different things. For example, you will need a filming permit from Power & Light to film in that district and you will also need a specific restaurant/business’s permission to film in their business. There is no Permit to Film for the City of Kansas City when filming in the city’s Power & Light District.

 

 

“What’s the weather like in Kansas City?”

Early spring brings a period of frequent and rapid fluctuations in weather, with the last frost generally occurring in early April. The summer season is characterized by warm days and mild nights. The fall season is normally mild with a period known as “Indian Summer,” characterized by mild, sunny days and cool nights. The first freeze usually occurs in late October. Winters are not severely cold. Snowfalls of ten inches or more at one time are comparatively rare.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:

 

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION:

“How do I know if I need a street or traffic permit?”

Kansas City, Missouri

The KCMO Traffic Control Permits for filming in KCMO are required when you work within a right-of-way (a sidewalk closure, street closure, partial or full lane closure) or any activities that impact public use of the streets and right-of-way. It is also used for production vehicle parking permits (unless you have secured parking on private property).

Instructions and Application for KCMO Permits

Kansas City, Kansas

For City of Kansas City, Kansas street closures and traffic permits visit Kansas City, KS Permit Application

Contact Cassandra Taylor 913.573.5400 for questions or information.

Other Municipalities in the KC Metro Area

To request information on other municipalities contact film@visitkc.com

“What are area resources for third party traffic control planning?”

We recommend visiting the following websites for more information:

 

 

 

“When do I need to contact the Kansas City Missouri Police Department (KCPD)?”

We recommend contacting KCPD Media Relations to make them aware of your presence filming unless you are solely filming on private property. If you have ANY prop weapons, you MUST contact KCPD.

“I know I want to film in specific neighborhood. What’s next?”

We encourage you to honor the beautiful and authentic neighborhoods and areas you film in in the Greater Kansas City area. You’ll need to use the neighborhood notification form AND notify the neighborhood association you are filming in. Please email a copy of the neighborhood notification to the film office.

Your flier/letter must have the following information:

  • Production Identification (name or alias)
  • Accurate dates and times of filming
  • Blocks affected by the filming
  • Description of filming (include specifics – noise, lights, special effects, etc.)
  • Contact information for local production contact
  • Contact information for KC Film Office

Prior to distribution send a copy of your flier/letter to the KC Film Office.

Note: Additional meetings, consideration and/or outreach may be required for high-impact activity.

“How should I proceed when scouting locations?”

Residents and businesses are generally open to scouting when they understand that you are doing a job. We highly encourage scouts and location managers to notify the municipality’s police department of your activity as a “heads up”. It may be effective to contact the film office and request a letter of endorsement for scouting. We require that location scouts work with safety in mind – notifying the authorities to their presence, notifying business associations/neighborhood associations (KCMO Homes Assc.) and staying in communication with KC Film Office. Locations require proof of insurance.

Tips for Film in KC Quick Sheet

NEIGHBORHOOD/BUSINESS NOTICE OF FILMING

We encourage you to honor the beautiful and authentic neighborhoods and areas you film in in the Greater Kansas City area. Here is a downloadable example template for Neighborhood/Business Notification.

Your flier/letter must have the following information:

  • Production Identification (name or alias)
  • Accurate dates and times of filming
  • Blocks affected by the filming
  • Description of filming (include specifics – noise, lights, special effects, etc.)
  • Contact information for local production contact
  • Contact information for KC Film Office

 

Prior to distribution send a copy of your flier/letter to Steph Scupham at the film office – sscupham@visitkc.com.

Note: Additional meetings, consideration and/or outreach may be required for high-impact activity.

“Are film permits required in the state of Missouri?”

There is no state permit to film nor are there permits to film in most Missouri cities. Most city, county and state-owned facilities and equipment may be borrowed or occasionally rented. Permits for filming in national parks, forests, recreational areas and monuments are generally required. Public and privately owned locations will require permission and usually proof of insurance. Advance communication with the Kansas City Film Office is recommended to prevent time consuming delays and unnecessary expenses.

“Are there permits required in the state of Kansas?”

There are no state filming permits; however individual cities and/or counties may require permits for filming. Please contact the KC Film Office or the Kansas Arts Industries Commission for more information (785) 296-4927.

“Who do I contact if I have an emergency?”

For general emergencies:

  • 911
  • KCMO Police – 816-234-5070
  • KCMO Fire Department – 816-784-9200
  • KCK Police – 913-596-3000
  • KCK Fire Department – 913-573-5550

For emergency roadside assistance:

  • *55 on your cell for Missouri Hwy Patrol
  • *47 on your cell for Kansas Hwy Patrol
  • *KTA (582) while on the Kansas Turnpike

For fire prevention:

  • Kansas City Fire Department, kcmo.gov/fire
  • Fire Prevention Unit Contact M-F 816-784-9100

For road or weather conditions:

 

“Who can I contact for transportation services?”

Airports:

Airport shuttles:

Cabs/Taxis:

Limo/Car/Transportation:

  • Kansas City Transportation Group – 816.471.1234
  • Leader Limo/Chauffer – 816.753.5323
  • Overland Chauffeured Services – 913.381.3504
  • Executive Limousines  – 816.801-8500

Rentals:

“What are Kansas City’s labor laws?”

Kansas City is a bi-state city. Make sure you know if you are filming in Missouri or Kansas for the proper labor law rules and regulations.

Child Labor Laws

Wage & Hour Laws

Insurance Regulations

Unemployment Insurance

Union Talent

  • SAG-AFTRA, Missouri Valley Local covers Kansas and Missouri
  • Contacts Maureen O’Brien Maureen.obrien@sagaftra.org, JD Miller John.Miller@sagaftra.org

Union Labor

Missouri passed right-to-work legislation in 2017.

Some unions are represented in Missouri and should be contacted if you are seeking production services involving the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Pictures Technicians, Artist and Allied Crafts of the US and Canada.

IASTE Contact

  • Gordon Hayman, Business Rep. Local 493 Studio Mechanics
  • 314-621-4930, IATSE493@gmail.com

Teamsters Contact

  • Rich Piglowski, Teamsters Local 610
  • 314-209-0018 or 314-209-0042, rich@local610.org

 

“Is there a guide for all of the Greater Kansas City municipalities?”

Yes. Please register your production to request a copy of the Greater KC Municipalities Guide.

“Where do I get a food/service license if I’m a caterer for a production?”

Environmental Health (food service licensing/permits): JacksonGov.Org/EH

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