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    Filming or taking pictures within the City? 


    The City of Grand Rapids Office of Special Events works with productions to make the filming process as easy and as straightforward as possible.  We are a one-stop shop for all your logistical production needs throughout the City, including permits, public locations and police assistance. We work closely with the State of Michigan Film Office, the West Michigan Tourist Association, the Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the private sector to provide premier customer service in the city. From getting equipment to reserving hotel rooms, we can help point you in the right direction.

    Want to film your next project in a public space? Submit your Film & Photography Application and we'll guide you through the process.


    If you opted to complete the pdf version -

    • You may scan & e-mail your application to
    • You may physically drop off your application to 201 Market Ave SW - 2nd floor
    • You may mail in your application to 201 Market Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    *A non-refundable, non-transferable application fee is due at the time of submittal. 


    Please refer to the Planning & Resource Guide under the "Resources" tab for examples, templates, explanations, etc.