Do I need permission for filming in Copenhagen?

You need permission for film shooting in Copenhagen. The permission is free of charge.

Film productions are welcome in Copenhagen. You just need to get permission before the shooting starts and to be aware of a few guidelines.

You apply for permission for filming with the City of Copenhagen department called Byliv and also for permission from the police if a shooting requires stopping of traffic.

If a film shooting requires stopping of traffic, even briefly, you need a permission from the police before the City of Copenhagen can give you permission. Therefore, you have to send in an adequate description of the shooting with your application.

There are special rules for filming on private roads and on the cemeteries of the municipality. Contact us at for further information.

You are always welcome to contact us to discuss you wishes and requirement before a film shooting.

We recommend that you contact a Danish location manager for help about local conditions. Minor productions do not require a permit.

Apply for permission for filming in Copenhagen


Contact Byliv on e-mail

What you need to send with your application

  • The application
  • An adequate description of the shoot
  • The permit from the police, if you need it.
  • Accept from the residents if the shoot is on a private road.