The beautiful and historical city of Birmingham in Michigan is making it very appealing for film and television crews to work in their city. They want to make it as easy as possible and they want to be considered film friendly.
They have a big, impressive, web page dedicated to providing links and valuable information for potential film makers. They have adopted a “film friendly” process that enables permits to be obtained in 4 -7 business days and they have appointed a film Liaison to help guide you through the process.
They also have a list of fees and it’s not as expensive as I thought it would be but there appears to be a fee for just about everything. The per day fee is really only for a 12 hour period because the fee schedule states that there is a $75.00 fee for operating before or after the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm so night scenes will cost extra. All fees are non-refundable and there is a $500.00 security fee required. The fees are more expensive for city or public property than for private property but either way the city of Birmingham is going to make some money. Not all fees were clear, the parking fees varied and so did monitoring fees if there is a need for police and fire personnel to be present.
I am sure the city of Birmingham is hoping that the speedy permits, applications and approval process will help bring film makers to the city because this will help bring people, with money, to the city and that could be a good thing for everyone.