There is no central authority which issues filming permits at the national level in the Czech Republic. Film permits are issued by municipal authorities and other local administrative bodies. Fees, deadlines and other requirements vary, depending on the location. Filmmakers shooting on private property must also deal directly with the property owners.
Prague is the top film and tourist destination in the Czech Republic. The capital city is divided into numbered administrative districts, with Prague 1, Prague 2 and Prague 3 being the most central. You will need a permit from each district in which you plan to shoot.
The historical center of the city, located in Prague 1, is the area most visited by filmmakers and by tourists. To shoot in Prague 1, you must submit the application in Czech, via mail or in person at the town hall of the Prague 1 district. The application must include, among others, a map of the filming location.
Most productions will also need a permit from Prague’s road and street authority, Technická správa komunikací (TSK). Some locations in Prague — such as Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and all parks in the city — are subject to special conditions and fees.
Filming with drones
Commercial operation of an unmanned aircraft (drone) is regulated; the owner of the drone needs permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. Filming with a drone not registered in the Czech Republic is possible, but it is quite a time-consuming process, lasting many months. Foreign filmmakers are therefore recommended to use already registered Czech operators. There are many established companies in the Czech Republic that specialize in shooting footage using drones and which have experience on small and large international productions alike.
It is necessary to take into account several basic restrictions when shooting with drones, among them that they can be flown at a maximum height of 300 meters above ground and that they are banned from flying over people and private properties without first obtaining consent. Drones can not be operated in the vicinity of airports or busy traffic junctions.
To fly over densely populated areas (towns and villages) the drone operater must receive special authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority. Proceedings for drone operators who are already registered take up to 30 days, but usually less than 10, and the condition is the consent of landowners to to the take-off, overflight and landing of the drone on their property, as well as the consent of those it will fly over and all other persons concerned. It is also necessary to prevent access to others to the area where the unmanned aircraft is operating.
The Czech Film Commission does not issue filming permits but we can provide further information about your chosen locations and the relevant authorities. If you’re looking for production managers or other film professionals for your shoot, please contact us or see our industry directory.