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Insight Denton: Do I have to get a city permit for my film-making project?

Technically, yes. The city government has had an ordinance in place requiring filmmakers to get a permit, which is free, since 1994. 

The permit asks filmmakers about their general plans, including those that could affect public safety — whether a street needs to be closed or pyrotechnics will be used, for example. 

The ordinance doesn't require people making home movies to secure a permit. Casual filmmakers can often be seen around town, particularly on the downtown Square. Julie Glover, the city's downtown development coordinator, said the city hasn't been a stickler about permits for the casual filmmaker, either, but they would like to know more. 

City officials plan to seek a "film-friendly" designation for Denton and permits could help them gather more data about how much film-making is going on, Glover said. 

The Texas Film Commission, part of the Texas Governor's Office, has granted the film-friendly community designation since 2007. About 100 Texas cities have the designation, including nearby Sanger, Frisco and Roanoke. They are part of a statewide hub of information that movie-makers can use to easily search possible location shoots. 

For more information, visit both the city's website and the governor's.   

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