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Licenses, Permits & Contracts

Request Ground Filming Permit

  • Last Updated 25 Apr, 2021
  • Service Type : E-Service
  • Service Mode : Online
  • Service Provider : Ministry of Culture and Sports
  • Service Classification : G2C, G2B
  • Topic : Business and Finance, Communications and IT, Culture, Arts and Media, Visas and Official Documents
Intended Audience
Citizen:Business Owner

Description

This service allows Qatari companies and individuals to submit an online request on the e-services portal of the Ministry of Culture and Sports (MCS), to obtain Ground Filming License, which is a license that falls under TV and Movie Filming Licenses. The license is limited to a period of one week to 6 months and is renewable, and this license is granted to each of the following entities:

  • Production companies filming programs and documentaries
  • Production companies dealing with overseas companies
  • Research institutes for producing and filming non-profit documentaries

Online Instructions

  • Click on “Publications and Artistic Works Services” under “E-Services” available on the homepage of MCS website.
  • Click on the link of Publications and Artistic Works Services, and then on the service Request TV and Movie Filming License.
  • Click on Login to the Service, to sign in to your personal account on the National Authentication System.
  • Fill out the required information according to the set procedures in the online application form of the service Ground Filming Permit, which requires the following steps:
    • Filling the request details (request type – filming method – filming range).  
    • Filling the applicant’s information, the type of agency in charge of the filming, and upload a photo of the applicant’s QID.
    • Filling the required data about the company applying to obtain a license and attach the following documents:
      • Valid media production license
      • Letter addressed to the Director of Publications and Artistic Works Department
      • Copy of the commercial register of the company
      • Copy of company’s establishment card
      • Letter of assignment to the media production company
    • Uploading any additional attachments in the general attachments section and add any other comments (if found).
    • Clicking on agree to abide by the terms and conditions.
    • Filling the ground filming times which include the following:
      • Enter the start date of filming (It has to be after 15 days from application date, bearing in mind the official holidays).
      • Enter the end date of filming (filming shouldn’t exceed one month maximum).
      • Attach a schedule of the filming times and dates. 
    • Filling the required filming areas and add the approval of MOTC in case there are live broadcast devices.
    • Filling the information of the filming crew and attach copies of their QIDs or passports. 
  • Submit your request.

Additional Information

  • All attachment should be in pdf format. 
  • The following points need to be considered for applying: 
    • Individuals can apply as long as they are Qataris.
    • Companies or whoever represents them from authorized signatories can apply (provided that the company holds a valid media production license).
    • Government entities or whoever represents them from authorized signatories can apply (provided that the company holds a valid media production license).
    • Institutions or whoever represents them from authorized signatories can apply (provided that the company holds a valid media production license).
    • Hotels or whoever represents them from authorized signatories can apply (provided that the company holds a valid media production license).
  • Application for ground filming must be submitted 15 days prior to the scheduled filming.
  • After sending the request directly to the concerned department, a message shows up on the system confirming the success of the submission process, which includes the request number.
  • In case the request details are not complete, an SMS and email get delivered to the applicant’s mobile and email address, clarifying the reason of reversion.
  • In case the request gets rejected, an SMS and email get delivered to the applicant’s mobile and email address, clarifying the reason of rejection.
  • In case of ground filming permit extension’s request, it must be submitted 15 days prior to the expiration of the first request.
  • Live broadcast equipment cannot be permitted without prior approval from the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
  • For more details, please check the user guide of Request TV and Movie Filming License service.

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