Birmingham shortens permit approval process to attract filmmakers to the city

Birmingham has made it a little easier for would-be productions coming to town by speeding up the permit approval process.


On Jan. 5, the City Commission took the first step toward attracting
more production companies to the city by adopting new regulations for
production filming, including a four- to seven-day permit approval

“One of the things that we heard loud and
clear from pretty much every single area we researched was that the
film industry works on a very quick turnaround. While we’re not
interested in a two-hour approval process, where we don’t get to check
it out with all the city departments to avoid any potential problems,
we do want to have a quick turnaround,” Planning Director Jana Ecker

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