Coordination Service for Filming Permit Application


Objectives

According to Regulations for Issuing Administrative License for Certain Economic Activities– Decree-Law No. 47/98/M dated on 26 October, 1998 which is revised by the Law No. 10/2003 dated on 28 July, 2003, when producing or directing any cinematograph film, documentary film or advertisement that is 1) about Macao, or uses Macao as background, or 2) requires scenes to be shot on public streets, and/or employs explosives, special effects or firearms, applicants must apply to the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government for permission to film in Macao at least twenty days in advance of the intended filming date. Permit(s) should also be obtained from relevant public service(s) should the production be involved other public services.

To simplify the application procedure, in which applicants may need to apply to multiple public services during the filming, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao SAR Government, in cooperation with 9 public services, now provides a ‘Coordination Service for Filming Permit Application’. Public services included in the ‘Coordination Service for Filming Permit Application’ network are: Macao Government Tourism Office, the Sports Bureau, the Customs Service, the Corps of Firefighters, the Public Security Police Force, the Judiciary Police, the Transport Bureau, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Marine and Water Bureau and the Cultural Affairs Bureau. The Cultural Affairs Bureau shall serve as the public service receiving applications and providing inquiry service, while the ten participating public services in the network shall serve as the public services replying to the applications.

Public Service to receive applications
Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao SAR Government

Public Service(s) to reply to applications
Macao Government Tourism Office
Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Customs Service of Macao SAR Government
Corps of Firefighters of Macao SAR Government
Public Security Police Force of Macao SAR Government
Judiciary Police of Macao SAR Government
Transport Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Civil Aviation Authority of Macao SAR Government
Marine and Water Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao SAR Government (also be the public service to receive applications)

 

Service Scope

  1. Enquiry Services (handled by IC)
    IC provides basic consultation service. Applicants can make enquiry via email/fax/telephone/in person. IC will also provide contact information of all public services participating in the ‘Coordination Service for Filming Permit Application’ network to applicants.
     
  2. Receiving Application and Documents Referral (handled by IC)
    If the application involves other public services in the Coordination Service network, IC will receive the application documents as a single window and refer the documents to the corresponding public services for applying the filming permit, which include: Macao Government Tourism Office, Sports Bureau, Customs Service, Corps of Firefighters, Public Security Police Force, Judiciary Police, Transport Bureau, Civil Aviation Authority, Marine and Water Bureau.

    In case other public service(s) (e.g. IACM) or private institution(s) are involved, applications are required to be submitted to the department/unit concerned by the applicants.
     
  3. Responses to the Filming Permit Application (handled by the public services participating in this service)
    After IC refers related materials to the corresponding public services, each public service shall make individual responses to the applicant (The requirements for approval, application and reply timeline are subject to the regulation in force).
     
  4. Enquiry about the Application Status (IC)
    Applicants can check with their application status (only applications involved in this Coordination Service) through this website managed by IC.

Procedures

Application Guidelines

 

Type

Details

Approved by

Applications Handled by IC

Permit application

  • Filming permit

IC

Applications Referred by IC to the Public Services in This Coordination Service Network

  • Flying activities to be conducted in the aerial domain
  • Activities involving cold fireworks display and laser lighting display in the aerial domain

Civil Aviation Authority

  • Applying for a temporary traffic alteration permit

Transport Bureau

  • Film shooting in the sea areas of Macao

Customs Service, Marine and Water Bureau

  • Activities that employ prop blank-firing or replica guns, bullets or explosives

Public Security Police Force

Rental of venue or scope for filming

  • Rental of venue and space governed by the public services

Public services included in this Coordination Service network

Support service provided

  • Crowd or traffic management for activities involving limiting traffic

Public Security Police Force, Transport Bureau

  • On-site firefighter

Corps of Firefighters

  • Police support services at sea

Customs Service

Applications Beyond the Service Scope of this Coordination Service

Application of venue for filming

  • Filming in public area

IACM

  • Filming in the venue and space of public services not included in this Coordination Service Network

Venue and space governed by public services concerned

  • Filming in private institution

Private Institution

Application of employment of non-resident workers

  • Application involving employment of non-resident workers

Labour Affairs Bureau

Item for Approval: Filming Permit

Law:
According to Regulations for Issuing Administrative License for Certain Economic Activities–Decree-Law No. 47/98/M dated on 26 October, 1998 which is revised by the Law No. 10/2003 dated on 28 July, 2003, when producing or directing any cinematograph film, documentary film or advertisement, applicant must apply to the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government for permission to film in Macao at least twenty days in advance of the intended filming date.

  • Films that are about Macao or use Macao as background;
  • Films that require scenes to be shot on public streets, and/or employ explosives, firearms, or special effects;
  • The following types of films can be exempted from the requirement to obtain a permit:
    - Films directed and produced by public departments or organizations;
    - Filming of news programs for the purpose of media broadcast.

 

 

Application Method

 


Name of the Service:

Approval of producing and directing fictional films, documentary films, advertisements and others in Macao

Contents of the Service:

Any institution or individual requires to produce and direct fictional films, documentary films, advertisements and others in Macao must apply to the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao SAR Government for filming permit.

Executive unit:

Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government

Submission venue:

Assessment Committee of Performing Arts (5/F, Room 39, Edf. Montepio, Avenida Doutor Mário Soares, No. 25, Macao) or Cultural Affairs Bureau Building (Tap Siac Square, Macao)

Office hours:

Monday to Thursday, 9am-1pm, 2:30pm-5:45pm
Friday, 9am-1pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Enquiry:

Tel.: (853) 2871 0306; (853) 2871 5904;
Fax: (853) 2871 0311; (853) 2836 6899
Email: info.cce@icm.gov.mo

Film genre applicable for the service:

Fictional films, documentary films, advertisements and others applying for producing and directing in Macao

How to apply:

  • Submit the completed ‘Prior Notification Form’ or written notification letter via mail or personal delivery to the Assessment Committee of Performing Arts (5/F, Room 39, Edf. Montepio, Avenida Doutor Mário Soares, No. 25, Macao), or to the Cultural Affairs Bureau Building (Tap Siac Square, Macao);
  • Fax to (853) 2871 0311 / (853) 2836 6899.

Application materials:

Fee:

Free

Application timeline:

Application to the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government must be made at least twenty days in advance of the intended date of filming or production

Note:

When submitting a written notification in lieu of the ‘Prior Notification Form’, the following information should be included:

  • Name of producer/institution of production;
  • Telephone, fax or e-mail;
  • Intended date(s), time slot(s) and location(s) of everyday filming;
  • Genre of film (Fictional Film, Documentary, Advertisement, or others);
  • Specify the usage of explosives, firearms and special effects equipment;
  • Specify the usage of filming equipment, camera track and number of crew member;
  • Written statement referring, in the opening or closing credits of the film, that the film was shot in Macao.

*The ‘Prior Notification Form’ or written notification letter must be signed by producer / person in charge of the institution.

Items for Approval:

All permit applications for activities listed below can be submitted to IC.

 
For details of the above items, please contact with IC via email / telephone / fax / in person. Methods as below:

Enquiry:

Tel.: (853) 2871 0306; (853) 2871 5904;
Fax: (853) 2871 0311; (853) 2836 6899
Email: info@cce@icm.gov.mo

Office hours:

Monday to Thursday, 9am-1pm, 2:30pm-5:45pm
Friday, 9am-1pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Location:

Assessment Committee of Performing Arts (5/F, Room 39, Edf. Montepio, Avenida Doutor Mário Soares, No. 25, Macao)

In case other public service(s) (e.g. IACM) or private institution(s) are involved, applications are required to be sent to related parties by the applicants; for issues pertaining to the employment of non-resident workers, please read the following laws and regulations and apply to the Labour Affairs Bureau.

  1. Law on employment of non-resident workers – Law No. 21/2009
  2. Regulation of the law for the employment of non-resident workers – Administrative Regulation No. 8/2010
  3. Regulation of the minimum requirements for the sanitation and living conditions of the residence for non-resident worker, and the minimum monthly sum that should be paid should it be provided in cash – Dispatch of the Chief Executive No. 88/2010
  4. Regulation of the employment fee for each non-resident worker effectively employed to be paid by the employer by month – Dispatch of the Chief Executive No. 89/2010
  5. Regulation of the conditions or responsibilities to be established in the employment permit for non-resident workers – Administrative Regulation No. 13/2010
  6. Regulation on prohibition of illegal work – Administrative Regulation No. 17/2004
  7. Approval of the identification card template for non-resident workers – Dispatch of the Chief Executive No. 197/2010
  8. Template of the application forms for the employment of non-resident workers – Dispatch of the Secretary for Economy and Finance No. 67/2010

Application Status

 

Contacts

Cultural Affairs Bureau (Public service receiving applications and providing inquiry service )

Contact person:

Ms. Wong

Tel.:

(853) 2871 0306

Fax.:

 (853) 2871 0311; (853) 2836 6899

Address:

Assessment Committee of Performing Arts (5/F, Room 39, Edf. Montepio, Avenida Doutor Mário Soares, No. 25, Macao)

Email:

info.cce@icm.gov.mo

Office hours:

Monday to Thursday, 9am-1pm, 2:30pm-5:45pm
Friday, 9am-1pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm

For further enquiry, please contact the public services in the Coordination Service network. Details as below:

Macao Government Tourism Office
Ms. Ku    Tel.: 8798 4130

Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Mr. Ho      Tel.: 8796 5664

Customs Service of Macao SAR Government
Mr . Lau       Tel.: 8989 4339

Corps of Firefighters of Macao SAR Government
Mr . Wong          Tel.: 8989 1315

Public Security Police Force of Macao SAR Government
Ms . Man    Tel.: 8790 5420

Judiciary Police of Macao SAR Government
Mr . Cheong        Tel.: 8800 1545

Transport Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Tel.: 8866 6363

Civil Aviation Authority of Macao SAR Government
Tel.: 2851 1213

Marine and Water Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Mr . Ng       Tel.: 8988 2422