Logotipo Film Madrid

Filming in the Region of Madrid

Technical standards and general safety measures in filming

  • They should be minimised to what is absolutely essential, they should be intermittent and concentrated on weekends.
  • Access to ambulances and other emergency vehicles shall be guaranteed at all times.
  • The assistance of the local police should be requested.
  • Alternative routes must be provided.
  • Try and avoid restrictions of pedestrian traffic as much as possible and take all necessary measures to palliate any architectural and accessibility barriers, especially for disabled people.

If the shoot has been authorised to change the horizontal or vertical traffic signs, once the filming is finished, the traffic signs must be restored to their original state, under the supervision of the municipal technicians or the Local Police.

The producer will give sufficient notice to the neighbours and shops affected by the filming, by sending a letter containing the date, time, exact location and characteristics of the filming, parking reservation area, lighting plans, contact telephone number of the person in charge of the production or the Public Safety Department, and any other information that may be of interest. This notice shall be extended to a wider area in the case of the use of major special effects, loud sounds, gunshots, dangerous scenes, or any other activity likely to cause impact or surprise to citizens.

When using emergency service uniforms or vehicles are used (police, ambulance, fire brigade), the competent municipal departments must be previously informed.
These uniforms, vehicles, badges or logos must be out of sight between shots, as far as possible.

The necessary permits or authorisations will be required from the competent authority in order to transport, store and use these materials, pursuant to Royal Decree 989/2015, of 30 October , which approves the Regulation on Pyrotechnics Products and Cartridges and other similar applicable regulations.

When shooting on public thoroughfares, it should be taken into account that many buildings house government and legal institutions and therefore are considered security zones. Their surroundings are considered security zones. To facilitate the filming process, it is advisable to inform the relevant communication departments of any filming close to these buildings.

The shoot preproduction and actual production must respect the maximum noise levels established in the Municipal Ordinance for Environmental Protection on Noise and Vibrations as well as in Decree 78/199, of 27th May , regulating the protection against noise pollution in the Community of Madrid.
Measures shall be taken to avoid citizens’ discomfort and to ensure their rest.

  • Night-time shoots must be extremely cautious to avoid causing any nuisance to neighbours, especially in residential areas.
  • Any activity is subject to the NOISE AND DISTURBANCE LAW, Ley 37/2003, de 17 de noviembre on Noise.
  • It is recommended to shoot respecting the following working hours: 7.00 to 23.00 on weekdays and 9.00 to 23.00 on weekends and public holidays. If the shoot has to take place outside that period, neighbours in the area will be duly notified.
  • When the shooting is finished, heavy equipment or vehicles must be removed quietly. Otherwise, they must remain parked on the set and it must be dismantled the following day.
  • If the shoot includes bright light sources which could cause a nuisance to residents, opaque screens shall be provided to shield the affected windows. If the lighting could endanger road traffic by causing reflections that could blind drivers, the streets leading to the location must be adequately signposted indicating the hazard.
  • When shooting at night, on roads or in poor visibility conditions, warning lights shall be placed around the materials and the crew shall wear high-visibility vests.

  • The producer shall be liable for any damage that may be caused to public spaces and/or services during filming.
  • The producer is responsible for the maintenance of the public spaces and/or services during and after the shoot, keeping them clean and in good condition.
  • The installation of catering services in public spaces is prohibited, unless the characteristics and location of the proposed space make it suitable to be authorised by the competent local authorities.

  • Cables must be installed at the joints between the pavement and the facades. When installed on stairs, they must be fixed to prevent tripping.
  • Generators shall be installed as close as possible to the set to avoid laying cables across public roads.
  • Where aerial installation is required, the competent local authorities will specify the minimum height.
  • When the cables have run across the pavement, they shall be covered with a 1 m wide rubber mat fixed to the ground and marked with high-visibility cones tape.
  • Special authorisation must be sought when cables are to be attached to street furniture.

  • Using a water hydrant must be previously authorised.
  • Their use shall be carried out under the supervision of the competent local utility.
  • During an emergency, the Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting Service must have access to and use of hydrants.

If they are used, the local police must be informed of their characteristics and location. At night and in poor visibility conditions, they must be adequately signposted, and noise and nuisance must be minimised when installing and dismantling them.

The reservation shall be made once the filming permit is obtained. The producer can reserve the space 24 hours before filming installing fencing or tapes, including a sufficiently visible sign indicating "space reserved for filming". This reservation may under no circumstances restrict pedestrian or car traffic.
If the reservation entails the unavoidable need to remove a private vehicle or other private property, the intervention of the local police is required. Pavements cannot be used for the storage of technical equipment or for construction activities.