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Film Productions in St. Tammany Parish

Our varied locations, historic districts and diverse architectural styles are among the reasons The Northshore is the perfect locale for your next film production. Our charming communities of Abita Springs, Bush, Covington, Folsom, Lacombe, Madisonville, Mandeville and Slidell are bustling with unique locations and resources to aid in creating a phenomenal production. 

  • Visit The Northshore offers custom assistance including permitting guidance, accommodations rate assistance, industry contacts and workforce development. And, Louisiana's beneficial tax incentives just help sweeten the deal.
  • All productions, general B-roll and student films shooting in St. Tammany Parish are required to complete a film permit application no later than 5 days before the first day of filming. Scroll down to access the online submission portal.
  • A permit from St. Tammany Parish Government is required for productions operating in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish. A permit from the city or town is required for productions operating entirely within the city limits of Covington, Mandeville and Slidell, or in the towns of Madisonville and/or Abita Springs. 

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One Permit Application is required for every film production in St. Tammany Parish.

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Steps to Obtain a Film Permit

  1. Submit Film Permit Application; prior to any prep activities on properties in St. Tammany Parish
  2. Receive confirmation and further communications from the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission Multimedia Content Manager
  3. Submit Certificate of Insurance (see below)
  4. Submit Location Permit Request if needed
  5. Submit all required supporting documents as listed and confirmed by the Manager.

Film Permit Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a Film Permit Application no later than 5 days prior to the commencement of filming. Film Permits are issued at varying costs.

Below are the documents which must be submitted:

All documents may be uploaded with the Permit Application and/or Location Request or emailed directly to Roberta@VisitTheNorthshore.com

  1. Film Permit Application (click to access form)
  2. Certificate of Insurance
  3. Permit Payment, as applicable and confirmed by the Manager
  4. Location Permit Request; must be completed for each filming location and submitted no later than 2 business days prior to filming
  5. Signed Location Agreement between the production and filming location property owner
  6. Detailed schematic of each production location
  7. Copy of Neighborhood Notice
  8. Copy of Drone Operator's License, as applicable
    • Productions are required to use only FAA-certified drone operators and to ensure that the drone operators comply with FAA regulations
  9. Additional permit application requirements may be requested depending on the filming location and scope of production
    • Including but not limited to St. Tammany Parish facilities, DOTD road closures, State Parks, and National Wildlife Refuges within St. Tammany Parish
  10. We understand the fluidity of film production schedules; keep us up to date with changes by emailing Roberta@VisitTheNorthshore.com.
Filming on St. Tammany Parish Government Property

At this time, filming in areas owned and operated by St. Tammany Parish Government is not permitted, including the grounds and parking areas of Camp Salmen Nature Park, Kids Konnection Playground at Koop Drive, Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish Fishing Pier in Slidell, and the Tammany Trace hike/bike path, which does not include trailhead facilities, which are city properties and require permits from the governing authority listed above.

Filming in Louisiana State Parks

Filming in Fontainebleau State Park and Fairview-Riverside State Park require a permit from the State of Louisiana. Click here for more information: Louisiana State Park Film & Photo PolicySt. Tammany Parish Government does not require a permit for productions operating solely within the parks; however, please complete our online application so we can provide support for your production and track economic activity.

Permit Payment Fees Associated 
  • Unincorporated St. Tammany Locations: payment made to St. Tammany Parish Government; $100.00 per application. Deliver payment to 21454 Koop Drive, Building B, Suite 1B, Mandeville, LA 70471, attention to Dept. of Planning and Development. The office is open for walk-in service 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • City of Covington; $25.00 per application; other fees may be assessed as determined by the Office of Cultural Arts and Events.
  • Additional fees may vary depending on location and scope of production.

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Certificate of Insurance Holder Based on Governing Authority of Filming Location
  • Unincorporated St. Tammany Parish; St. Tammany Parish Government, its agents, and all its entities, 21490 Koop Dr., Mandeville, LA 70471
    Note: includes Bush and Lacombe
  • City of Covington; The City of Covington, its agents, and all of its departments, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington, LA 70433
  • City of Mandeville; The City of Mandeville, its agents, and all of its departments, 3101 East Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA 70448
  • City of Slidell; The City of Slidell, its agents and all of its departments, 2055 2nd St., Slidell, LA 70458
  • Town of Abita Springs; The Town of Abita Springs, its agents, and all of its departments, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs, LA 70420
  • Town of Madisonville; The Town of Madisonville, its agents, and all of its departments, 403 St Francis St., Madisonville, LA 70447
  • Town of Pearl River; The Town of Pearl River, its agents, and all of its departments, 39460 Willis Alley, Pearl River, LA 70452
  • Village of Folsom; The Village of Folsom, its agents and all of its departments, 82378 June St, Folsom, LA 70437
  • Village of Sun; The Village of Sun, its agents and all of its departments, 30285 Lock No 3 Rd, Sun, LA 70463


Get Listed as a Film Location

The St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission maintains a free database of St. Tammany locations that are available for use in films, television shows, commercials, music video, photo shoots, digital media projects and more. We receive requests from media industry professionals seeking a wide range of locations, including: small towns, courthouses, parks, farms, restaurants, small businesses, hospitals, and so on. If you own or manage a property in St. Tammany Parish that you would like to be considered as a production location, we welcome your submission for inclusion in our locations database. Submit your property for consideration by completing our online submission form

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