Film Permits

Dayton features a wide array of versatile scenery, all of which are within driving distance from each other. From rivers and parks to downtown office towers, Dayton can stand in for nearly any location. With four distinct but mild seasons, Dayton is the quintessential Midwestern city. Dayton is also home to a growing number of dedicated production professionals who are ready to assist with your next project.

Many filmakers have taken advantage of Ohio tax credits for their television shows, movies and commercials. Each filming adds economic value to the area, including film jobs and increased consumers of hotels, restaurants and more. To read more about the $44 million of tax credits given to filmakers in Ohio cities in the past 5 years, click here.

Dayton Film Incentives

  • Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit
    • 35% State tax credit
    • Requires minimum of $300,000 spent in Ohio
    • Broad range of eligible expenses qualify for credit 
  • Film and Screen Team (FAST)
    • Dayton's regional network of film professionals and public partners stand ready to meet your production needs. 
    • Location scouting assistance
    • City facilities available for locations
  • Dayton Film Permit Program
    • FREE to apply
    • Only required if:
      • Filming on City property
      • When direct assistance is needed for street closures or other public services
    • Recommended when there are other unusual circumstances - crowds, flames, weapons, etc.
    • Please apply at least 10 days in advance of filming


For any information about our services or the Dayton Film Permit, contact Keith Klein at (937) 333-3812 or

Additional Resources:

  1. Please contact the Division of Development at (937) 333 - 3634 to learn more about our variety of business incentives and business development services. Our team is here for you!