Film Production in New Hanover County

New Hanover County welcomes your production at county-owned property. Our goal is to provide a good customer experience and help facilitate the growth of the production industry in our community.

The state of North Carolina offers a grant program that rebates productions up to 25% of qualified expenses/purchases. Contact the NC Film Commission for details.

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You will need a New Hanover County permit if your television, film, commercial video or commercial photography production will use any property owned or maintained by New Hanover County Government.

You will not need a permit if:

  • Your project is produced entirely on private property
  • You are news media working on behalf of your news organization

A production permit issued by New Hanover County may not satisfy all requirements for a particular property or use. Municipal, state, and federal requirements must be met and adhered to, when applicable, for a given location or use. New Hanover County can assist you in connecting with municipalities located within the county.

Production Guidelines

New Hanover County requires a minimum of three business days advance notice to process applications. Complex production requests should be made with as much advance notice as possible. Approvals are based on the impact to the property and the scheduling availability of the location.