When you're ready to start filming in Tennessee, here's what you need to know.


The State of Tennessee requires production companies to provide a Certificate of Insurance prior to filming when filming on state property.

Labor and Union
Tennessee is a right-to-work state that welcomes both union and non-union productions.

Child Labor

Disclaimer: “Tennessee law provides important rights, obligations, and protections for employers and employees alike in Tennessee, including children employed in productions incentivized by the TFEMC. Information provided on this website is intended to convey general information about the employment of children in such productions, not to explain all statutes referenced, nor to provide a comprehensive summary of all applicable state and federal statutes. This information is provided for reference only and does not constitute, and should not be construed or relied upon as, legal advice. For information and advice regarding specific questions of child labor law, qualified legal counsel should be consulted.”

Child Labor Act


Minor Musicians or Entertainers
Minors are exempt from Child Labor Law provisions if the child is employed as a musician or entertainer. For further information, contact the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Division of Labor Standards at (615) 741-2858 or

Download Child Labor TCA 50-5-107 Exempt Minors

The Tennessee Protection of Minor Performers Act

The Tennessee Protection of Minor Performers Act applies to all resident and non-resident minors and to all in-state and out-of-state production companies, as long as the some or all of the minor’s artistic or creative services are to be provided in Tennessee, or the production company is doing business in Tennessee. Utilizing the court process authorized by the Act provides significant benefits for both parties, for example, protecting the minor’s income stream and ensuring the production company can enforce its contract. So, although this process is not mandatory, it would certainly be advisable for larger productions where the financial risks born by both parties are greater.


Contracting with Minors

Download Child Labor TCA 29-31-101 Power to Remove

SAG/AFTRA Young Performers Handbook


Richard Van Syckle
Executive Director for Nashville Local
SAG/AFTRA Nashville
1108 17th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212



A Civil/Non-Government Entity, Entrepreneur flying for business pursuit will need FAA authorization via Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA). The company may apply for and be granted an exemption based on their use and need. Please see the attached links. http://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Sec_331_336_UAS.pdf  and http://www.faa.gov/uas/legislative_programs/section_333/how_to_file_a_petition/ .   The petition has a link to file electronically with the FAA. Typically the process can take between 60-120 days.

Filmmakers can consult with an attorney to gain more insight into the process.

Only a company holding a commercial use exemption (“333 exemption”), complying with the strict terms of that exemption, and using a licensed pilot may conduct commercial Unmanned Aircraft (“UA” or “drone”) flights.   In addition to a 333 exemption, every operator must have a Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) from the FAA covering the parameters of their intended flight.    In addition to these Federal requirements, the operator must comply with all applicable state laws.

Workman's Comp
Out-of-state production companies are subject to Tennessee Workman’s Compensation laws and must maintain a Tennessee Workman’s Compensation Insurance plan covering all Tennessee crews. For more information contact the Tennessee Department of Labor, Workman's Compensation Division at 615.532.4812.

Photography of Tennessee wildlife is permitted as long as there is no attempt to disturb the normal habits of the animal or its environment. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) allows, under permit, the importation into Tennessee of certain domesticated wildlife or exotic species for motion picture purposes.

For more information contact the TWRA at 615.781.6500.


Permit for Flame, Explosions or Spark Emitting Devices

Before using pyrotechnics while shooting in Tennessee, be sure to consult with the Fire Marshal in each county that you are shooting in to ensure you meet their requirements for above effects. Most counties will require that an inspector be present during your effects. There may or may not be a fee for this 'Fire Watch' depending on the requirements of that county. Never use any of these effects without contacting them; regardless if it is in town or a remote country setting. In addition, be aware of Tennessee's Fireworks/Pyrotechnic/Flame Law (Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 29, Section 68, Chapter 104). Pending conditions of the shoot; a State permit $50 per day may be needed, as well as a local State Shooter, working under a company with a State Exhibitors License.  For further information consult with Department of Commerce and Insurance or a local State exhibitor (independent company) for further information.

Economic Development Form

All productions are required to fill out an Economic Data Submission form and submit it to the TFEMC.  It provides us quick information on the Tennessee crew hires, the types of productions that are utilizing our state, and the economic benefit for the State of Tennessee.    

So, thank you kindly.

Go To Economic Data Submission Form

Ready to Film in Tennessee?

When a company wants to discuss filming in Tennessee, they get Bob Raines. Raines is the middle man between you and local, state and federal government, and is an industry expert on both ends.

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