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There are three steps in which permits process takes place.
1) Producer to apply for approval in own country at the Indian embassy.

2)
After applying at the Indian Embassy of foreign country, we here in India will obtain the approval from Ministry, if the application is for documentary or a television show we will obtain the permission from Ministry of External Affairs and if it’s a feature film in that case we will obtain the permission from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In case of Documentary there is no fees but in case of feature film there is a fees of 200$.
In both the permission the time taken is 30 days excluding government holidays.

3)
After the ministry clearance we then apply for actual location permits. Actual location permits have departments depending on the chosen location.
• If location is a city/ town/ village in that case first we need to take permission from District Megistrate of that area and after that concerned police authorities.
• If location is a forest: -
a) Permission from Ministry of Environment and forest in New Delhi.
b) After obtaining permit from Ministry of Environment and Forest we take permit from state forest department
• If location is a historical site we need to take permit from Archaeological Survey of India.
• If location is a Defence area we need to take permission from Ministry of Defence.
• If location is a sensitive one from internal security point of view in that case permission should be obtain from Ministry of Home Affairs.
• Incase of shooting at the Airports of India we need to obtain the permission from the Airport Director of that Airport and incase of shooting at tarmac we need to take permission from the office Director General of Civil Aviation New Delhi & also from the Bureau of civil Aviation Security New Delhi.
• In case of shooting at Railway stations/ Train first we need to obtain permit from Railway Board and then State Railway Zone permit.
• In case of Aerial photography in India one need to apply at least three months before the shoot, as this is the most time consuming permit process. If the DOP is Foreign national the permission will take 90 days but if the DOP is Indian it will take 50 days. There are two ministries involved in this permission one is Ministry of civil Aviation and other is Ministry of Defence.
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