Filming in Madrid

Madrid Central

Madrid Central is a low-emission area that began operating on Friday, 30 November 2018. It integrates the four previously existing Residential Priority Areas (APR, to use the Spanish initials), expanding their perimeter to include almost the entire “Centro” district, which includes the neighbourhoods of Palacio, Embajadores, Cortes, Justicia, Universidad and Sol.

Territorial Scope and General Access

Madrid Central is an area of restricted access to vehicles that includes almost the entire “Centro” district, which includes the neighbourhoods of Palacio, Embajadores, Cortes, Justicia, Universidad and Sol (for more details, see the territorial scope of application).

 

Territorial scope of Madrid Central

Its operation is similar to that of the previous Residential Priority Areas, allowing access only to authorised vehicles: residents, people with reduced mobility, security and emergency services, commercial vehicles, etc. For vehicles that are not authorised, the following general criteria apply depending on which label the vehicle has:

  • Environmental label 0 Emissions: these cars may circulate and park in the Regulated Parking Service zone (“SER”, to use the Spanish initials) without any time restriction.
  • ECO label: these cars may enter and park in the SER area during regulated hours for a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Label C or B: these cars may only access this zone to park in a public car park, private garage or non-residential parking zone.

Access: Pre-Production and Communicated Event

During the pre-production phase or when filming on the move with a “communicated event” type of permit, it is recommended that work teams use public transport to move about the city (metro, bus, commuter trains) and the available taxi or vehicle-for-hire services (VTC services, as they are known in Spain). If it is essential to use vehicles to transport materials, the production team can arrange for access to Madrid Central by following one of the criteria listed below.

OPTION 1: USE OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CAR PARKS

A vehicle parked in a car park (public or private) within the Madrid Central area is authorised for the day on which it is parked.

After parking in the car park:

  • You will be able to circulate throughout the entire Madrid Central area without restrictions for that entire day.
  • You can park in other car parks (public or private) or in the parking spaces on public roads managed by the Regulated Parking Service (see the section on “Parking in Central Madrid”).

The car park is responsible for notifying vehicle registration numbers to Madrid City Council so that it can authorise access to Madrid Central:

  • There are car parks that have electronic systems for capturing registration numbers by image and others where this is done manually. Once parked, it is recommended that you check the entrance ticket to make sure that your registration number has been registered. In case of doubt, ask the car park personnel.
  • Madrid City Council has a series of rotational public car parks and mixed public car parks distributed within the Central Madrid area. For more information, consult the map of municipal car parks in the Centro district.

For more information: Access to Madrid Central using a public or a private car park.

OPTION 2: REGISTRATION AS COMPANIES AND PROFESSIONALS PROVIDING SERVICES OR DELIVERING OR COLLECTING SUPPLIES

Business and professional vehicles that provide services or deliver or collect supplies can access Madrid Central during restricted hours. This authorisation does not allow free parking in the SER zone, so regular parking rules must be complied with.

The authorisation does not require the payment of a fee.

Until 31/12/2019, access to Madrid Central by such vehicles will be permitted within the following time slots, depending on the vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (MMA in its Spanish initials), its environmental category and the period:

0 EMISIONES ECO C B A
MMA less than or equal to 3,500 kg 24 hours 7 hours – 23 hours 7 hours –  21 hours 7 hours – 15 hours 7 hours – 13 hours
MMA greater than 3,500 kg and less than or equal to 18,000 kg 24 hours 7 hours – 21 hours 7 hours – 17 hours 7 hours – 15 hours 7 hours- 13 hours

Requirements to obtain the authorisation:

  1. Be a private individual or a legal entity and be registered to pay the Tax on Economic Activities (IAE in its Spanish initials).
  2. Present the vehicle’s light transport card (MDL in its Spanish initials). In the case of a leased vehicle, the leasing company must provide the applicant with this card.
  3. In the case of a rented vehicle, present the contract stating the company or professional providing services in Madrid Central as the lessee and the delivery certificate or a certificate from the lessor that allows the vehicle registration number and the date of termination of the contract to be identified (only if such data do not appear in the contract).

How to apply for authorisation:

  • Online: through Madrid City Council’s electronic portal, under the heading “My Folder” (with electronic certificate).
  • In person by appointment at the Madrid Central Office, located at Calle Bustamante 16, ground floor.

For more information: Access to Madrid Central for Companies and professionals providing services or delivering or collecting supplies

OPTION 3: QUALIFIED GROUP OF OWNERS OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL VEHICLES

Vehicles belonging to the Qualified Group of Owners of Commercial and Industrial Vehicles can access Madrid Central without any time restriction and are authorised to park throughout the SER area (including Madrid Central) free of charge.

This requires the payment of a fee, which varies according to the daily hours of parking allowed in the SER zone (which can be on a monthly or annual basis):

  • Annual Fee:
    5-hour rate: €378
    8-hour rate: €566.40
  • Monthly fee (per month or fraction thereof):
    5-hour rate: €31.50
    8-hour rate: €47.20
  • The annual or monthly fee will be subject to a reduction or surcharge depending on which of the following categories the vehicle is classified in, as established in the Tax Ordinance (coinciding with the environmental sticker):
    – ECO class: 50% reduction.
    – Class C: 10% reduction.
    – Class B: Base Rate.
    – Class A: Surcharge of 25% (with no Environmental DGT sticker)

Requirements to obtain the authorisation:

  1. Be a private individual or a legal entity and be registered to pay the Tax on Economic Activities (IAE in its Spanish initials).
  2. Own, rent, lease or have the usufruct of a vehicle.
  3. The vehicle must be registered for the Mechanical Traction Vehicle Tax (IVTM in its Spanish initials).
  4. The vehicle must belong to one of the following categories:
    – Box-truck, van or lorry with a maximum authorised mass equal to or less than 3,500 kilograms.
    – Box-truck, van or lorry with a maximum authorised mass between 3,500 and 5,000 kilograms, exclusively in the case of vehicles with an ECO environmental classification.
    – Adaptable mixed vehicle or a vehicle derived from a passenger car.
    – A passenger car labelled with the commercial name of the company, provided that the labelling is indelible, only in the case of vehicles with an ECO, C or B environmental classification.

How to apply for authorisation:

Once the application has been submitted, you will be called at the contact telephone number you have provided to confirm that the application is in order and that you can pay the fee in person at the Regulated Parking Service (SER) Authorisation Management Office, located at Calle Bustamante 16, ground floor.

  • In person: By appointment at the Regulated Parking Service (SER) Authorisation Management Office, located at Calle Bustamante 16, ground floor.To make an appointment: access the appointment service by selecting “Type of Service: Mobility” and then in “Management: SER-Specialised Attention”.

When requesting information, confirm access to Madrid Central with the Regulated Parking Service (SER) Authorisation Management Office.

For more information:

Access: Permit to occupy the public thoroughfare

When filming with a “permission to occupy the public thoroughfare” permit, the access of technical vehicles is organised in a similar way to the aforementioned Residential Priority Areas, now integrated in Madrid Central:

  • The registration numbers of technical vehicles shall be indicated in the corresponding section of the Permit to Occupy the Public Thoroughfare.
  • The validity of the access permits for these vehicles shall be limited to the authorisation granted to carry out the activity or the occupation of the public thoroughfare.
  • Communicated Event permits do not provide for the possibility of allowing access to production vehicles.

During the first phase of implementation, if the registration numbers have not been submitted for the Permit to Occupy the Public Thoroughfare, the authorisation may be managed in the following way:

  • 48 hours after filming, send a single email per permit to ofrodajes@madrid.es, indicating the correct number of the paid filming permit and the dates granted.
  • Attach to the email a text document (.txt) with the vehicle registration plates and the date of each day of filming granted per line, separated by a semicolon. See example.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Madrid City Council’s Film Licensing Office: +34 914 803 723 / ofrodajes@madrid.es.

 

 

Parking in Madrid Central

Any vehicle with authorisation to access Madrid Central may park in the areas of public roads provided for this purpose, which can be identified by green lines.

The entire area of Madrid Central is included under the green area of the Regulated Parking Service (SER), which implies the following restrictions of use:

  • Users who do not have resident authorisation may park for a maximum of two hours during SER operating hours, making the corresponding payment at the parking meters set up on public roads.
  • Once this maximum has been reached, you cannot park again in the same neighbourhood until one hour has elapsed following the end of the parking time.

Regulated Parking Service Hours (SER):

  • Monday to Friday, not including public holidays: from 9am to 9pm.
  • Saturdays: from 9am to 3pm.
  • August (Monday to Saturday, not including public holidays): from 9am to 3pm.
  • 24 and 31 December: from 9am to 3pm.
  • Sundays and holidays: No service.

Maps of the SER area (showing the neighbourhood boundaries):

For more information: