The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport’s primary function is to serve the traveling public, therefore all airport commercial filming and photography, as well as motion picture and television filming, must adhere to all established rules, regulations, fee schedules, and airport policies.

These requirements are not intended for news media photography and video or personal photography or video. Student projects, non-commercial projects or not-for-profit organizations will be reviewed on a case by-case basis to determine fees and insurance requirements.

The Deputy Director, Finance & Administration, or a designated representative, will review all filming requests.

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Filming Requests

Documents to review:

15 business days prior to filming, the following must be submitted to the Airport:

  • Record of Filming Activities and Fee Schedule
  • Non-refundable deposit
  • Insurance certificates meeting the Airport’s minimum requirements

Mailing address:
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
Attn: Deputy Director, Finance & Administration
5235 Portage Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49002

Contact information
Questions regarding filming, airport operations, damages, janitorial services and other charges:
Blair Brindley
Deputy Director, Finance & Communication

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Deposit & Fees

A non-refundable deposit is required based on the number of people on site before filming or activity commences. The deposit will be deducted from the total fee amount. Fees are determined by the basic location charge (determined by number of people), number of airport employees required on-site, parking, assistance from airport vehicles as well as other charges such as janitorial services.

Site Use/Tenant Relations

Before filming or other activity can commence, the Airport Location Agreement & Release must be signed and notarized by an authorized individual from the production company and returned to the airport. Insurance certificates and a deposit must also be returned to before any production commences. A complete script, if applicable, must be provided with airport scenes highlighted. The Airport requires a minimum of 15 working days to review all applications, treatments, scripts and insurance documentation.

Additional charges may be incurred in the event the Airport must repair or replace any airport property damaged by production operations, and/or if the Airport deems trash removal and cleaning is necessary after production operations are complete.

  1. This consent and release does not include a consent or release of any other person or entity whose rights may be affected in any way by the footage or the production, including, without limitation, any airline, passenger, vendor, retailer, artist, Airport employee or other governmental agency.
  2. This consent and release does not permit any portrayal or use for any purposes that create a misrepresentation or fraud, that are lewd, indecent or illegal, or in a manner that places the Airport or County in a false light or otherwise undermines the public trust.

The Airport reserves the right to revoke permission and cease filming immediately if public safety or other operational concerns warrant.


Insurance requirements vary depending on where the activity will be taking place. Regardless of location, all certificate of insurance must have the Airport as the certificate holder and additional insured for all policies except workers’ compensation.