Rules & Regulations

MINNESOTA REQUIRES ELECTRICAL INSPECTION OF FILM SHOOTS & PRODUCTION

What requires inspection? All electrical wiring and equipment for on-location filming, filmmaking productions, and similar projects. Portable and vehicle-mounted generators and portable electrical distribution systems are required to be inspected. Additions or alterations to premises wiring systems, permanent electrical infrastructure, or other fixed wiring systems are also required to be separately inspected.

Equipment shall be inspected and be in compliance before it is energized and put into use.

For complete requirements of electrical inspection click "Electrical Inspection Info" below

Electrical Inspection Info

For complete details of required electrical inspection click here
 
Dean Hunter, Code Representative
MN Department of Labor and Industry
443 Lafayette Road North
Saint Paul, MN 55155
218.770.1263

Fire Department Representatives

Minneapolis Fire Inspection Services

Jim Huntzicker
Fire Inspections Coordinator
Chief Steward AFSCME, Local 9
 
email: James.Huntzicker@minneapolismn.gov
phone: 612-201-2624

Youth Labor Laws

Federal and state child labor laws apply to the employment of minors on set. Details of Minnesota's youth labor laws can be found here.  

The information below is excerpted from the current Minnesota Child Labor Standards Act. More information can be found at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry: http://www.doli.state.mn.us/ls/ChildLabor.asp  

Minimum age

A minor under age 14 may not be employed, except as:

  • a newspaper carrier (at least 11 years of age)
  • in agriculture (at least 12 years of age and with parental/guardian consent)
  • an actor, actress or model
  • a youth athletic program referee (at least 11 years of age and with parental/guardian consent)
 

Age and hours of work

A minor less than 16 years of age may not work:

  • before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m.* with the exception of a newspaper carrier;
  • for more than 40 hours a week or more than eight hours per 24-hour period*, except in agriculture;
  • on school days during school hours, without an employment certificate issued by the school district superintendent (Minnesota Statutes 181A.05).

 *During the school year, federal law restricts hours to no later than 7 p.m., no more than three hours a day and not more than 18 hours a week.

A minor age 16 or 17 years old:

  • By state law, 16- and 17-year-old high school students may not work after 11 p.m. on evenings before school days or before 5 a.m. on school days. 
  • With written permission from a parent or guardian, these hours may be expanded to 11:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. No other limit is set for 16- and 17-year-olds.

 

Drones & Filmmaking

For the latest details on drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for motion picture production visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/

  • The local Minnesota FAA office requests that you read and review the website above in its entirety before contacting their office. 

  • If you have read through the website and still have questions, the Minneapolis Flight Standards District Office number is 612-253-4400.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration published these rulings for drone hobbyists on June 21, 2016: faapart107summary.pdf

  • Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), in partnership with the FAA, to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems. It's a good resource for anyone working (or playing) with drones.