The City contracts with FilmL.A. to provide streamlined permit processing for all commercial filming and still photography.
Film & Photography Guidelines
All commercial filming and/or still photography within city limits requires a film permit.
Permit applications must be submitted at least three working days prior to start date to allow for review by City and County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s and Fire Departments.
Non-commercial photography or videography (personal use) does not require a permit. However, use of equipment such as lights or generators may require a permit.
The filming fee is different depending on whether the project is a student assignment or general in nature. An encroachment fee will also be applied if the filming project is within the public right-of-way such as a sidewalk or street. Current Fee Schedule
Filming and/or photography may take place between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in residential areas. However, requests outside the general hours will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The City may require surveys of neighborhoods to determine related impacts and mitigation considerations.
Use of City Facilities
For questions regarding City facility reservations, please contact Community Services Department - Facility Reservations at 909-839-7065. Reservations are strongly encouraged prior to submitting a FilmL.A. permit application.
For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 909-839-7013.