Filming Permits

Film & Video Taping Requirements


Applicants are required to notify the City ten working days prior to expected filming and prep date(s) in order to allow sufficient time for the City to process and coordinate with the various departments involved. It is the City’s experience that this amount of time is necessary to effectively accomplish all requirements and notifications.

All required notification and signatures must be completed and submitted along with appropriate fees at least seven (7) working days in advance if filming activities will impair traffic or include special effects and/or stunts or five (5) working days in advance if filming will not impair traffic, include special effects or stunts.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering temporary reduced fees for film production under the City's 10-Point Plan for Recovery, Resiliency, and Reinvestment. 


Type of Fee

Current Fee

Proposed Temporary Fee

Application Fee



Daily Fee

$580 per day


Rider Fee

$111 per rider

$111 Per Rider (30 days)

Note: Other per day fees or personnel fees remain unchanged
***Effective July 1, 2021 all credit card transactions are subject to a 2.9% credit card processing fee

The application fee covers up to 2 weeks of filming, and can be extended to 30 days (rider fee) on a case-by-case basis, at which time a new film fee and permit, or per extension, will be granted. As film permits are reviewed and calculated on a case-by-case basis, staff may deem it necessary to have Police or Fire personnel to inspect or be on-site for a production, and these requirements and additional cost will be communicated with the applicant. 

Film Permit Application

Please call the Community Development Department at (626) 308-2806 and dial extension 4621 with any questions.
Email completed application and all required documents to Jackie Wong at