A Film Permit is required for all activities in relations to motion picture, radio and television production (e.g., feature films and non-current news radio and television shows), still photography activity (e.g., photos to be used for commercial ads in various publications, such as magazines or catalogs) and student productions within the City limits.
Film production/still photography activity is permitted from 7 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday. Under certain conditions, filming may be permitted from 6 AM through 11:59 PM Monday through Saturday. Filming is prohibited on Sunday, City holidays or from 12 AM to 5:59 AM. A separate film permit application is required for each property used within the City.
$200 NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee
$100 Permit Fee
$1 per notification to properties within a 300-foot radius of the site location. Re-notification fee will apply if changes are made after notifications are mailed by the City.
$175 Traffic Engineer Review
$1,500 Right-of-Way/Public Facility Daily Use Fee
See list of full fees at Film Permit Fee
Complete the City’s Online Application (no later than 12:00 pm a minimum five business days, excluding city holidays) in advance of the scheduled start date. A complete application includes the following:
• Application form with all fields completed
• For fields that do not apply list “None”.
• Copy of the Permission to Use Property form signed by Property Owner,
• Proof of insurance form with “City of La Cañada Flintridge” listed as additional insured*. Please attach PDF file on final page of application
*Applicant is to maintain in full force and effect general liability and automobile liability insurance each in the amounts not less than one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage, with a combined aggregate of two million dollars ($2,000,000.00). During any activity which includes chase scenes, special effects, stunts or activities involving aircraft, not less than two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage insurance shall be required. All insurance policies will name, by endorsement, the city as an additional insured to the extent of the liability assumed by applicant, and protect the city against any legal costs in defending claims.
Only applications which include all the listed items above will be deemed complete and ready for review. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed nor considered.
Once a complete application is submitted, City staff will contact the production company regarding fees and other requirements to obtain a permit.
Municipal Code 6.04