Do I need a film permit?

Laws regarding film permit requirements are established by the jurisdictions that FilmLA serves. Please contact FilmLA if you have questions about whether a permit is required for your specific project. Generally speaking, non-commercial filming (personal use) does not require a film permit.

Film Permit Process

Below are the following 5 steps for completing the film permit process.

So, you've scouted several potential locations, picked out your favorites, and made sure they’re in FilmLA’s service area. Before you write the property owner a check or make any commitments, please give us a call to discuss the location and your intended filming plans.

Also, check out our FAQ for answers to many popular questions.

Our Production Planning Team will save you time and money by guiding you through permit requirements, as well as the unique needs of area communities. Count on us for help with:

  • Counseling on past productions' experience in a given area
  • Budgeting questions
  • Working in areas with special conditions
  • Reservations for city owned properties
  • Please see Area Requirements for application submission deadlines