With so much filming taking place in Greater Los Angeles – more than 100 projects on any given day – it's important that it take place legally, safely, and with respect for the neighborhoods where it happens.
This is why every film permit coordinated by FilmLA goes through a rigorous, multi-agency government approval process. It is also why community outreach programs, including neighborhood notification, location monitoring, and use of filming surveys, are so relied upon by our office.
Filming for commercial purposes in areas served by FilmLA requires a valid film permit, and for obvious reasons. The community impact from filming can at times be quite significant, and when it happens without neighborhood input or awareness, the consequences can be very serious.
How can you recognize and take action against illegal filming in your community, helping your neighbors in the process? Here are a few things to look for: