Film Permit FAQs

Do I need a permit to film in California?
Yes. Film permits are generally required to film in public areas. Permitting requirements vary depending on the locations and jurisdictions (i.e. federal, state, county and city).

How do I apply for a film permit?
Contact the local tourism board and/or film commission (find Regional Contacts here ) for permitting information and applications. The California Film Commission is also a helpful resource:

How much time does it take to process a film permit application?
Anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks. Please contact the local film commission for rules and regulations.

What if I have news credentials?
If you have news credentials, film permits are generally NOT required.

Where can I learn more about filming?
The California Film Commission: or 323.860.2960

How do I purchase insurance required for film permits?
Here are some resources for purchasing insurance:

Additional leads for insurance are found at  


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