Film Permits

The City contracts with FilmL.A. to provide streamlined permit processing for all commercial filming and still photography.

Film and Photography Guidelines

  • All commercial filming and/or still photography within city limits requires a film permit.
  • Permit applications must be submitted at least three working days prior to start date to allow for review by City and County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s and Fire Departments.
  • Non-commercial photography or videography (personal use) does not require a permit. However, use of equipment such as lights or generators may require a permit.

Permit Fees  - A City single permit fee is $583.27, in addition to any FilmL.A. permit processing fees. Student filming is eligible for a waiver on a case-by-case basis.

Hours - Filming and/or photography may take place between the hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm in residential areas. However, requests outside the general hours will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The City may require surveys of neighborhoods to determine related impacts and mitigation considerations.

Use of City Facilities - For questions regarding City facility reservations, please contact Community Services Department - Facility Reservations at 909.839.7065. Reservations are strongly encouraged prior to submitting a FilmL.A. permit application.

Additional Information - Contact the City Manager’s Office at 909.839.7013 or via email at asantos@diamondbarca.gov.