About the Film Office

The Pasadena Film Office coordinates all on-location production in the city of Pasadena.  Our services include coordination of all permits in accordance with our local zoning ordinance; marketing of Pasadena to the film industry; and increasing awareness of Pasadena as an innovative, eventful and fun city in the LA metropolitan area.

All filming of commercial motion pictures (including television and other like projects) and still photography requires a permit, whether on public or private property.  Student filming and Director’s Reels also require per filming and Director’s Reels also require permits.A Pasadena specific location (scouting) library — on the Internet.

Personal wedding photography does not require a commercial film permit, however professional photographers are required to have a business license. For further information, please contact Business License at 626-744-4166.

Below is a step-by-step process for obtaining a film permit.  Upon receipt of a completed film permit application, the Pasadena Film Office will begin coordinating logistics and approvals with city departments in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.  Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee issuance of a permit.

Step 1:  Submit a base film permit application.

Step 2:  Obtain permission and submit a proposed parking plan.

Step 3:  Additional required documents

Step 4:  Change of Plans?  We need to know.

Step 5:  Supplemental & Good-to-know documents.

Pasadena has over 1,000 locations, is within “The Zone,” and we can turn permits around in 3 business days. Search our Locations Library for your next location.

A new Pasadena Locations Library is underway. Stay tuned for more details.

We want your production to be a success!  That being said, listed below are links to Pasadena’s filming rules, regulations and guidelines.

The Pasadena City Council adopted a Film Ordinance which provides regulations for the filming of commercial motion pictures (including television and other like projects) and still photography.  The Film Ordinance can be found in Section 17.61.890 of the Zoning Code.  The decision to issue a permit is vested in the discretion of the city of Pasadena.  Said decisions will be exercised consistent with public health, safety and general welfare, applicable land-use ordinances and in the best interest of our constituents.

September 2016

View All Film Calendar Entries

Date Location Production Company Production Type
09/30/2016 San Rafael Ln. Ink & Oranges Inc. Stills
09/30/2016 S. Oakland Av. Smuggler Commercial
09/30/2016 S. Oak Knoll Av. Image Locations Stills
09/30/2016 Magnolia Av. Smuggler Commercial
09/29/2016 San Marcos Dr. The Director’s Bureau Commercial
09/29/2016 N. Pasadena Av. The Director’s Bureau Commercial
09/29/2016 N. Fair Oaks Av. ABC Studios TV
09/29/2016 Loma Vista St. Cynthia Perez Photography Stills
09/27/2016 W. Green St. Zero Displacement Stills
09/27/2016 Union St. Skechers Stills
09/27/2016 S. St. John Av. Joinery Commercial
09/27/2016 Raymond Av. Skechers Stills
09/27/2016 Mills Pl. Skechers Stills
09/27/2016 McCormick Alley Skechers Stills
09/27/2016 Holly St. Skechers Stils
09/26/2016 – 09/28/2016 San Pasqual St. Struxture Inc. Stills
09/25/2016 Westminster Dr Women in Film PSA
09/25/2016 E. Washington Bl. NYFA/Hamzah Tarzan Student
09/24/2016 – 09/25/2016 S. San Rafael Av. Tool of North America Commercial
09/24/2016 Eaton Sunnyslope Park From the Heart PSA
09/23/2016 Inverness Dr. Knucklehead Commercial
09/22/2016 S. Oakland Av. Knucklehead Commercial
09/22/2016 Heatherside Rd. Smuggler Commercial
09/21/2016 W. Colorado Bl. ABC Studios TV
09/21/2016 San Pasqual St. Arts and Sciences Commercial
09/21/2016 – 09/22/2016 Rose Bowl Dr. Crown City Pictures Stills
09/21/2016 – 09/22/2016 Rose Bowl Dr. BuzzFeed Inc. Internet
09/21/2016 E. Washington Bl Arts and Sciences Commercial
09/21/2016 E. Walnut St. Move Films, Inc. Commercial
09/20/2016 S. Lake Av. Move Films, Inc. Commercial
09/17/2016 E. Elizabeth St. Picrow, Inc. Stills
09/16/2016 California Ter. World War Seven Commercial
09/15/2016 Mentor Av. Universal TV TV
09/15/2016 Las Lunas St. Dummy Films Commercial
09/15/2016 E. Colorado Bl. Double A Productions Other
09/14/2016 S. Raymond Av. Conscious Minds/US Working Group PSA
09/14/2016 Rose Bowl Dr. Redtail Media, LLC TV
09/14/2016 E. Colorado Bl Conscious Minds/US Working Group PSA
09/13/2016 Madeline Dr.CBS TV
09/11/2016 S. Lake Av. Wild Canary Productions, Inc. Commercial
09/11/2016 E. Washington Bl. USC/Ihila Lesnikova Student
09/10/2016 Rose Bowl Bongo LLC TV
09/09/2016 – 09/10/2016 Avenue Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Inc. Music Video
09/08/2016 S. Oak Knoll CBS TV
09/08/2016 – 09/10/2016 Bellefontaine St. Redtail Media LLC TV
09/08/2016 Avenue 64 Refinery 29 Web
09/07/2016 – 09/09/2016 Pasadena Grid Anyone Collective Commercial
09/07/2016 – 09/08/2016 N. Euclid Av. CBS TV
09/07/2016 N. Euclid Av. CBS TV
09/07/2016 E. Colorado Bl. Ruffian LLC Commercial
09/06/2016 – 09/08/2016 S. San Rafael Av. Kontent Partners Stills
09/01/2016 Linda Vista Av. Big Block Commercial
09/01/2016 Brookside Park Big Block Commercial
08/31/2016 – 09/01/2016 W. Green St. Fly Free Films, LLC Feature
  • Not sure if you need a permit? Send us a Film Inquiry Sheet
  • Ready to file a permit application? Send us a Film Permit
  • Want to film in a park? Complete a Park Reservation Form
  • Not sure on a location? Check our Location Library for ideas (Coming Soon)
  • Want to host filming? Submit your property. (Coming Soon)
  • Got questions? We’re here to help.

Pasadena Film Office
100 N. Garfield Avenue, 4th Floor
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: (626) 744-3964
Fax:  (626) 396-7567

Film Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Fridays from 8 am – 4 pm.
City offices are closed every other Friday.  For a list of closed Fridays please click here

Tacey Tague

Tacey Tague Film Coordinator

Saidy Enciso, Film Coordinator

Saidy Enciso Film Coordinator

Anashe Davoodian, Film Assistant

Anashe Davoodian Film Assistant

Michelle Garrett, Project Manager

Michelle Garrett Project Manager