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.
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.
- Permission to Use Property Form
- Parking Plan Submission & Posting Requirements
- Notification & Signature Requirements
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.
|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|
|09/29/2016||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||S. St. John Av.||Joinery||Commercial|
|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|
|09/22/2016||S. Oakland Av.||Knucklehead||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|
|09/11/2016||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.
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