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.
Do I need a Permit?
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 permits. 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.
Apply for a Permit
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 terms, conditions, and operational guidelines. 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|
|08/25/2017||E California Blvd||Giovanni Jance Productions F/32||Stills|
|08/24/2017||S Oakland Ave||All Good Things Productions, Inc||Commercial|
|08/24/2017||Rose Bowl Dr||Greenpoint Pictures||Commercial|
|08/23/2017||S Oak Knoll Ave||Autonomy Productions||TV|
|08/23/2017||S Euclid Ave||ABC Studios||TV|
|08/23/2017||E Washington Blvd||Universal Television LLC||TV|
|08/23/2017 – 08/24/2017||E Foothill Blvd||CBS Corporation||TV|
|08/22/2017||Burleigh Dr||Warner Bros Television||TV|
|08/21/2017||S Grand Ave||All Good Things Productions, Inc||Commercial|
|08/21/2017||E Green St||All Good Things Productions, Inc||Commercial|
|08/21/2017||E Elizabeth St||Mitu||Web|
|08/21/2017||Cordova St||All Good Things Productions, Inc||Commercial|
|08/20/2017||S Allen Ave||Society Inc||Commercial|
|08/18/2017||N Los Robles Ave||East West Bank||Corporate Video|
|08/18/2017||E Green St||Twentieth Century Fox Television||TV|
|08/17/2017 – 08/18/2017||Rose Bowl Dr||UPROXX Media||Commercial|
|08/17/2017 – 08/18/2017||Prospect Cr||Autonomy Productions, LLC||TV|
|08/16/2017||S Oak Knoll Ave||Walt Disney||Stills|
|08/16/2017||Arlington Dr||Fit Productions||Web Series|
|08/15/2017||Avenue 64||Green Glow Productions||Web Series|
|08/14/2017||E Washington Blvd||Pineapple Lasagne Productions, Inc||Feature|
|08/13/2017||E Green St||Andrew Dominguez||Director’s Reel|
|08/10/2017 – 08/29/2017||S Raymond Ave||Pineapple Lasagne Productions, Inc||Feature|
|08/10/2017||Bellefontaine St||ABC Studios||TV|
|08/09/2017||E California Blvd||CBS Studios, Inc||TV|
|08/08/2017 – 08/09/2017||E. Green St.||ABC Studios||TV|
|08/08/2017||Colorado Bl.||Universal TV||TV|
|08/06/2017||Worcester Av.||Moving Picture Institute||Directors Reel|
|08/06/2017||E. Colorado Bl.||Moving Picture Institute||Directors Reel|
|08/05/2017||Bryant St||Freeman Productions||PSA|
|08/04/2017||N. Arroyo Bl.||Pasadena Community Foundation||PSA|
|08/04/2017||E. Colorado Bl.||Newthie Pictures||Feature|
|08/04/2017||E Walnut St||Freeman Productions||PSA|
|08/03/2017 – 08/04/2017||Manzanita Av.||Moving Picture Institute||Directors Reel|
|08/02/2017||Linda Vista Av.||Bob Industries||Commercial|
|08/02/2017||Lida St||Art Center/Kristy Fung||Student|
When should I contact the Film Office?
- 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.
Residents may call the Film Office (626) 744-3964 during business hours (Mon-Thursday 7AM -5PM and every other Friday 7AM – 4PM). We are happy to address any concerns before, during and after film shoots.
After business hours, residents may either speak to the film monitor or police officer assigned to the shoot. Residents may also call the Police Watch Commander 626-744-4241 for non-emergency issues.
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