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.

The City of Pasadena’s annual filming moratorium is from December 21st – January 5th due to the City’s focus on assisting the Rose Bowl Game/ Rose Parade and other holiday and Tournament of Roses activities. The Film Office will also be closed from December 21st – January 3rd, therefore film permits will not be granted during this time period.  In addition, permits submitted for filming in commercial areas between November 18th-December 20th will be reviewed and considered case by case. The Film Office will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2016; the first day of filming is Friday, January 6, 2016.

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.

December 2016

View All Film Calendar Entries

Date Location Production Company Production Type
12/16/2016 E. Green St. Washing Machine Stills
12/15/2016 – 12/16/2016 S. Madison Av. Smuggler Inc. Commercial
12/15/2016 Rosemont Av. MJZ Commercial
12/15/2016 Rose Bowl Dr. MJZ Commercial
12/15/2016 Armada Dr. 3 Ball Entertainment TV
12/14/2016 Wellington Av. Robinson Film Inc. Commercial
12/14/2016 W. Del Mar Bl. Horizon Scripted Television TV
12/14/2016 St. John Av. Horizon Scripted Television TV
12/13/2016 E. Elizabeth St. Detour Commercial
12/13/2016 Bellefontaine St. Detour Commercial
12/12/2016 – 12/13/2016 E. Washington Bl. ABC Studios TV
12/12/2016 Avenue 64 Imperial Woodpecker Commercial
12/11/2016 Rose Bowl Dr. Radical Media Commercial
12/11/2016 – 12/12/2016 N. Summit Av. Granite City Productions TV
12/09/2016 St. John Av. Horizon Scripted TV TV
12/09/2016 – 12/10/2016 S .Marengo Av. Serial Pictures Commercial
12/08/2016 12/11/2016 Armada Dr. NYFA/Vanessa Rath
12/06/2016 Palmetto Dr. Lockbox Productions Stills
12/05/2016 – 12/06/2016 Oakland Av. S CBB Productions TV Series
12/04/2016 Mountain Av. D&J Productions TV
12/02/2016 S. Grand Ave. CBB Productions TV
12/02/2016 E. Washington Bl. 20th Century Fox TV
12/01/2016 – 12/03/2016 S. Fair Oaks Av. LMU/Jenna Park Student
12/01/2016 E. Washington Bl. Tool of North America Commercial
11/30/2016 – 12/02/2016 S. Oakland Av. Glitter Pictures LLC. TV
11/30/2016 – 12/01/2016 S. Oak Knoll Av. LRH Productions Commercial
  • 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