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.
- 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|
|01/27/2017||N. Lake Av.||Pixel Media||Directors Reel|
|01/26/2017||S. Hudson Av.||World War Seven||Commercial|
|01/26/2017||Lower Arroyo Seco Trail||Lavender and Honey||Stills|
|01/26/2017||E. Walnut St.||World War Seven||Commercial|
|01/25/2017 – 01/26/2017||N. El Molino Av.||Second in Command Prod.||TV|
|01/25/2017||Driving Grid E. California Bl.||Marvel Digital Media Group LLC||DOCS|
|01/25/2017||Driving Grid Colorado Bl.||Marvel Digital Media Group LLC||DOCS|
|01/25/2017||California Ter||Biscuit Filmworks||Commercial|
|01/24/2017||Rose Bowl Dr.||Moxie Pictures||Commercial|
|01/24/2017||N. Los Robles Av.||O Positive||Commercial|
|01/24/2017||N. Garfield Av.||Shelgren Media||Commercial|
|01/23/2017||W. Walnut St.||Ultimo Films, Inc.||Feature|
|01/20/2017||W. Walnut St.||Rocart, Inc.||TV|
|01/20/2017||San Pasqual St.||Framestore Pictures||Commercial|
|01/20/2017||Oakland Av.||Central Productions, Inc.||TV|
|01/20/2017||N. Raymond Av.||Rocart, Inc.||TV|
|01/20/2017||Brainard Alley||Rocart, Inc.||His Wives and Daughters|
|01/19/2017 – 01/20/2017||S. El Molino Av.||Radical Media||Commercial|
|01/19/2017||Rose Bowl Dr.||Warner Bros.||TV|
|01/18/2017 – 01/20/2017||W. Walnut St.||Ultimo Films, Inc.||Feature|
|01/18/2017 – 01/19/2017||S. Marengo Av.||Riveting Entertainment||Music Video|
|01/18/2017||Pasadena Av.||Just Fab||Stills|
|01/18/2017||E. Colorado Bl.||AV Solutions dba Inception Digital||Commercial|
|01/18/2017||Columbia St.||Radical Media||Commercial|
|01/16/2017||S. Oakland Av.||Bounty Content||Commercial|
|01/16/2017||Rose Bowl Dr.||Eyestorm Productions||Commercial|
|01/16/2017||N.Michillinda Av.||Mesquite Productions||TV|
|01/16/2017||E. Washington Bl.||20th Century Fox||TV|
|01/14/2017 – 01/15/2017||N. Chester Av.||AFI/Cameron Hutchison||Student|
|01/11/2017||W. Del Mar Bl.||Horizon Scripted TV||TV|
|01/11/2017||S. Grand Av.||Station Films||Commercial|
|01/11/2017||Grand Av./Madeline Dr./Covington Pl.||Parana Films||Commercial|
|01/11/2017||Covington Pl.||Parana Films||Commercial|
|01/09/2017||Rose Bowl Dr.||Original Productions||TV|
|01/06/2017||S. Euclid Av.||MJZ||Commercial|
|01/06/2017 – 01/07/2017||E. Green St.||Rouge Productions||Feature|
|01/06/2017||E Glenarm St. and S. Arroyo Pkwy.||MJZ||Commercial|
|01/05/2017||W State St.||Radical Media||Commercial|
|01/05/2017 – 01/06/2017||Bellefontaine||Company Prime||TV|
- 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