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.
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|
|12/16/2016||E. Green St.||Washing Machine||Stills|
|12/15/2016 – 12/16/2016||S. Madison Av.||Smuggler Inc.||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|
|12/12/2016 – 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.
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