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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.
Holiday Moratorium 2017-2018
The City of Pasadena’s annual filming moratorium is from December 22nd – January 3rd due to the City’s focus on assisting the Rose Bowl Game/ Rose Bowl Parade and other holiday and Tournament of Roses activities. The Film Office will also be closed from December 22nd – January 3rd, therefore film permits will not be granted during this time period. In addition, permits submitted for filming between November 18th-December 21st will be reviewed and considered case by case especially in commercial areas. The Film Office will reopen on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018; the first day of filming is Tuesday, January 9th, 2018.
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|
|10/26/2017||Westmoreland Pl||Miles Partnership LLLP||Documentary|
|10/26/2017||Colorado Blvd||Miles Partnership, LLLP||Documentary|
|10/09/2017 – 10/12/2017||N Allen Ave||Green Harbor Productions||Reality TV|
|10/05/2017 – 10/09/2017||E Washington Blvd||Next Step Productions||TV|
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