Filming - Questions and Answers

What types of filming require a filming permit?

Any filming or electronic video taping for educational, entertainment or other commercial purposes, other than for news purposes, at any place other than an established motion picture or television studio.

At what times can filming take place?

Filming is limited between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. However, later hours are sometimes allowed when the filming is exclusively in a business or industrial area.

What is the life of a single filming permit?

A single filming permit can be issued to cover a period of up to five consecutive days. A new permit is required for additional filming.

Where is filming allowed in Glendale?

There are no areas of the City where filming is prohibited. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, allowing the City to be as flexible as possible. Since parking and traffic are major concerns of the City, applications are more likely to be approved for filming which does not require a significant amount of parking, is not in a potentially congested area, and/or is not near major construction projects. In addition, film companies are encouraged to arrange to park their equipment and vehicles in privately-owned areas as much as possible.

How long does it usually take to process a filming permit application?

The City may require up to three working days to process permits involving the use of City services and/or property and up to two days for other filming permits. The City will not guarantee that the application will be processed in any less time. However, when the application is made, based on the issues involved with the filming, the Filming Permit Coordinator will provide the applicant with an estimate of how long he or she thinks processing will take. This can be from one day to the maximum required time.

Does the City of Glendale encourage or discourage filming?

As with all legitimate businesses, the City supports the business of film companies and recognizes the importance of the film of the film industry to the economy of the City and State. However, the protection of the community's permanent residents and businesses is always the City's first priority. Therefore, the City makes an attempt to balance the needs of all parties involved in reviewing and issuing filming permits.

How are the fee amounts established?

The City establishes its fees at levels which will recover its costs incurred to issue and enforce the permits. The purpose for charging two times the salary for City personnel is to cover overtime and overhead costs.

What type of enforcement is there to ensure that the conditions of the permit are met?

If Fire and/or Police personnel are assigned to the filming, they will be responsible for enforcing the conditions of the permit. Any significant violations will result in immediate revocation of the permit. If City personnel are not assigned on-site, inspections may be made by Fire and/or Police personnel.