Glendale Film Office
613 E. Broadway, Suite 200
Glendale, CA 91206
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Office is dark on Fridays and closed on weekends
Welcome to the City of Glendale's Film Office!
The Glendale Film Office coordinates all productions wishing to film in Glendale. Productions include motion pictures, television, commercials, college-student films, non-profit organization pieces, and still photography.
A film permit is required for all filming on public or private property. Before filming in Glendale, individuals must apply for a filming permit with the Glendale Film Office. For more information or to submit a filming application, please email us at FilmandEvents@glendaleca.gov or call (818) 548-4844.
Here's Everything You Need to Know About Filming in Glendale
Glendale is nestled between the San Rafael Mountains and downtown Los Angeles, creating opportunities to film anywhere from the middle of a mountain range to the heart of a bustling city. That includes the City of Glendale Civic Center and its Old Police Station, which are both open to filming. Click here for the Glendale film locations look book!
Glendale welcomes filming with open arms; however, it is the City’s duty to ensure a high quality of life for Glendale residents. The City requests that all film crews are respectful to the neighborhoods in which they film. Overnight filming is allowed; however, Glendale's noise ordinance restricts loud noises from 7am to 10pm.
Students and nonprofits must submit a student letter or proof of nonprofit status to receive a discount! The discount reduces the application fee from $364 to $169, and the City's Fire and Police Review Fees will be waived.
What We Need:
- General Filming Application
- Certificate of Liability Insurance AND Additional Insured Endorsement Form
- Plot Plan: See "What to Include in the General Film Permit Application"
- Neighborhood Verification and Notification Forms
- Permission to Use Private Property Form - if filming on private property
Here is a list of Glendale's Filming Fees!
What to include in the General Film Permit Application
The Filming Application must be submitted at least four business days before filming, excluding Fridays. The application must give detailed information regarding the proposed filming.
When applying for a filming permit, a plot plan (Google Maps or diagram of choice) of the area where the filming will take place must accompany the application. The plan must be on 8 ½” by 11” paper and show the location of all roadways, requested “no parking” areas, bus zones, structures and access points in the area of filming and how equipment location, vehicles and filming activities will relate to the area.
To film at one of Glendale's beautiful parks, an individual must complete and submit an additional Parks application to the Community Services and Parks Department. Park Permit fees must be paid separately from the General Film Permit fees. Please contact Norma Mower at (818) 937-7216, or via email at email@example.com, for information and park availability.
- General Liability (MUST name City of Glendale as Additional Insured on Endorsement)
- An Additional Insured Endorsement is required naming the City of Glendale as an additional insured “The City of Glendale, and its officers, agents, employees, and representatives are included as additional insureds under the policy(s).” This insurance is primary to the coverage of the City of Glendale. The insurance company will not cancel, terminate, or reduce the insurance afforded under the policy unless 30 days notice of such cancellation, termination, or reduction has been mailed to the City of Glendale.
- The endorsement must have the policy number printed on it even if there isn’t a designated space for it.
- Please note that the City’s Special Endorsement (L-15) is no longer acceptable.
- Please be advised that additional insurance may be required based on the description of the event.
- The Certificate Holder should appear as follows:
A $364.00 application fee is required. If the applicant is a charitable nonprofit organization, a low budget production (must be a Glendale business or resident meet additional criteria), or a student working on a class project, the fee is reduced to $169. If City property will be used, an additional fee of $451.00 per day is charged. In addition, if any changes are made to the application during processing, the application must complete an Application Revision Form and pay a $109.00 application revision fee. Please see itemized list for fees.
After the application is submitted, it is routed through the proper departments for approval. Risk Management, Glendale Police and Fire departments will always review the application.
Glendale’s Police and Fire will determine if Fire and/or Police personnel should be assigned on-site for safety purposes. The Fire department may determine that no standby Fire personnel are required, but that an inspection will be sufficient.
Review fees will be charged by both Fire and Police departments. If it is determined that public safety services are necessary, the applicant must pay an hourly fee for personnel. If any other City personnel is required, or requested, respective hourly fees will be charged. There is a minimum of four (4) hours for each City employee assigned. If cancelled less than 24 hours before filming, the minimum of four (4) hours also will be charged.
*Please note: All city personnel assignments will be scheduled in accordance to the “Requested Officer Hours” section of the permit application. Once personnel are on site, they will stay and be compensated for the duration of their scheduled assignment. Applicants should request and schedule accordingly.