Film Office

Due to COVID-19, the City of Pasadena Is Accepting Film Permit Applications Under Special Conditions

The City of Pasadena will begin accepting film permit applications starting on Monday, June 29, 2020. The City of Pasadena has revised the Film Office Guidelines to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on our community.  All proposed film and photography applications must adhere to the City of Pasadena Public Health Order for Filming and conform to these Special Conditions.

Please refer to the attached documents.

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About 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.

175 North Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
M-Th: 8am - 5pm
F: 8am - 4pm (Closed every other Friday)

Filming in Pasadena

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.

Filming FAQ View Film Calendar

Get a Film Permit

All filming of commercial motion pictures and still photography requires a permit., whether on public or private property.

Apply for a Permit

Supplemental forms may be required as part of your application.

View Supplemental Forms

Filming Permit Terms and Conditions

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.

Film Permits - Special ConditionsTerms, Conditions & Guidelines
Additional Filming Guidelines

Film Locations

Pasadena has over 1,000 locations within City Limits.
Search our Locations Catalog for your next location.

Closed Days / Holidays

Check the City's Closure Schedule for upcoming holidays and closed Fridays.

Holiday Moratorium

The City of Pasadena Film Office Annual Moratorium will take place Friday, December 18th - Sunday, January 3rd, 2021.  Film permits will not be issued during this time.  The Film Office will reopen on Monday, January 4th and the first day of filming activity will be Saturday, January 9th.