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Motion picture production is one of California’s most vital industries. El Segundo is a film-friendly environment offering diverse locations from small-town charm and sparkling beaches to industrial settings. Production companies enjoy rapid film permit issuance, flexible hours for filming activities and help with film regulations, insurance requirements, fees, personnel and logistical support.

Our goal is to assist you through the permitting process and what it entails to support a safe and successful project from start to finish with minimal impact on the community. Help us make your project a success by providing the following:

  • Film Permit Application – Complete and sign (Page 1 of Film Permit Application Packet); must include a non-refundable $1,225.00 application fee
  • Notification Letter draft for approval prior to distribution. (Page 3); Delivery deadlines are subject to the impact of the production. Contact the Film Permit Administrator for more information.
  • Notification Declaration once letter is distributed. Complete & Sign (Page 4)
  • Check Fees (Pages 13 and 14 for list of fees)
  • Parking and Plot Plan – Complete (Page 6)
  • Property Owner Consent – Complete and Sign (Page 5)
  • Generator Permit, Contact El Segundo Fire Department Contact information (Page 7)
  • Insurance: a) Certificate of Liability;  b) Endorsement;  c) Workers' Compensation Coverage; d) Waiver of Subrogation (Workers' Compensation) (Pages 10, 11, 12)
  • Applicant Signature on Draft Permit; Sent after completion of the above and City Department approvals.

Use of any public facility within the City may require a rental or use agreement.

Lead Time: Due to notification requirements, five business days minimum lead time is required. Exceptions may allow for shorter lead times.


Application

Download a Complete Film Application Packet.

The Film Application Packet contains all the forms you need:

  • Filming Notification
  • Filming Notification Declaration
  • Permission to Use Property
  • Plot, Site or Parking Map
  • Generator Permit
  • Film Permit and City Location Fees
  • Instructions and Regulations Production Permit Contacts