Filming in California
What is the 30-Mile Studio Zone?
The studio zone is a 30 mile radius used by union film projects to determine per diem rates and driving distances for crew members.
The center of the studio zone is located at the southeast corner of Beverly and La Cienega in Los Angeles California. More than 90 cities and parts of three counties including Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties fall within the 30-Mile Studio Zone.
The CFC does not administer the 30-Mile Studio Zone boundaries. For information on where exactly the studio zone falls within any given jurisdiction please consult the interactive map below as well as specific union agreements.
The zone chart is used as an organizational tool for disseminating contact information about the hundreds of City, County, State and Federal government offices issuing permits to both union and non-union film projects shooting in the Los Angeles metropolitan region of Southern California.
30-Mile Studio Zone Permit Offices Chart (pdf) - This chart is updated annually.
30-Mile Studio Zone Expansion
Several locations that lie outside the 30-mile radius boundary are generally recognized as being within the 30-Mile Studio Zone. These include: Agua Dulce, Castaic (including Lake Castaic), Leo Carrillo State Beach, Ontario International Airport, Piru and Pomona (including the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds). Check the applicable collective bargaining agreement(s) to determine the scope of the Los Angeles Studio Zone. These location contacts and fees are displayed on pages 32-34 of the main 30-Mile Studio Zone Chart.