What is the 30-Mile Studio Zone?

The studio zoneis 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.

30-Mile Studio Zone Map - Interactive

30-Mile Studio Zone Map - Traditional

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 Instructions(pdf)

30-Mile Studio Zone Permit Offices Chart(pdf)-This chart is updated annually.

30-Mile Studio Zone Chart - Comparison of Extended-Hour Filming Requirements(pdf)

FilmL.A. / Los Angeles Film Office

Additional Locations Include:

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 Castaic Lake), Leo Carrillo State Beach, Ontario International Airport, Piru, Pomona (including the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds) and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Ranch property. These location contacts and fees are displayed on pages 32-34 of the main 30-Mile Studio Zone Chart.

Note: these additional inclusions are not subject to the special rules for the Secondary Studio Zone.

Check the applicable collective bargaining agreement(s) to determine the scope of the Los Angeles Studio Zone.

Secondary Studio Zone

Ratified by Teamsters, Local 399 and the I.A.T.S.E. in August, 2015 the "Secondary Studio Zone" refers to an area extending ten (10) miles from the perimeter ofthe Studio Zone and including John Wayne Airport. Please note: the Secondary Zone does not apply to members of the Directors Guild of America and SAG_AFTRA.

When employees (members of Local 399 and the I.A.T.S.E. only) are directed to report to a location within the Secondary Studio Zone, the following shall apply:

1. Producer shall notify employees not less than 24 hours in advance that it intends to require employees to report to a location within the Second Studio Zone. Such notification shall not constitute a work call.

2. Mileage shall be paid from the studio or production office to and from the location within the Secondary Studio Zone. In addition, the Producer shall pay a $4.50 per day allowance to each employee asked to report within the Secondary Studio Zone.

3. Courtesy housing shall be offered to those employees who work in excess of twelve (12) hours in the Secondary Studio Zone.

4. Rest periods shall be calculated from the perimeter of the thirty (30) mile Studio Zone. A designated representative of the Producer and a designated representative of the IATSE shall determine the amount of time needed to travel between the Secondary Studios Zone location and the perimeter of the 30-mile Zone for purposes of calculating rest periods. In the event of a dispute, the matter shall be referred to a representative of the Union and to the Labor Relations representative of the Producer for resolution.

5. Except as otherwise provided herein, all of the other provisions applicable to an employee reporting within the thirty (30) mile Studio Zone shall apply.

6. The Union agrees to not unreasonably deny waivers for locations, such as Lake Hughes, Elizabeth Lake and the Nikken Building in Irvine, that are outside the thirty (30) mile Studio Zone and the Secondary Studio Zone, to be treated as within the Secondary Studio Zone.