Guide to Filming on State Property
Advance Notice Requirements:
The California Film Commission (CFC) requires a minimum of four (4) business days advance notice to process applications not requiring traffic control or complex activities. A two-week minimum is required for lane or road closures. Different State Agencies have different advance notice requirements and multiple agencies may be involved. Approvals are based on impact to the property. Advanced notice is required to better determine the amount of monitors that may be assigned to the shoot.
Production Companies must have current insurance on file at the CFC in the amount and of the type required by the State. The State has different insurance requirements for different types of activities. All certificates must name the State of California as Additional Insured. Please contact the respective CFC Permit desk, Caltrans, State Parks or Facilities, for the requirements for your shoot. We will fax you the appropriate insurance information sheet for your activities.
Fees & Minimums:
The CFC does not charge for its services, and the State of California does not charge location fees. However, some State Agencies collect direct cost reimbursement through review and/or monitor fees. Please call us for information on current hourly rates and minimums.
Filming activities may necessitate the assignment of inspection and/or law enforcement personnel. State employee reimbursements vary depending on the property. Questions should be directed to the respective desk at 323.860.2960. Caltrans extension 104, State Parks extension 106 and State Buildings and Facilities extension 107.
California Highway Patrol (CHP):
The CHP Film Liaison reviews all Caltrans Encroachment Permit Applications, advises companies on movie detail monitor assignments and schedules officers. Officers are not automatically assigned and, if not ordered in advance by the company, may prevent the filming from taking place. It is the film company's responsibility to contact the CHP Film Desk at 323.860.2960 extension 103, a minimum of 72 hours prior to filming to determine whether officers are needed and available, and to determine if local law enforcement should be involved.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal oversees fire, special effects and life safety issues on State property. Fire safety officers or advisors assigned from a local jurisdiction may be required under provisions set by the Fire Marshal review. Special effects, indoor filming, large crews, projectile pyrotechnics and filming during fire season or in fire-sensitive areas are examples of activities that may warrant fire safety officer (FSO) or advisor (FSA) assignment. Monitor fees are determined by and billed through the local jurisdiction. The Deputy Fire Marshal Film Liaison may be reached directly at 213.700.5884.