Filming in Your Neighborhood

Is a film company planning to film a movie, TV show or TV commercial in your neighborhood?

Greater Los Angeles is the film, television and commercial production capital of the world, and the region is rightly celebrated for its creative workforce and unique collection of filming locations.

But these locations are often found in neighborhoods where Angelenos live and work. That’s why we believe all filming should be conducted with professionalism, courtesy and respect.

FilmLA helps coordinate film permits and works closely with public authorities to make sure filming in your community is legal and safe.

We invite you to contact us at any time. FilmLA is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, but our on-call line is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends.

Frequently Asked Questions About Filming On-Location

Filming Rules and Regulations

Rules applying to on-location filming are similar across all City and County jurisdictions served by FilmLA. A standard process applies to Obtain a Film Permit. Specific requirements unique to each jurisdiction can be found on our Area Requirements page.

Local authorities will generally approve film permits within the following guidelines. These guidelines can be exceeded after circulating a Community Filming Survey to collect feedback about additional activity.

Standard Hours: In residential areas, Standard filming hours during Monday to Friday are from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM. On the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

Intermittent Traffic Control: Traffic can be held for up to two minutes by Traffic Officers only

Intermittent Pedestrian Control: Pedestrian traffic can be held for up to two minutes by Traffic Officers only, however a production may ask a pedestrian to wait while filming.

Production Vehicle Parking: Filmmakers may request posted “no parking” areas for use by commercial production vehicles, Production vehicles may only be parked on one side of the street, however both sides may be posted for clearance. These signs are placed by the LADOT a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Standard Activities: Standard filming activities include interior and exterior dialogue, intermittent pedestrian control (with traffic officer), temporary “no parking” signs, interior / exterior dialogue, intermittent traffic control, curb lane closures, performance and playback.

Area Special Conditions

For safety and sustainability reasons, filming in some neighborhoods come with additional guidelines to follow. These neighborhood-specific guidelines are referred to as Area Special Conditions. A current list of Area Special Conditions is available in the For Filmmakers section of this site.

Upcoming Community Events

FilmLA proudly supports events that bring the film industry and local communities closer together. For several years, we have also sponsored a Summer Movies in the Park series in conjunction with City and County partners. As they occur, we'll routinely post some upcoming events that may interest you below. If you’d like to discuss bringing a FilmLA sponsored event to your area, please get in touch.