2016-17 Holiday Filming Restrictions

FilmL.A.For Filmmakers, Production Alerts

2016 – 2017 Holiday filming restrictions and moratoriums for FilmL.A. served areas are as follows:



City of Los Angeles

In an effort to reduce the impacts of construction, events and filming to businesses and merchants that rely on revenue generated during the holiday season, the City of Los Angeles implements a relaxation of production activity in commercial districts from November 21, 2016 through January 2, 2017.

Filming activity including lane closures, street closures and street parking will be limited in all commercial/retail areas of the City during this time period.

Individual filming requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must meet a standard of minimal impact that satisfies the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, the Department of Transportation, the local City Council office and the Los Angeles Police Department.


In an ongoing effort to provide future filming opportunities on active roads in Southern California, the LAX Film Office and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has requested that FilmL.A. issue the following:

There will be a temporary moratorium on any permit requests for closures and/or rolling breaks on all roadways within a four (4) mile radius of LAX from November 21, 2016 through January 6, 2017.

This short term measure will continue to ensure that the LAX area will remain viable for more anticipated filming requests after the holiday season has concluded.

Consideration of permit requests for filming prior to or after the moratorium dates will continue to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with reference to the existing guidelines.


The City of Santa Monica will impose a holiday moratorium that will go into effect on November 21st, 2016 and last through January 2nd, 2017. During the holiday moratorium, filming and production parking will not be permitted in commercial areas of the City of Santa Monica.

The areas affected by the moratorium are:

Downtown Santa Monica (DTSM) Wilshire Blvd., Lincoln Blvd., I-10 Fwy., Ocean Ave.
Main Street Main St., between Pico Blvd., and Santa Monica City limits (Marine St.)
Montana Avenue Montana Ave., between 6th Ct., and 17th St.
Pico Blvd. Pico Blvd., between the Pacific Ocean to eastern Santa Monica limits (Centinela)

While some exceptions may be made for very small/low impact shoots, please allow additional time (beyond the normal 5 business days) for waiver approval.

For detailed information regarding restricted areas and for assistance in planning film production activity during this period, please call FilmL.A.’s Production Planning team at (213) 977-8600.