A new way to apply for permits IS here.
On August 9, FilmLA commenced full-time use of MyFilmLA – our next-generation online permit system – for complete film permit management. Moving forward, every step of the permit process from application intake, to government approval and release, will be handled in MyFilmLA.
MyFilmLA was introduced in March 2021. Shortly after release, select groups of FilmLA customers were granted access to the platform on an invitation basis, with the goal of opening MyFilmLA to all customers in the near future.
Now that MyFilmLA access is open to all, we have commenced an orderly phase out of our legacy permit system, OPS.
If you already had an application planned or in progress in OPS, not to worry. Applications started in OPS will be coordinated in OPS, as for a short while it is necessary that both systems work in parallel.
Register for a MyFilmLA account today, and experience a system designed from the ground up to make film permits easier than ever to obtain.
NEW SYSTEM FEATURES
MyFilmLA is all new, and some system features will be unfamiliar to longtime customers. Some of the features of the new technology include:
Streamlined Permit Release
The rapid release of Location Authorizations (LAs) as they are approved is built into FilmLA’s updated workflow. FilmLA customers can apply for up to ten locations on one application just like before – but can now expect to receive multiple Location Authorizations, each the equivalent of a separate legally valid film permit, as soon as all requirements related to that LA are met.
GIS Location Intelligence
FilmLA’s technology investment improves access to information by FilmLA's Solution Services, Permit Operations, and Community Relations teams. This feature enables FilmLA staff to provide better customer service and counsel to film industry customers. It also allows filming locations, basecamp locations, and crew parking locations to be mapped for better conflict avoidance.
Automated Invoice Generation
Customers have the ability to view and download invoices that have been paid or are pending payment through a dedicated payment portal. Any payment, including your FilmLA Permit Application Fee due up front, and estimated fees assessed later, can be processed and applied to your account in real time.
Easy Document Uploads
The ability to upload and attach required documents to current and future applications means fewer emails to send and keep track of. Insurance paperwork, barricade plans, Community Filming Survey forms – attach these and more to your permit application for safekeeping and quick review.
MYFILMLA RELEASE TIMELINE
MyFilmLA registration opened to all at my.filmla.com. All users were required to complete a new registration, as existing OPS Account logins only provide access to that legacy system.
This was the last day to apply for a permit via FilmLA's legacy system at ops.filmla.com. Applications were due by 3:00 p.m. PDT, otherwise they needed to be re-entered in MyFilmLA.
From this date forward, all new permit applications and customer / approver interactions require a new MyFilmLA Account.
Please note that all in-progress applications submitted via ops.filmla.com and/or adjustments to recently released permits will continue to be handled through the legacy system. Whichever system the work is started in, it will stay in, until the entire transaction is complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. If you already have an OPS Account, you will need to register for a new MyFilmLA Account and choose a new password. You may, however, sign into MyFilmLA using your existing FilmLA Reservations system login, if you already have one.