Last update: Friday, 3/20/20 @ 10:15 a.m.

By order of local authorities, on-location filming has been shut down in the City and County of Los Angeles. Limitations and restrictions on business activity and public gatherings, with consequences for film production on-location, are now in effect across Los Angeles County. FilmLA is not accepting or processing any applications to film at this time.

Learn more about these limits. and a helpful option from FilmLA if your filming plans are affected.



A WORD FROM FILMLA

The emergence of Coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – as an international public health concern has prompted governments, employers, schools, labor organizations and families across the globe to take action to protect life and safety.

FilmLA encourages all Angelenos to exercise their right to seek and receive reliable, trustworthy information about COVID-19 from authoritative sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO)., and LA County Department of Public Health.

We hope all will stay safe during this difficult time. 


FILMING RESTRICTIONS BY JURISDICTION

All on-location filming, along with other forms of business activity and public gatherings, has temporarily been shut down by order of local authorities. A summary of these limits is presented below. 

City of Los Angeles UPDATED

As of midnight on March 19, 2020, a “Safer at Home” Order applies in the City of Los Angeles. Temporary limits on non-essential business activity and public gatherings are in effect to protect the public and slow the spread of COVID-19.  These limits have specific implications for on-location filming, namely:

 

  • All on-location filming in the City of Los Angeles is ordered to stop by midnight tonight.
  • All applications for on-location film permits for any location in the city limits of the City of Los Angeles shall be rejected through at least March 31.
  • Any existing on-location film permits that have already been issued for filming between March 20, 2020 and March 31, 2020 are hereby revoked.

 

County of Los Angeles UPDATED

As of midnight on March 19, 2020, a “Safer at Home” Public Health Order applies in the County of Los Angeles. Temporary limits on non-essential business activity and public gatherings are in effect to protect the public and slow the spread of COVID-19.  These limits have specific implications for on-location filming, namely:

 

  • All on-location filming in unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles is ordered to stop by midnight on March 19, 2020.
  • No applications for on-location film permits will be processed for any location in the unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles until March 31, 2020. 
  • Any existing on-location film permits already been issued for filming between March 20, 2020 and March 31, 2020 will no longer be valid.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


PERMIT APPLICATION SUSPENSION

Recognizing the extraordinary impact of the COVID-19 State of Emergency on our customers, FilmLA has developed a program to help those who recently submitted valid film permit applications, but were subsequently unable to execute their filming plans.

As a reminder, all filmmakers who request permits from FilmLA acknowledge that “before a permit (or rider) shall be issued, permittee shall pay to FilmLA the applicable permit (or rider) application or processing fee as well as all estimated use charges and other fees (including clean-up and repair deposits) of the Permit Authority (or any of its departments) in connection with such permit (or rider).

There are two ways to take advantage of this program.

Option 1:  Government Order

FilmLA will “pause” or suspend a film permit application for up to 60 days following the original permit application date.

To qualify for this program, and claim a suspension, filmmakers must:

  • Have submitted to FilmLA a complete film permit application that included filming start dates occurring on or after March 10, 2020.
  • Have experienced a complete inability to film at one or more requested locations, due to direct government action that: 1) Closed requested locations to filming, or 2) Imposed limitations on total size of cast and crew.
  • Have paid all FilmLA and government fees related to the application, either previously, or at the time the suspension request is communicated to FilmLA.
  • Request suspension, pending approval, in writing by email to the FilmLA Production Coordinator assigned to your permit, within ten (10) days of permit cancellation. 
  • FilmLA will attempt, but cannot guarantee, suspension/recovery of government fees.           

Option 2:  Voluntary Action

This option benefits a small group of filmmakers whose plans were not directly affected by government action, but who were moved to cancel their own shoots in the early days of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Under this option, FilmLA will “pause” or suspend the permit application for up to 60 days following the original permit application date.

To qualify for this program, and claim a suspension, filmmakers must:

  • Have submitted to FilmLA a complete film permit application by March 13, 2020 or earlier, including locations with filming dates starting March 10, 2020 or later.    
  • Have experienced a complete inability to film at one or more requested locations, due to voluntary permit cancellation amid COVID-19 concerns.
  • Have paid all FilmLA and government fees related to the application, either previously, or at the time the suspension request is communicated to FilmLA.     
  • Request suspension, pending approval, in writing by email to the FilmLA Production Coordinator assigned to your permit, within ten (10) days of permit cancellation. 
  • FilmLA will attempt, but cannot guarantee, suspension/recovery of government fees.           

Please note that there is now a widely-known risk of production shutdown in a rapidly changing business and policy environment.  Going forward, filmmakers who submit permit applications to FilmLA on or after March 16, 2020 are ineligible for Option 2.  Keep up-to-date on changes in our client policies using our COVID-19 Resource Center.