What the Park Film Office does:
- Provide information and reservations that result in issuing permits
- Provide staff to meet and confer with location managers
- Obtain Park Maintenance Supervisor and Recreation Director approval of requested site
- Write guidelines for each individual permit
- Work in conjunction with Film LA, Inc., to approve and issue the permit
There are 437 parks and 184 recreation centers that the Department manages. There is a power node
located at Griffith Park in the Upper Old Zoo area. Although each park and facility is unique, the step to filming or photography activities is the same. The following is an outline of these steps given to inquiring production companies and the costs associated with obtaining a permit from the Department for those activities:
STEPS TO FILMING AT LOS ANGELES CITY PARKS
|1.||Determine the location that suits the look wanted and decide on the approximate dates and times needed|
|2.||Call the Park Film Office at (323) 644-6220 to request information on your location and reservation procedure. Staff will provide information of any rules, procedures and/or restrictions that may apply to the request|
|3.||Film LA, Inc., issues permits and collects fees on behalf of the City of Los Angeles, call them at (213) 977-8600 to arrange for your permit. Currently, the location fees charged to use City parkland for filming are as follows:|
|4.||A Park Monitor may be required depending on what is being done and location of filming. Currently, the rate for a Park Monitor is $38/hour. The monitor will facilitate the filming while protecting park resources|
|5.||If there are any changes or cancellations the Park Film Office must be informed; if no one answers please leave a message. In addition, contact must be made with the Film Monitor to give them call time changes or cancellations|
The location fee may be waived for students, press (with valid I.D.), non-profit organizations with proper documentation, government entities, and those producing programming for broadcast over public access channels in the City of Los Angeles; provided they do not require the area to be expressly reserved for their use and are willing to work around all other park activities. Film LA, Inc., will determine fee waiver requirements in addition to any other permit (Fire, Police, etc.) and insurance needs.
Please note: Waivers do not include film monitor, special facility fees, utility or fees incurred by Film LA, Inc., or other entities.