State Film Permits
Online Permit Application
Apply for your permit to shoot on state-owned property and track your permit status.
March 26, 2020
The California Film Commission is open and our permit coordinators are working remotely. We are advising everyone to obey all State, County and City orders in effect regarding non-essential businesses. Applications will be processed on a case by case basis.
At this time State Parks have closed their parking lots and are not allowing groups of any kind larger than 10 people. Most Districts are unable to process applications at this time or permit filming.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has suspended all non-essential activities including filming. Other State buildings and facilities are closed to filming as well due to the Governor’s shelter in place order. Caltrans will consider applications on a case by case basis that follow the shelter in place guidelines for each district.
The CFC has a new permit application system. You will need to create a new account to begin using the new system. Your login will be the email address that you use to create the account. You will be asked to request a key each time you want to log in. The key will be emailed to you. You will then be sent to the application home page where you can create an application or view applications you have already started or submitted.
All state permit applications must be submitted four (4) business days / 96 hours (weekends and holidays are not considered business days) prior to the first prep/shoot day. Caltrans ramp and lane closures require a minimum of at least twelve (12) business days in advance of prep/shoot; freeway closures require a minimum of sixteen (16) business days.
Monitor Payments and Permit Issuance: The California Film Commission cannot issue permits until all estimated monitor fees and other cost recovery payments have been received by the permit staff. This rule applies to all permit requests without exception.