Film Permits

Film Oasis works closely with the Riverside County Film Commission, nine Coachella Valley cities and other entities to expedite the permitting process. Depending on the location(s) you choose, you may be required to obtain a permit from more than one city or agency.

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Riverside County Film Commission

City of Cathedral City

City of Coachella

City of Desert Hot Springs

City of Indian Wells

City of Indio

City of La Quinta

City of Palm Desert

City of Palm Springs

City of Rancho Mirage

Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

U.S. Forest Service

Tribal Lands

Imperial County Film Commission

 

 

Riverside County Film Commission

The Riverside County Film Commission serves as the County’s official film office providing a comprehensive directory of services including an online permit application for County-owned properties and unincorporated areas. The Film Commission also offers incentives including film permit waivers. www.rcfilmtv.org/Home.aspx

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 Fountain of Life

City of Cathedral City

68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Main: 760.770.0340
www.cathedralcity.gov

Hours:
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Closed Friday

Travelers say that Cathedral City’s festivals and special events continually draw them back to this “Most Livable” city; a hometown vibe, desert flora and scenic golf courses make them want to stay. The Festival Lawn in front of the Spanish-inspired Civic Center plays host to many popular events including the Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival, Taste of Jalisco and LGBT Days. The historic Cathedral City Cove neighborhood, once home to renowned artists like Agnes Pelton, remains a vibrant artist community.

Contacts
Leisa A. Lukes, Economic Development Manager, llukes@cathedralcity.gov
760.770.0386
Ken Davis, Assistant Planner, kdavis@cathedralcity.gov
760.770.0374

Permits
Processing Time: 1-3 business days (longer if fire, police and engineering are involved)
Fees: Still photography $50 plus $10/day or $50/week; Motion $100 plus $25/day or $125/week. The City generally does not require a film permit if filming takes place on private property.

Insurance
Minimum $1 million dollar liability

Police/Sheriff/Fire: Assessed on case-by-case basis

Download permit application

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City of Coachella

City of Coachella

1515 Sixth Street
Coachella, CA 92236
Main: 760.398.3502
www.coachella.org

Hours:
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Closed Friday

Perched at the easternmost edge of the valley, Coachella is abundant in fresh fruit, vegetables and local dates from the surrounding fields and groves. The city boasts art, history and culture in the heart of downtown at Pueblo Viejo.  There, you can take a walking tour of the vibrant Coachella Walls street mural project and see the Casa de Trabajador where famous Latino-American civil rights activist Cesar Chavez spent time organizing farmworkers. This growing, family-oriented community is also home to the Coachella Boxing Club and several spacious parks. The 1,400-foot-long community Shady Lane Mural across from Dateland Park is a must-see.

Contacts
Hector Molina, Code Compliance Manager, hmolina@coachella.org, 760.398.4978.
Secondary contact: Luis Lopez, Development Services Director, llopez@coachella.org, 760.398.3102,

Permits
Processing Time: 1-5 business days
Fees: None
Still photography $50 per day, $100 annual fee, and $500 bond
Motion: Flat fee of $120

Insurance
Minimum $1 million dollar liability

Police/Sheriff: At cost, determined by City and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Coachella Police Department.

Fire: At cost, as determined by City and Riverside County Fire Department

Road Encroachment Permit: Assessed on case-by-case basis

Download permit application

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Cabot's Pueblo Museum

City of Desert Hot Springs

65-950 Pierson Boulevard
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Main: 760.329.6411
www.cityofdhs.org

Hours:
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Closed Friday

Sitting over one of the world’s finest natural hot mineral water aquifers, Desert Hot Springs boasts nearly three dozen health spas and spa hotels, ranging from retro-hip motels to family-style resorts and ultra-luxury retreats. Desert Hot Springs is purported to be an “Earth Energy Vortex” where five natural energy sources converge. The Hopi-inspired Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, public art installations and murals, and the annual Desert Hot Springs Spa Tour are popular attractions.

Contacts
Nathan Bouvet, City of DHS Community Development Director, nbouvet@cityofdhs.org, 760.329.6411 ext. 250
Courtney Moe, Film Commissioner, cvmoe3@gmail.com (available after hours)
Steve Schick, steve.m.schick@gmail.com, 510.610.4658 (available after hours)
www.dhsfilmcommission.org

Permits
Applications: Submit at least 10 business days prior to production; however, permits can be expedited if necessary
Processing Time: 1-3 business days
Fees: Still photography $75 application fee plus $15 daily location fee; Motion : $150 application fee plus $40 daily location fee.

Insurance
Minimum $1 million dollar liability

Police Department: Assessed on a case-by-case basis. Call 760.329.2904

Fire Department: Assessed on a case-by-case basis. Call 760.540.1878

Road Encroachment Permit: Charges vary depending upon complexity of street closure.

Download permit application

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Indian Wells Tennis Garden Aerial View
Photo by Marc Glassman

City of Indian Wells

44950 Eldorado Drive
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Main: 760.346.2489
www.cityofindianwells.org

Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Golf and tennis dominate this tiny city embraced by scenic mountains and palms. Home to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden where the sport’s top players compete in the annual BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells is also a golfer’s paradise with lush greens and luxury resorts. Annual events include the Indian Wells Arts Festival and Desert Lexus Jazz Festival. The Living Desert Zoo and Garden is located in both Indian Wells and Palm Desert.

Contact
Jon Berg, Assistant Planner, jberg@indianwells.com, 760.776.0229

Permits
Processing Time: 2-3 business days if police and fire review are not required. Projects requiring police and fire review/conditioning may take up to two weeks for processing.
Fee: $26 application fee
City permits are required for filming on private property.

Insurance
Minimum $1million dollar liability

Police/Sheriff/Fire
Assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Aerial
The City allows certified drone camera use for private property; however drones are not permitted for sporting events at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Neither manned helicopters nor low flying airplanes are permitted for filming and special events.

Download permit application

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Coachella Music & Arts Festival
Photo by Chris Miller

City of Indio

100 Civic Center Mall
Indio, CA 92201
Main: 760.391.4000
www.indio.org

Hours for film permits:
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Known as the “City of Festivals” Indio shines with its many events. Millions of people visit each year to attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, International Tamale Festival, Southwest Arts Festival and Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. Polo dominates part of the year with both day and night matches at the Empire Polo Club. The Coachella Valley History Museum, Coachella Valley Art Center, Indio Performing Arts Center and street murals of Old Town Indio highlight a thriving arts scene.

Contacts
Edith Sanchez, Community Program Assistant, esanchez@indio.org, 760.391.4175
Jim Curtis, Community Services Supervisor, jcurtis@indio.org, 760.391.4174

Permits
Submit at least 10 business days prior to production; however, permits can be expedited if necessary.
Processing Time: 1-5 business days
Fee: Still photography $50 application fee plus location fee of $10/day or $50/week; Film/video production $100 application fee plus location fee of $10/day or $125/week.

Insurance
Minimum $2 million general liability
$10 million aircraft liability, if applicable

Police/Sheriff/Fire/Roads
Assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on project requirements.

Special provisions: No permit is required on private property as long as shoot does not impact the public (e.g. fully obstructing streets or parking).

Download permit application

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Old Town La Quinta
Photo Courtesy of City of La Quinta

City of La Quinta

78495 Calle Tampico
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.777.7000
www.la-quinta.org

Hours:
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

Known for its natural beauty and surrounding San Rosa Mountains backdrop, La Quinta exudes a laid back Old California vibe. In addition to the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club, a landmark since 1926, Old Town La Quinta boast sidewalk cafes, a weekly organic farmers market and special events. Neighborhood settings are diverse, from the historic La Quinta Cove with its nature trails to more contemporary homes in the gated and non-gated communities of North La Quinta.

Contact
Anthony Moreno, Code Compliance Supervisor, amoreno@la-quinta.org, 760.777.7034

Permits
Applications: Submit at least 5 business days prior to production.
Processing Time: 3-5 business days
Fees: Still photography $50 application fee plus $10/daily or $50/weekly location fee; Film/TV/Video: $100 application fee plus $25/daily or $125/weekly location fee.
The City charges a sliding scale fee for the number of persons employed on location.

Insurance
Minimum $1 million general liability

Police/Fire
Assessed on case-by-case basis depending on project requirements. Call the La Quinta Police Department at (760) 863-8990 and the Riverside County Fire Department Office of the Fire Marshal at (760) 863-8886 for details and fee.

Road Encroachment Permit
Required for productions filming in public right-of-way.

Aerial
Commercial drone camera use prohibited in City parks and City facilities.

Download permit application

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Palm Desert Civic Center Park

City of Palm Desert

73510 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Main: 760.346.0611
www.cityofpalmdesert.org

Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

The cultural hub of the valley, Palm Desert is filled with public art, galleries and is home to the McCallum Theatre performing arts center. There are myriad hiking, biking and golfing opportunities as well as film-friendly Living Desert Zoo and its 1,200 acres of wildlife exhibits and botanical gardens, plus a wildlife hospital and conservation center.

Contacts
Claudia Jaime, Code Compliance/Business Licensing, cjaime@cityofpalmdesert.org, 760.346.0611 ext. 443
Sylvia Carrasco, Code Compliance/Business Licensing, scarrasco@cityofpalmdesert.org, 760.346.0611 ext. 582

Permits
Applications: Submit at least 10 business days prior to production
Processing time: 3-5 days or more depending on complexity of project
Fees: Still photography $50 application fee plus $10/daily or $50/weekly location fee; Film/TV/Video: $100 application fee plus $25/daily or $125/weekly location fee.

City permits are required at all locations within City of Palm Desert boundaries.
Productions planning to film in Palm Desert Civic Center Park should contact the Palm Desert Community Center, 760.568.9697.

Insurance
Minimum $1 million general liability

Police/Fire
If traffic control required, contact Palm Desert Police Department, (760) 836-100 for details and fee.
If Fire Department services required, contact Fire Marshal Sonia Cooley, (760) 346-1870

Encroachment Permit
Required if blocking any portion public right-of-way
Fee: $251

Download permit application

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King's Highway at Ace Hotel

City of Palm Springs

3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Main: 760.323.8299
www.palmsprings-ca.gov

Hours:
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Palm Springs has skyrocketed into global stardom for its ultra-chic resorts and hotels, midcentury modern architecture, and superb restaurants. Top annual events include the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, Modernism Week in February, and ongoing outstanding exhibitions at the Palm Springs Art Museum and Architectural and Design Center. Premier attractions include the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Indian Canyons and Moorten Botanical Garden.

Contact
Janice Lopez, Film Permit Officer, JaniceL@palmsprings-ca.gov, 760.323.8272

Visit Film in Palm Springs website at www.psfilmfriendly.com for complete guidelines, permits and incentives.

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Sunnylands

City of Rancho Mirage

69825 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Main: 760.324.4511
www.ranchomirageca.gov

Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Known as the “Playground of Presidents,” Rancho Mirage is the home of Sunnylands, a historic midcentury modern residence, which has hosted a long list of notable guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Frank Sinatra, and numerous summits between the U.S. and international leaders. Attractions and activities also include gaming at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, and newly expanded community park with a state-of-the-art amphitheater.

Contact
Michael Schlange, Marketing & Events Specialist, michael@ranchomirageca.gov, 760.324.4511 ext. 273

Permits
Applications: Submit at least 10 business days prior to production:
Processing time: 1-3  days
Fees: Still and motion - $571 flat application fee
Filming in residential areas is allowed on a case-by-case basis.

Insurance
Minimum $1 million general liability

Police/Fire
Assessed on a case-by-case basis. Call Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, (760) 836-1600 and the Fire Marshal’s office at (760) 346-1870 for details and fees.

Road Encroachment Permit
Required for public right-of-way; private communities require HOA approval.

Download permit application

CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

Joshua Tree National Park
Photo Courtesy of Lance Gerber from www.nuvueinteractive.com

Contact State Park unit a minimum of one week prior to production.
After the Park has completed form DPR245A, contact the California Film Commission to complete the permitting process.

Insurance
Minimum of $1 million general liability
Film-related aircraft activity: $10 million aircraft liability
State Park monitors required based on production company size

For complete details, see the Guidelines for Filming in California State Parks or contact the California Film Commission

Salton Sea State Recreation Area

100-225 State Park Road
Mecca, CA 92254
Park Main: 760.393.3059
Visitor Center: 760.393.3810
www.parks.ca.gov

Visitor Center Hours:
Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October-May
Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June-September

Contact
Kelly Claar, Sector Superintendent Salton Sea SRA and Picacho SRA, kelly.claar@parks.ca.gov, 760.393.2460

Permit Fee: $100
Other fees determined on a case-by-case basis.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Park Office: 760.767.5311
Visitor Center: 760.7674205

Contact
Nicole Van Doren, State Park Peace Officer Supervisor/Ranger, Nicole.VanDoren@parks.ca.gov, 760.767.5311

Permit Fee: $100
Other Fees determined on case-by-case basis.

Lake Perris State Recreation Area

17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, CA 92571
Phone: 951.940.5600

Contacts
Mark Hudgens, State Park Superintendent, mark.hudgens@parks.ca.gov, 951.443.2411
Kathy Bacha, Special Event Coordinator, kathy.bacha@parks.ca.gov, 951.940.5610

Fees: Special event permit administrative fee $25
Other fees determined on case-by-case basis.

Road to Box Canyon

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The agency maintains jurisdiction over United States public lands, including National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas and Conservation Lands of the California Desert.

BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Office: 760.833.7100

Contact
Brandon Anderson, Realty Specialist, banderson@blm.gov, 760.833.7117

Popular filming sites include Painted Canyon and Box Canyon Road, wind parks and the Palen Sand Dunes near Desert Center, CA. The BLM South Coast field Office. Click here for information on commercial filming guidelines, permits and fees.

U.S. Forest Service

The Forest Service, established in 1905 within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages about 192 million acres of public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is jointly managed by the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, and incorporates about 280,000 acres, including public lands within the BLM’s California Desert conservation Area and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest.

San Jacinto Ranger District Office
54270 Pine Crest Avenue
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Contact
Mark Hudgens, Superintendent, mark.hudgens@parks.ca.gov, 951.659.4880

Click here for details on filming on Forest Service public lands.

TRIBAL LANDS

Indian Canyons

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

For information on filming in the Indian Canyons and other tribal-owned properties, contact:
Kate Anderson, Director of Public Relations, kanderson@aguacaliente-nsn.gov, 760.699.6925

Whitewater Preserve Visitor Center

Desert Preserves / The Wildlands Conservancy

The largest nonprofit nature preserve system in California, The Wildlands Conservancy comprises 15 preserves encompassing 147,000 acres of diverse mountain, valley, desert, river and oceanfront landscapes. Preserves near Greater Palm Springs include the Whitewater Preserve, Mission Creek Preserve and Pioneertown Mountains Preserve. Outdoor enthusiasts can access the newly designated Sand to Snow National Mountains via the Whitewater Preserve. There are restrictions for filming in the preserves.

Contact: Sara Seburn, Marketing and Communications Director, sara.s@twc-ca.org, 909.797.8507, www.wildlandsconservancy.org

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IMPERIAL COUNTY FILM COMMISSION

1095 S 4th Street
El Centro, CA 92243
Main: 760.337.4155
www.filmimperialcounty.com

The Imperial County Film Commission is responsible for permitting film, television, web and print production projects on properties throughout the County of Imperial. The Film Commission provides coordination and guidance for production on all public and private properties within the County of Imperial.

Click here for more information and to download permits.