Film Permit

The City of Alhambra is a film-friendly community. Over the years, we have played host to some of the most recognizable films, television series, and music videos. We support the filming industry and filming students. We try our best to assist anyone who wishes to do business in Alhambra. Charitable and student films must obtain a permit and reimburse the City for the cost of personnel and equipment, but they are exempt from permit fees.

Please be aware that we are also concerned about possible impacts on the neighborhood and require production companies to follow certain rules to minimize any impacts and possible inconveniences for residents.

The City of Alhambra processes film internally. You can find the requirements for filming in Alhambra listed below.

Please read the material carefully. To allow sufficient time to review and process your application, a completed application, including all related forms and documents, should be submitted to the Finance Department within FIVE (5) working business days of the filming. Exceptions include filming involving stunts, which requires SIX (6) business days and filming requiring road closures along major thoroughfares, which requires TEN (10) business days (more or less depending on the filming location). Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Click to access the Film Permit Application.

Film Permit Process

Below are the five steps for completing the film permit process:

A film permit is required for filming motion pictures, television shows, commercials, video tapes and for shooting commercial photography in the City of Alhambra. Please see the map on the City's website to verify the location is within the City limits.