Film Permits

Why film in Pico Rivera?

  • Pico Rivera is centrally located and is close to all major freeways, making it an easy trip from your home base.
  • You will almost certainly find the ideal location or venue for your filming needs ranging from large and small scale commercial and industrial centers, to the popular Dal Rae Restaurant, to the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, to the recently renovated  Municipal Golf Course  to one of our newly renovated Eight community parks and to our recently renovated Senior Center.

When Do I Need a Film Permit?

The City of Pico Rivera requires a film permit for the production of motion pictures, television shows, commercials, and commercial still photography. Charitable and student films must obtain a permit and reimburse the City for the cost of personnel and equipment but are exempt from permit and deposit fees. 

How Do I Apply?

The Film Permit application is available here.

How much does the permit cost?

  • Application fee: $350 for Simple Film Shoot OR $700 for Complex Shoot

  • Processing fee: $100/day for Simple Film Shoot OR $200/day for Complex Film Shoot

  • Use fee: $100/day for Simple Film Shoot OR $200/day for Complex Film Shoot (Use fee charged for use of City Facilities other than streets and sidewalks. Not applicable to the use of private property.)

  • Other: The applicant shall be required to pay for all actual costs of any personnel needed to assist in or regulate the filming activities, including Sheriff's, Fire, traffic, Public Works, etc.

How long does it take to process my permit?

Applications for Simple Film Shoots can be processed in as little as (5) working days .  Complex Film Shoots, those that involve traffic control, street closures, special effects, pyrotechnics, gun fire, etc.,can be processed in as little as ten (10) working days. 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

For questions, please contact Charissa Manor at (562) 801-4321.  

Who else might I need to contact?

City of Pico Rivera – Planning Division: (562) 801-4332     

City of Pico Rivera – Building Division: (562) 801-4360     

LA County Health Department: (626) 430-5400      

County of LA Fire Department – Film Desk: (818) 364-8240      

Pico Rivera Sherriff's Station:  (562) 949-2421