Film Permits

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COUNTY FILM PERMIT

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REQUIRED

County film permits are required for commercial media productions (including print), and student media productions, if filming on:

  • County-owned property. 
  • Private property in unincorporated Placer County areas

FILM PERMIT COST: Free!

TURN-AROUND TIME

It varies because every production is different. We have a goal of 24 – 48 hours not including holidays and weekends for the most basic productions however the challenges of COVID-19 impacts may affect turn-around times. Applications with additional needs such as road closures, traffic control, drone, safety concerns, and others, will require more time. We recommend contacting the Film Office in advance of completing the application in case the review process brings up any circumstances or requirements that must be met prior to the permit being issued.

APPLICATION - COUNTY FILM PERMIT

  • Start an Application  Please have all information and attachments in hand as there is no SAVE mode while completing application.
  • QUESTIONS ON HOW TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION?  See FAQ. 
  • UPLOADING ATTACHMENTS It may be required to attach various documents during the application process. This may include proof of insurance, drone documents, drone insurance, traffic plan, student information, SFX and pyro licenses, etc., it depends on the nature of the activity proposed.  We strongly recommend you assemble the necessary documents before starting the application. Here’s a checklist of the attachments that may be required. 

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

LAKE TAHOE & FILM PERMITTING (eastern Placer County)

The communities in the Lake Tahoe basin within Placer County are primarily unincorporated areas. County policy requires film permits when filming in unincorporated Placer County, including private properties. In addition, there are many State and Federal lands with separate film permit regulations and requirements. Contact our office for additional information.

CITY PERMITS

The following six incorporated cities in Placer County have their own film permitting requirements. Please contact the appropriate jurisdictions below for more information.

  1. City of Auburn
  2. City of Colfax
  3. City of Lincoln
  4. Town of Loomis
  5. City of Rocklin
  6. City of Roseville
City of Auburn
1225 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603            
Phone: 530-823-4211, ext. 140            
Fax: 530-885-5508
Link: City of Auburn Website

STATE & FEDERAL PERMIT INFORMATION 

These links are provided as a courtesy and do not represent a complete list of the state and federal agencies located in Placer County. The Film Office can assist in providing contacts to many other jurisdictions and which may have permits and procedures for filming within their jurisdictions.