Neighborhood Filming in LA

Neighborhood Filming in LA

Gregory Han
Feb 13, 2008

A few weeks ago we came home to find a notice of filming on our front gate. We live in the film capitol of the world so we're used to our neighborhood being used as a film set. We want to support the industry but we also live here. We did a little digging and here's what we learned that can help make the temporary disruption a fun and harmonious experience for all:

  • The City of Los Angeles issues permits that generally allow filming from 7 am to 10 pm. "Headlights in and taillights out" means crews can arrive at 7 am and they must be out by 10 pm. [continued]

Outside of these hours or for noisy or disruptive events (explosions, gunfire, low flying aircraft), a community survey from affected residents is required so that the City can understand the concerns of residents before issuing the permit.

  • We should receive a notice about filming at least a day in advance.
  • If we park on the street, we may use spaces that have been designated by the Department of

  • Transportation for use of film crews but we must be considerate and move our cars before the times posted on the temporary "No Parking" signs.
  • Film crews should be courteous and respect the rights of residents.
  • FilmLA, the non-profit office that distributes and coordinates the permits issued by the City of Los Angeles, is available 24 hours a day. When in doubt, we can call them and check that a production has proper permits and what's being filmed or if we think that parking spaces have been prematurely coned off by the production. They can help us mediate with the crew and alert us to shooting in our neighborhoods.

For a full listing of the filmmaker's code of responsiblity, check FilmLA's website

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