Filming

Holiday Film Permit Guidelines



During the November/December Holidays, there may be additional restrictions placed on the permitting process due to staffing constraints.

The Holiday Film Permit Period is considered to start the Monday before Thanksgiving and end upon the first official day of business for City Hall of the new calendar year.

In order to accommodate the needs of our Old Towne merchants, and ensure that filming activities do not interfere with visitors and shoppers during the Holiday period, applications for filming in the Old Towne District during the Holiday Film Permit Period will be accepted as follows:     
Applications for filming in Old Towne will be accepted up until close-of-business the Monday before Thanksgiving.
Approval will take into consideration the size, type, and intrusiveness of the production, and is at the discretion of the City.
With the exception of production requests with minimal footprints and no impact, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and approved or denied at the discretion of the City:
o No permits will be issued for the time period between the Wednesday (November 22) prior to Thanksgiving through the Monday after the City of Orange Candlelight Choir Procession and Tree lighting event (December 4).
o No permits will be issued for filming for the period between Wednesday, December 20, and the first official day of business for City Hall of the new calendar year (January 2).

Holiday Guidelines for the rest of the City


Approval will take into consideration the size, type, and intrusiveness of the production, and is at the discretion of the City.
No permits will be issued for filming for the period between Wednesday, December 20, and the first official day of business for City Hall of the new calendar year (January 2).
No filming will be approved for December 22 through January 3.
Applications submitted after 10 a.m. December 14 will be considered as “received” on the first official day of business for City Hall of the new calendar year.

Applying for a Permit


Film permits are required for all video/film/still photography production in the City of Orange.  There are no exceptions, and this includes (but is not limited to):
  • Feature films
  • Television series
  • Commercials
  • Student films
  • Commercial or for-profit still photography
  • Non-profit (501c 3) productions
We require 5 to 10 working days to process film permits (The amount of time will depend on the information provided by the production on the permit and the availability of staff to process the permit application.).

For additional information, except Student Film projects, contact Paul Sitkoff.

Student Films


For projects by students, defined as enrolled in an accredited college/university doing an assigned class project for grade or credit, contact Student Filming Coordinator.