- General Info
- Permit Application
- Student Filming
- Insurance Requirements
- Old Towne Guidelines
- Film Ordinance
We process permits for the City of Orange only. If you are looking for a permit to film in other parts of Orange County, or another city within Orange County, you will need to contact that Agency directly.
COVID-19 INFORMATION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring all productions to submit a COVID-19 Spread Prevention Plan. We are providing a checklist that can be used to help prepare a plan. The plan will be reviewed by the City, and if it is approved, the production may then move to the Permit Application phase.
Please note that we are permitting only small productions for outdoor filming during the pandemic. The City will reevaluate this once Orange County has moved to the Yellow Tier or better by the State of California.
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):
The first step in the application process is to complete and submit a Film Permit Application to email@example.com. 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 the City of Orange Public Affairs Manager.
Note: Applications submitted later than 10 business days in advance of the proposed film activity will not be accepted.
Film Permit Requirements
Film students are required to obtain a film permit for any production activity. Production activity includes personnel, equipment and vehicles. Typically, the permit application fees are waived for students and non-profit productions. However, if Orange Police, Fire or other staff is required to assist on location, the filmmaker is responsible for covering those costs. Student filmmakers are also responsible for providing the appropriate liability insurance.
Permit Processing Time Requirements
Student film permit applications must be submitted no later than 10 working days in advance of the proposed film activity. Recognizing that production schedules are subject to change, the City permit coordinator will take into account special circumstances and may accept permit applications that missed the 10 working days submittal deadline. When submitting permit applications, please take into account that the City offices are closed on alternating Fridays. Permit applications submitted one week or later in advance of proposed film activity will not be accepted.
Please note, it is a violation of the Orange Municipal Code (OMC) to film without a permit. Productions found in violation of the OMC will be shut down and may be issued a citation.
All film and photo permit applicants are required to provide proof of insurance in the form of a Certificate and an endorsement before a permit will be issued (Orange Municipal Code Section 5.45.080) in the following amounts:
- Workers compensation insurance as required by law for the protection of permittee's workers;
- Comprehensive or commercial general liability insurance written on an occurrence basis providing for a combined single limit of
- $1 million,
- $500,000 per occurrence with $1 million aggregate for bodily injury, death and property damage,
- $1 million aggregate; and
- Automotive liability insurance on a comprehensive form covering all owned, non-owned and hired automobiles providing for a combined single limit of
- $1 million,
- $500,000 per occurrence with $1 million aggregate for bodily injury, death and property damage,
- $1 million aggregate
- Each policy of general liability and automotive liability shall be endorsed to provide that City, its officers, agents, and employees are declared to be additional insureds under the terms of the policy. In addition to the insurance certificate, the applicant must provide a separate, additional insured endorsement (i.e., CG 20 10, 2011 85) that designates the City of Orange.
For filming purposes, the Old Towne Orange Plaza, which is contained within the Old Towne Orange Historic District, is the area surrounding the intersection of Glassell Street and Chapman Avenue and is bordered by Lemon Street, Almond Avenue, Grand Street, and Maple Avenue.
Film permits are not granted automatic. All film permit requests for Old Towne Orange are considered according to the following factors:
- Number of filming days requested.
- Number of days needed for preparation, strike, or other film-related activities.
- Nature and impact of the proposed film activity.
- Proposed number of vehicles and availability of parking.
- Adequacy of proposed parking plan.
- Amount of activity on private property.
- Publicity and exposure for the City.
The decision made by the City's film liaison.
No filming activity (with the exception of event-related filming) will be allowed in the Old Towne Plaza area during the following events:
- Orange International Street Fair (Labor Day weekend)
- Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Harvest Fest Trick or Treat through the Streets
- Car Shows
- Antique Fair (President's Weekend)
These conditions are in addition to those normally required for film permits in the City of Orange. The City film liaison has the discretion to impose additional conditions if warranted.
Traffic Control & Street Closures
- There will be no complete street closures on Glassell Street or Chapman Avenue during business hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
- Periods of intermittent traffic control will be limited to 3 minutes maximum during business hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and during peak traffic flow periods (morning and evening rush hours). All waiting traffic must be released before another period of ITC begins.
- Lane closures, including the inside lane of the Plaza traffic circle, will be permitted at the discretion of the Orange Police Department.
- A parking plan must be submitted in conjunction with a filming layout diagram.
- Only essential vehicles may be located in the Plaza area.
- All crew, cast, catering and other non-essential vehicles must be parked in one of the following public parking lots: Lemon Street, East Chapman Avenue (next to Main Library), or the parking structure at the southeast comer of Sycamore and Olive. (Please refer to map of City parking lots.) There are some private parking lots in the area, the use of which should be negotiated with the property owner.
- All vehicles and equipment associated with filming activities must park in designated areas only.
- The production company is responsible for posting and removing No Parking signs. Signs are available at no charge from the City's Economic Development Department. No Parking signs must be posted 24 hours prior to the start of production to be enforceable. Business owners and residents in front of whose property equipment or vehicles are parked or No Parking signs are posted must give written approval. Completed signature forms must be submitted 48 hours prior to the start of production.
Filming Hours, Notification and Signature Requirements
Normal hours for filming activities are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Though the Plaza is primarily a commercial area, there are residences located above or adjacent to Old Towne businesses. Requests for extended filming hours require approval signatures from a majority of residents within a 500-foot radius of filming activity or equipment. An approval signature from the apartment complex manager is acceptable.
A large percentage of businesses in Old Towne are open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (However, there are businesses and restaurants that open earlier and close later.) If any filming activity occurs during this period, approval signatures are required from those merchants directly impacted by the filming activity. All merchants in the Plaza area must be notified in writing 72 hours in advance of filming activity, including prep work.
Determining Direct Impact
The City of Orange believes a business is impacted when:
- Equipment is placed, or personnel are positioned, in front of a merchant's business (with his/her approval) which would prohibit or discourage customers from entering the store;
- The merchant's exterior storefront is used (with their approval) as a definite background;
- The interior of the merchant's store is used (with their approval);
- Prep or strike activities cause a demonstrated hardship to the merchant's business;
- The business is located adjacent to the filming site.
The notification letter must be submitted with all other required documents when the permit application is submitted. Please use the City's standard format letter titled, City of Orange Film Notification. If the project involves multiple dates and locations, the production company may draft their own notification letter as long as the letter meets the guidelines required by the City. Please refer to the document "Notification Requirements for Filming" for complete instructions.
The location manager or a designee must be available to resolve issues or answer questions. This person should be identified to the City's film liaison and the Orange Police Officer on location (if Police Department is assigned) and appropriate telephone and pager numbers provided.
All signage (including directional posters, notification flyers, no parking signs, etc.) must be removed upon completion of filming. If City staff is required to remove signage, the production company will be charged for clean-up costs.
The production company is encouraged to borrow and post the City-owned "Businesses Open During Filming" signs.
- All equipment and vehicles associated with filming activity in the City of Orange must park in areas specified in the parking plan or on private property only.
- The production company is responsible for posting the No Parking signs 24 hours in advance of the permitted starting time in commercial areas, but no more than 48 hours in advance. Signs posted any later than the required 24-hour advance are not enforceable.
- No parking signs may only be posted in areas where signatures of approval have been secured.
- No parking signs are available at no charge from:
- City of Orange Economic Development Department
- 230 E. Chapman Ave.
- Orange, CA 92866
- The department is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and closed on alternate Fridays.
- No parking signs must be removed by the production company immediately after filming activity is completed.
An ordinance of the city council of the city of orange repealing chapter 5.45 of the orange municipal code and adding a new chapter 5.45 to the orange municipal code pertaining to filming activities. The City Council of the City of Orange does hereby ordain as follows:
Chapter 5.45 of the Orange Municipal Code is repealed in its entirety.
A new Chapter 5.45 of the Orange Municipal Code is added to read as follows: Chapter 5.45
5.45.030 Permit Application and Review
5.45.040 Permit Application, Location, Lease and Expense Fees
5.45.050 Rules and Regulations
5.45.060 Requirements for Granting Permit
5.45.070 General Permit Conditions
Any applicant granted a permit pursuant to this chapter shall comply with all of the following conditions: