Applying for a Permit

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.

General Information

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 until 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):
  • Feature films
  • Television series
  • Commercials
  • Student films
  • Commercial or for-profit still photography
  • Non-profit (501c 3) productions
The first step in the application process is to complete and submit a Film Permit Application to  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.

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.