1. Permit Application
  2. Student Filming
  3. Insurance Requirements
  4. Old Towne Guidelines
  5. Conditions
  6. Film Ordinance

General Information

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.

The first step in the application process is to complete and submit a Film Permit Application to We require 7 to 10 working days to process non-student 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.) Student Film Permits take a full 10 working days to process.

COVID-19 INFORMATION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring all productions to submit a COVID-19 Spread Prevention Plan.  Follow the link for 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, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are only permitting small productions for indoor filming, and only on a case-by-case basis.

Film permits are required for all video/film/still photography production in the City of Orange.  Orange charges a $40, non-refundable, Application Fee to review all non-student applications. There are no exceptions to having a permit, 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

For additional information, contact the City of Orange Public Affairs Manager.