IMPORTANT FILM PERMIT COVID INFORMATION
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As the ‘Media Capital of the World’, it has been said that almost all American video production has been touched by a Burbank business in one form or another. As one of Burbank’s signature industries, television and motion picture production is an essential source of economic activity, tax revenue, jobs, and tourism.
To remain at the forefront of current best practices and policies, the City Council approved Ordinance 19-3,920 which amended the Burbank Municipal Code relative to film permits and short-term use of City property. The Ordinance was effective November 1, 2019.
Ordinance 19-3,920 modified the City’s film permit ordinance to be consistent with the California Film Commission’s model film ordinance. It retained the City’s existing authority to require film permits for all filming within the City of Burbank, with limited exceptions for certain types of specified filming activities.
The Ordinance further retains the existing process for establishing Rules and Regulations necessary for the implementation of the film permit ordinance from time to time, but clarifies and streamlines the process for updating the Rules and Regulations and requires that the current version of the Rules and Regulations shall always be on file with the City Clerk and posted on the City’s website for ease of reference.
Finally, the Ordinance establishes a uniform process for approving license and entry agreements for short-term, temporary use of City-owned property (such as filming on City-owned property), through the use of an agreement. The license and entry agreement will include, at a minimum, indemnification provisions, insurance requirements, and conditions specific to the use of the applicable City-owned property.
With these changes, Burbank is in alignment with other local and state jurisdictions and consistent in our practice within our own organization.
FILM PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS
All film permits applications shall be submitted online at www.filmburbank.com. In the event that there is an issue applying online, the applicant may submit a paper application. (Application is located under PDF Form Library, Film Permit Request Form)
To initiate the permit procedure, a film company must:
Review the film permit rules and regulations to determine the documents/steps needed to complete an application within the proper timeframe. A non-refundable processing fee will be charged for ANY (incomplete or complete) application submitted. More information can be found below in the FAQ: “Is There a Film Permit Application Fee?”
Submit the film permit application form online five business days prior to the first proposed film date for requests involving extraordinary circumstances (refer to section three of rules and regulations) or three business days for all other requests that do not include outlined extraordinary circumstances. *Please note that the film permit office is dark on Fridays. (Business days are Monday-Thursday.) A non-refundable processing fee is required to process the film permit application.
Submit a certificate of insurance, an additional endorsement form (CG 2012 or AIE form), and a completed appendix J. All documents are available in the PDF Library.
If necessary, contact any affected City Department (Public Works, Parks, etc.) for departmental approval.
Appropriate forms must be reviewed and approved, and fees MUST be collected before actual filming begins.