COVID-19: REOPENING PROTOCOL FOR MUSIC, TELEVISION AND FILM PRODUCTION (APPENDIX J)
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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.
All film permits applications shall be submitted online at www.filmburbank.com. In the event 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:
Contact the Traffic Bureau of the Burbank Police Department at 818-238-3105, no less than 72 business hours prior to start of proposed filming.
Complete the film permit application form. Supply description of desired location and type of production activity. Email, fax, or apply on-line 72 business hours prior to proposed filming date.
If necessary, any affected City department (Public Works, City Hall, etc.) must be contacted by a film company representative for departmental approval.
A production company representative must complete our application process online. Appropriate forms must be signed and fees collected before actual filming begins.