Important information about filming in the State of California
The California Film Commission (CFC) offers free online permitting for all state property including state parks and beaches, freeways, roads, and government buildings. From hospitals and prisons to back roads and mountain ranges, the CFC helps filmmakers gain access to those perfect locations in our state. The CFC requires that all state permit applications be submitted FOUR (4) business days / 96 hours (weekends and holidays are not considered business days) prior to the first prep/shoot day. Caltrans ramp and lane closures require a minimum of at least twelve (12) business days in advance of prep/shoot; freeway closures require a minimum of sixteen (16) business days. Thank you for your cooperation.
Update on the use of Drones over State Property: The FAA has recently repealed Section 333 Exemptions. They are no longer valid, and all UAS remote pilots should now be operating under Part 107 Rules. Requests for drone activity over State Parks & Beaches and Caltrans properties will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
For current requirements and application: Filming with Drones
State Permit and Monitor Fees in US dollars
California Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0: The California Film Commission created the regulations for the expanded tax credit program. Please check the Incentives Page periodically for other program updates. The program is aimed at retaining and attracting production jobs and economic activity across the state. It boosts California's competitiveness by more than tripling the program's size (from $100 million to $330 million annually).
Applications are ranked within categories (TV Project vs. other TV Projects; Relocating TV vs. other Relocating TV) based on their "jobs ratio" score.
The California Film Commission prepares for year FOUR of the expanded Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2.0. Results from the Commission's 2017 Progress Report (due in September), are on-track to affirm the expanded program is working precisely as intended.
Visit the CFC's website for application periods on TV projects and Feature Films.
Online Application Portal is Live for Independent Projects (Transferable Tax Credits) and Non-Independent Feature Films (Non-Transferable Tax Credits).
Applicants should begin to prepare their budget and materials early. You will need a completed and tagged budget in order to fill out the application. Be sure to carefully read the Budget/Tagging Instructions so that you can accurately tag your budget.