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The Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance & Film Office is part of a network of local agencies working together to assist you with securing crewlocations and professional vendor services, complimented by an effortless permit process. We believe the permit process should be easily understood with quick access to agency information, contacts, and applications. The Film Office is here to assist you with that process. If at any time you need assistance, call our Production Hotline at (760) 861-1182 for immediate support.

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| CITY PERMITS

The greater Palm Springs region consists of nine desert cities, each responsible for issuing their own permits. The Film Office provides crew, vendor services, location scouting and crew accommodations in all desert cities and towns.
Cathedral City is a city in the greater Palm Springs region (or the Coachella Valley). Locals gave it the nickname “Cat City”. Located between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City is the second largest in population in the greater Palm Springs region, after Indio.
The town’s name derives from “Cathedral Canyon” to the south of the town, so named in 1850 by Colonel Henry Washington because its rock formations were reminiscent of a cathedral. The city itself started as a housing subdivision in 1925, but was not incorporated until 1981. The city grew in population several times over during the next two decades.
Processing Time: 1-3 days
Permit Fees: Motion:  $100 plus $25/day or $125/week; Stills: $50 plus $10/day or $50/week
Business License Fees: none
Insurance: $1 million liability
Police/Sheriff: Case-by-case basis
Fire: Case-by-case basis
Ken Davis | (760) 770-0374 | KDavis@cathedralcity.gov
Fire Permit Application: Download
Coachella is the easternmost city in the valley known as the greater Palm Springs region (or the Coachella Valley). It is located 28 miles east of Palm Springs, and 130 miles east of Los Angeles.
The eastern half of the greater Palm Springs region is below sea level, and the area’s average elevation is 68 feet (35 m) below sea level. The Salton Sea, a saltwater lake located about 10 miles South of Coachella, lies 227 feet below sea level.
The city also lends its name to the Coachella grapefruit; the town’s stretch of State Route 111 is named Grapefruit Boulevard in its honor. Harrison Street or State Route 86 is declared historic U.S. Route 99, the major thoroughfare that connects with Interstate 10 a few miles north of town.
Processing Time: 1-5 days
Permit Fees: none
Business License Fees: Motion:  $120 flat fee; Stills: $50/day plus $500 bond plus $100 annual fee
Insurance: $1 million liability minimum depending on filming requirement
Police/Sheriff: At cost, in advance, as determined by city and local Police Authority
Fire: At cost, in advance, as determined by city and local Fire Authority
Roads: Case-by-case basis
Office Hours: M-Th – 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Hector Molina | (760) 398-3102 x 115   hmolina@coachella.org
Secondary contact: Luis Lopez | (760) 398-3102 x 118  llopez@coachella.org
Coming soon.
Desert Hot Springs
Also known as DHS, is a city in the greater Palm Springs region (or the Coachella Valley). The city has undergone rapid development and high population growth since the 1970s, when there were 2,700 residents.
Desert Hot Springs Film Commission
The goal of the Desert Hot Springs Film Commission  is to help Desert Hot Springs earn the reputation as the most film friendly city in the Desert and to offer a wide range of unique filming locations.
Processing Time: 1-3 days
Motion Pictures/Film Application Fee:  $150 plus $40/day
Still photography Application Fee: $ 75 plus $15/day
Business License Fee: None
Police Department: Case-by-case basis – $71/hour with an 8-hour minimum
Fire Department: Case-by-case basis – Fees vary depending upon services required
Roads Department: Case-by-case basis – Fees vary depending upon services required
City Business Hours:
Mon – Thus. 7am – 6pm (After hours contact below)
City Contact:
Rich Malacoff – Senior Planner
rmalacoff@cityofdhs.org
(760) 329-6411, x256
After Hours (Available 24/7):
Court Moe – Film Commissioner
dhsfilmcommissioner@cityofdhs.org
(760) 408-0322
Steven Schick – Asst. Film Commissioner
steve.m.schick@gmail.com
(510) 610-4658
Please contact the City of Desert Hot Springs for download information.
Indian Wells is a city in the greater Palm Springs region (or the Coachella Valley). Incorporated in 1967, it lies between Palm Desert and the resort town of La Quinta.
The city hosts the fifth-largest tennis tournament in the world, the Indian Wells Masters tennis tournament—presently known as the BNP Paribas Open. The Indian Wells Masters is one of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 high-level events operated by the Association of Tennis Professionals, and one of the four WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments of the Women’s Tennis Association. It is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which contains the second-largest tennis-specific stadium in the world.
Processing Time: 3-5 days
Permit Fees: $26
Business License Fees: $61 plus $1 for each additional automobile
Insurance: $1 million liability
Police/Sheriff: $37.80/hr per officer – 4 hr min.
Fire: Payment for services as needed.
Jon Berg | (760) 776-0229 |  jberg@indianwells.com
Contact Indian Wells for downloads | (760) 776-0229
Indio is a city in the greater Palm Springs region (or the Coachella Valley). It lies 23 miles east of Palm Springs, 77 miles east of Riverside, and 127 miles east of Los Angeles. It is about 98 miles north of Mexicali, Baja California on the U.S.-Mexican border. The word Indio is Spanish for Indian.
Indio was once referred to as “the Hub of the Valley”, the Chamber of Commerce jingle in the 1970s, and today the jingle is the “City of Festivals” because of all the special events held in town.
Processing Time: 7 days
Permit Fees: $100 +: $25/day, $125/seven days (motion) or $10/day, $50/seven days (still)
Insurance: $2 million general liability
Police/Sheriff: $140/hour per officer
Fire: Payment for services as needed
Roads: $375 encroachment permit fee
Jim Curtis | (760) 391-4175
Email: jcurtis@indio.org
Film / Photo Permit: Download
La Quinta is a city located in the greater Palm Springs region (or the Coachella Valley) and borders the cities of Indian Wells and Indio.
The Robb Report credits La Quinta as the leading golf destination in the US. Among those destinations is the La Quinta Resort and Club, a resort dating to 1926, where director Frank Capra wrote the screenplay for Lost Horizon. The Tom Fazio-designed golf course at The Quarry at La Quinta is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the United States. In January 2008, the Arnold Palmer Classic Course at the city’s SilverRock Golf Resort became one of the four host golf courses for the annual Bob Hope Chrysler Classic PGA golf tournament.
Processing Time: 1-3 Days
Permit Fees:
Still Photography:
Application: $50 plus daily location fee
Daily Location Fee: $10 per day or $50 per 7-day week.
Film/Video Fees:
Application: $100 plus daily location fee
Daily Location Fee: $25 per day or $125 per 7-day week.
Insurance: $1 million liability

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Police/Sheriff: $37.80/hour per officer – 4 hr. min. + mileage.
Fire: Off duty volunteers available (donation basis).
Roads: Need Sheriff’s approval.
Encroachment Permit: Minimum Fee: $180
Traffic-Control: Costs or any additional costs as required by the chief of police shall be paid entirely by applicant.
Deby Conrad
Community Safety Manager | (760) 777-7022
Film Permit Application: Download
Palm Desert is a city in the greater Palm Springs region (or the Coachella Valley), approximately 14 miles east of the city of Palm Springs and 122 miles east of Los Angeles.
A major center of growth in the greater Palm Springs region, Palm Desert is a popular retreat for “snowbirds” from colder climates (the Eastern and Northern United States, and Canada), who swell its population by an estimated 31,000 each winter. In the past couple of years Palm Desert has seen more residents become “full-timers”, mainly from the coasts and urban centers of California, who have come for both affordable and high-valued home prices.
Processing Time: 5 days with no encroachment, 2 weeks with.
Permit Fees: Call for information.
Insurance: $1 million liability.
Police/Sheriff: $37.80/hour per officer + mileage.
Fire: Payment for services as needed; not usually required.
Roads: Road encroachment permit required if using roads.
Claudia Jaime
Office: (760) 776-6443
Email: cjaime@cityofpalmdesert.org
Film Permit Application: Page
Palm Springs is home to one of the country’s largest collections of mid-century architecture. Thousands of film friendly homes, apartments, hotels, businesses and other buildings were designed in this fashion across the city. International mid-century enthusiasts, filmmakers and photographers come to Palm Springs to admire the design, film on-location and photograph its beauty.
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in the Coachella Valley. It is located approximately 107 mi east of Los Angeles. Palm Springs covers approximately 94 square miles, making it the largest city in Riverside county by land area.

Still photography

Application Fee — $78 per production

Location Fee — $16 per day

Film Motion Picture

Application Fee — $156 per production

Location Fee — $42 per production

Per week (7 day period) $ 208

Permit Information:
Janice Lopez  |  (760) 323-8272
Secondary Contact:
Vicki Oltean |  (760) 323-8277
Film Permit Application: PDF Download
City Filming Policy & Regulations: PDF Download
City of Palm Springs Film Incentive: For movies and television shows, the City has a limited number of grants available to enable smaller productions the opportunity to film in Palm Springs. The grant amount is $5,000 with expenditures within the City of Palm Springs of a minimum of $25,000. The expenses may be in lodging, meals, rentals, retail purchases, location/venue rentals, etc. In addition, the movie/television show must acknowledge the City of Palm Springs in the credits.
To apply for this grant, please click here, fill out the application and send! Once submitted, you will receive a response that will let you know if any grant funds are still available. A subsequent expense report with receipts to verify your purchases will then be required. Reimbursement may take 2-3 weeks.
Contact the Greater Palm Springs Film Office for full details and questions: (760) 861-1182
Please check back soon for important and helpful tips.
Rancho Mirage is a resort city in the Greater Palm Springs region. In between Cathedral City and Palm Desert, it is one of the nine cities of the Coachella Valley.
Rancho Mirage has twelve golf courses, also known as country clubs. The city’s first resort was the Thunderbird Guest Ranch, opened in 1946 for entertainers and business clientele. Other golf resorts are the Tamarisk, Mission Hills, the Springs, Sunrise, Omni Resorts Rancho Las Palmas hotel (opened in 1979 to replace the Desert Air golf and private airport from 1954–1978), Rancho Mirage, Morningside, Mission Hills North Course, Westin Hotels Mission Hills resort, and Tuscania by Sunrise Company opened in 2006.
Processing Time: 1-3 days
Permit Fees: $571.00, with additional hourly staff time at the “actual rate.”
Insurance: $1 million liability
Police/Sheriff: $37.80/hour per officer + mileage (4 hour minimum)
Fire: Not usually required
Michael Schlange  |  (760) 324-4511 Ext. 273
Email: michaels@ranchomirageca.gov
Contact City.

| OTHER TOWNS & CITIES

Permits for unincorporated towns located within the greater Palm Springs region are issued by the Riverside County Film Commission. Permits for the southern high desert area, also serviced by the Alliance, are issued by the San Bernardino Film Commission or the respective cities.
Yucca Valley is a desert region in the west by the San Bernardino Mountains and in the south by the Joshua Tree National Park, the Yucca Valley community is located in the Mojave Desert at roughly 3,300 feet above sea level.
Processing Time: 1-5 working days
Permit Fees:
Less than 3 Day’s Notice –$24
3 Days Notice – $120
2 Days Notice – $360
Insurance: $1 million liability
Police/Sheriff: Handled through San Bernardino County
Fire: Handled through S.B. County
Roads: Contact Public Works
Robert Kirshwin | (760) 369-6575
Contact Robert Kirshwin for more information| (760) 369-6575
Film Incentive: The County of Riverside has waived permit fees for filming in Bermuda Dunes, an unincorporated area of Riverside County. They are also waiving permit fees and location fees for filming on any County owned property.
In addition, the County is currently waiving TOT (transient occupancy tax) for stays at hotels in unincorporated areas of the county during a film shoot.
The Riverside County Film Commission issues permits for Bermuda Dunes.
Bermuda Dunes is located near Indio and 23 miles east of the city of Palm Springs. Among other celebrities Clark Gable had a home in Bermuda Dunes. Bermuda Dunes is served by the Bermuda Dunes Airport.
County of Riverside
Official Website: Film Riverside County

Processing Time: 1-5 Days
Permit Fees: $450 Motion (waived); $350 Still (waived)
Insurance: $1 Million General Liability, Auto, Workers Compensation, and $5 Million Aircraft
Police/Sheriff: CHP $45-$77/Hourly (4 Hour Minimum) per officer
Fire: 3-10 Day Permit Processing for FX
Roads:
  • ITCs-Processing Fee: $112.00;
  • Permit Fee: $94.50 per day (waived);
  • Full Road Closure-All ITC fees plus closure Processing Fee: $156.00;
  • Closure Permit Fee: $91.50 per day (waived);
  • Traffic Control Plan required.
Special Provisions: Film friendly-Location assistance and photos available.
Stephanie Stethem – Cell (951) 295-8666
Bettina Breckenfeld – Cell (951) 203-0116
Office: (951) 255-2044
Email: info@filmriversidecounty.com
Website: http://filmriversidecounty.com
Address:
Riverside County Film Commission
3404 10th Street, Suite 400
Riverside, CA 92501
Film Incentive: The County of Riverside has waived permit fees for filming in North Palm Springs, an unincorporated area of Riverside County. They are also waiving permit fees and location fees for filming on any County owned property.
In addition, the County is currently waiving TOT (transient occupancy tax) for stays at hotels in unincorporated areas of the county during a film shoot.
The Riverside County Film Commission issues permits for North Palm Springs. The unincorporated town is located at the intersection of Dillon Road and North Indian Canyon Drive near the northern border of Palm Springs, north of Interstate 10.
County of Riverside
Official Website: Film Riverside County

Processing Time: 1-5 Days
Permit Fees: $450 Motion (waived); $350 Still (waived)
Insurance: $1 Million General Liability, Auto, Workers Compensation, and $5 Million Aircraft
Police/Sheriff: CHP $45-$77/Hourly (4 Hour Minimum) per officer
Fire: 3-10 Day Permit Processing for FX
Roads:
  • ITCs-Processing Fee: $112.00;
  • Permit Fee: $94.50 per day (waived);
  • Full Road Closure-All ITC fees plus closure Processing Fee: $156.00;
  • Closure Permit Fee: $91.50 per day (waived);
  • Traffic Control Plan required.
Special Provisions: Film friendly-Location assistance and photos available.
Stephanie Stethem – Cell (951) 295-8666
Bettina Breckenfeld – Cell (951) 203-0116
Office: (951) 255-2044
Email: info@filmriversidecounty.com
Website: http://filmriversidecounty.com
Address:
Riverside County Film Commission
3404 10th Street, Suite 400
Riverside, CA 92501
Film Incentive: The County of Riverside has waived permit fees for filming in North Shore, an unincorporated area of Riverside County. They are also waiving permit fees and location fees for filming on any County owned property, to include the North Shore Yacht Club.
In addition, the County is currently waiving TOT (transient occupancy tax) for stays at hotels in unincorporated areas of the county during a film shoot.
The Riverside County Film Commission issues permits for North Shore (Salton Sea). North Shore is in southeastern Riverside County, so named because of its location along the northeast shore of the Salton Sea, roughly 47 miles east of Palm Springs and 151 miles east of Los Angeles. The North Shore is located in Mecca, California, Riverside County.
One building is particularly noteworthy. The North Shore Beach and Yacht Club has been restored under a $3.35 million grant and since 2011 is open to the public as a Community Center and historical landmark.
North Shore is accessible via State Route 111 at the Imperial County line. The wildlife refuge and campground is a short distance south of the town.
County of Riverside
Official Website: Film Riverside County

Processing Time: 1-5 Days
Permit Fees: $450 Motion (waived); $350 Still (waived)
Insurance: $1 Million General Liability, Auto, Workers Compensation, and $5 Million Aircraft
Police/Sheriff: CHP $45-$77/Hourly (4 Hour Minimum) per officer
Fire: 3-10 Day Permit Processing for FX
Roads:
  • ITCs-Processing Fee: $112.00;
  • Permit Fee: $94.50 per day (waived);
  • Full Road Closure-All ITC fees plus closure Processing Fee: $156.00;
  • Closure Permit Fee: $91.50 per day (waived);
  • Traffic Control Plan required.
Special Provisions: Film friendly-Location assistance and photos available.
Stephanie Stethem – Cell (951) 295-8666
Bettina Breckenfeld – Cell (951) 203-0116
Office: (951) 255-2044
Email: info@filmriversidecounty.com
Website: http://filmriversidecounty.com
Address:
Riverside County Film Commission
3404 10th Street, Suite 400
Riverside, CA 92501
Film Incentive: The County of Riverside has waived permit fees for filming in Mecca, an unincorporated area of Riverside County. They are also waiving permit fees and location fees for filming on any County owned property.
In addition, the County is currently waiving TOT (transient occupancy tax) for stays at hotels in unincorporated areas of the county during a film shoot.
The Riverside County Film Commission issues permits for Mecca. The desert community lies on the North shore of the Eastern Coachella Valley’s Salton Sea and is surrounded by agricultural land.
County of Riverside
Official Website: Film Riverside County

Processing Time: 1-5 Days
Permit Fees: $450 Motion (waived); $350 Still (waived)
Insurance: $1 Million General Liability, Auto, Workers Compensation, and $5 Million Aircraft
Police/Sheriff: CHP $45-$77/Hourly (4 Hour Minimum) per officer
Fire: 3-10 Day Permit Processing for FX
Roads:
  • ITCs-Processing Fee: $112.00;
  • Permit Fee: $94.50 per day (waived);
  • Full Road Closure-All ITC fees plus closure Processing Fee: $156.00;
  • Closure Permit Fee: $91.50 per day (waived);
  • Traffic Control Plan required.
Special Provisions: Film friendly-Location assistance and photos available.
Stephanie Stethem – Cell (951) 295-8666
Bettina Breckenfeld – Cell (951) 203-0116
Office: (951) 255-2044
Email: info@filmriversidecounty.com
Website: http://filmriversidecounty.com
Address:
Riverside County Film Commission
3404 10th Street, Suite 400
Riverside, CA 92501
Film Incentive: The County of Riverside has waived permit fees for filming in Thousand Palms, an unincorporated area of Riverside County. They are also waiving permit fees and location fees for filming on any County owned property.
In addition, the County is currently waiving TOT (transient occupancy tax) for stays at hotels in unincorporated areas of the county during a film shoot.
The Riverside County Film Commission issues permits for Thousand Palms. Thousand Palms sits 12 miles east of Palm Springs and 116 miles from Los Angeles.
County of Riverside
Official Website: Film Riverside County

Processing Time: 1-5 Days
Permit Fees: $450 Motion (waived); $350 Still (waived)
Insurance: $1 Million General Liability, Auto, Workers Compensation, and $5 Million Aircraft
Police/Sheriff: CHP $45-$77/Hourly (4 Hour Minimum) per officer
Fire: 3-10 Day Permit Processing for FX
Roads:
  • ITCs-Processing Fee: $112.00;
  • Permit Fee: $94.50 per day (waived);
  • Full Road Closure-All ITC fees plus closure Processing Fee: $156.00;
  • Closure Permit Fee: $91.50 per day (waived);
  • Traffic Control Plan required.
Special Provisions: Film friendly-Location assistance and photos available.
Stephanie Stethem – Cell (951) 295-8666
Bettina Breckenfeld – Cell (951) 203-0116
Office: (951) 255-2044
Email: info@filmriversidecounty.com
Website: http://filmriversidecounty.com
Address:
Riverside County Film Commission
3404 10th Street, Suite 400
Riverside, CA 92501
Blythe is a city in Riverside County, located near the California/Arizona border in the Colorado Desert section of the Sonoran Desert, at the junction of Interstate 10 and US 95. The city has a total area of 27.0 square miles, of which 26.2 square miles is land and 0.8 square miles (2.90%) is water.
Nearby communities include Lost Lake and Vidal to the north, Ripley to the south, Desert Center to the west. Distance from Indio (95 miles), Palm Springs (120 miles), Riverside (172 miles), and Los Angeles (220 miles).
Permit Fees: No permit fees at the time of this publishing. Please contact Blythe Planning Department at 760-922-6130 for up-to-date information.
Police/Sheriff: Contact each agency for fees:
Blythe Police Department:
760-922-6111 (non-emergency)
Riverside County Sheriff:
760-921-7900 (non-emergency)
Fire: Contact Blythe Fire Dept: 760-922-6117
Insurance: $1 Million Liability.
Roads: Submit proposed encroachment with traffic control.
Special Provisions: Contact the Public Works Department for up-to-date provisions.
Development Services | (760) 922-6130
Contact Development Services | (760) 922-6130
Twentynine Palms is located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. The city has a total area of 59.1 square miles and an elevation of 1,988 feet. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms is located there.
Due in large part to its elevation, Twentynine Palms has a slightly cooler climate, especially during winter, than Palm Springs, but with essentially the same subtropical desert characteristics.
Processing Time: 1-2 Days
Permit Fees: $100 (discounted to $25 if submitted 30 days prior to filming)
Police/Sheriff: $32/hour per officer
Fire: Nothing established.
Insurance: $1 million liability, additionally insured endorsement.
Roads: Contact Public Works
Brenda Simmons | (760) 367-6799 x1007
Contact Brenda Simmons for more information | (760) 367-6799 x1007

| COUNTY PERMITS

The County of Riverside covers all unincorporated towns in the greater Palm Springs region and extends to the California/Arizona border including northern Salton Sea and permits are issued by the Riverside County Film Commission. San Bernardino County covers the unincorporated towns of the high desert region and San Bernardino Film Commission issues permits.
Film Incentive: The County of Riverside has waived permit fees for filming in unincorporated areas of Riverside County. They are also waiving permit fees and location fees for filming on any County owned property.
In addition, the County is currently waiving TOT (transient occupancy tax) for stays at hotels in unincorporated areas of the county during a film shoot.
For complete details, please visit the official Riverside County Film Commission website or contact the commissioners directly:
Stephanie Stethem – Cell (951) 295-8666
Bettina Breckenfeld – Cell (951) 203-0116
The Riverside County Film Commission issues permits for all county owned properties and unincorporated communities in the greater Palm Springs region to include:
Bermuda Dunes
Indio Hills
Mecca
North Palm Springs
North Shore (Salton Sea)
Sky Valley
Thousand Palms
Whitewater
The Commission also works with the City of Blythe.
All unincorporated communities of Riverside County:
AL
AlberhillLa Cresta
AlessandroLost Lake Resort
ArcillaM
Arnold HeightsMecca
BMortmar
BelltownN
Bermuda DunesNorth Palm Springs
Biskra PalmsNorth Shore (Salton Sea)
BlyP
Bonnie BellPinyon Pines
Box SpringsR
CRadec
Cactus CityRancho Capistrano
Cahuilla HillsRiver Bend Lodge
CahuillaS
Chiriaco SummitSage
DSun City
De Luz HeightsT
Desert BeachThousand Palms
EV
East BlytheValerie
Edgemont, Riverside CountyW
El CarisoWhitewater
G
Gilman Hot Springs
I
Indio Hills
Processing Time: 1-5 Days
Permit Fees: $450 Motion (waived); $350 Still (waived)
Insurance: $1 Million General Liability, Auto, Workers Compensation, and $5 Million Aircraft
CHP: $86.34 per hour for Officers & $105.02 for Sergeants. There is also a $0.34 per mile fee.
Fire: 3-10 Day Permit Processing for FX
Roads:
  • ITCs-Processing Fee: $112.00;
  • Permit Fee: $94.50 per day (waived);
  • Full Road Closure-All ITC fees plus closure Processing Fee: $156.00;
  • Closure Permit Fee: $91.50 per day (waived);
  • Traffic Control Plan required.
Special Provisions: Film friendly-Location assistance and photos available.
Stephanie Stethem – Cell (951) 295-8666
Bettina Breckenfeld – Cell (951) 203-0116
Office: (951) 255-2044
Email: info@filmriversidecounty.com
San Bernardino County Film Commission issues filming permits for the unincorporated communities of San Bernardino County and offers film friendly location assistance, photos and support.
Popular filming communities near the greater Palm Springs region (Hi Desert Communities) include:
Hinkley
Landers
Morongo Valley
Pioneer Town
All San Bernardino County Film Commission unincorporated communities:
AJ
AftonJohnson Valley
AmboyK
Angelus OaksKramer Hills
ArgusKramer Junction
Arrowbear LakeKramer
Arrowhead FarmsL
BLa Delta
Baldy MesaLanders
Bell MountainLudlow
Blue JayM
BrymanMojave Heights
CMount Baldy
CadizMountain Home Village
Cedar GlenMountain Pass
Cedarpines ParkN
CimaNewberry Springs
CraftonNipton
Crest ParkO
CushenburyOro Grande
DP
DaggettParker Dam
DanbyParker Junction
DeclezvillePatton
DevorePhelan
EPioneer Point
EarpPioneertown
El MirageR
EssexRed Mountain
FRimforest
FawnskinS
FennerSkyforest
Forest FallsSugarloaf
GSunfair Heights
GoffsSunfair
Green Valley LakeT
GuastiTrona
HTwin Peaks
Halloran SpringsV
Havasu LakeVenus
HelendaleVidal Junction
HinkleyVidal
HodgeW
IWild Crossing
IvanpahWrightwood
JY
Johnson ValleyYermo
Z
Zzyzx
Processing Time: 1-3 days
Permit Fees: Motion: $150 / Still: $100
Processing Fee: $100
Application Fee: Motion: $200 / Still: $150
Insurance: $1 million general liability; $1 million Auto liability; $1 million Workers Comp; $10 million liability for aircraft
Police/Sheriff: Roads: hourly via CHP.; Other: hourly via sheriff
Fire: $340 permit fee; Fire permit required for all hazardous/SFX shoots; Hourly for personnel & equipment if required
Roads: 1-5 days
Road Fees: $314 for the first day, $52 for every day after
Road encroachment: Permit & CHP approval required.
Dan Taylor | (909) 300-5648  |  (951) 415-9600 cell
Email | sbcountyfilm@outlook.com

| TRIBAL PERMITS 

The native Cahuilla tribe represented in the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Torres-Martinez Band of Cahuilla Indians, and the Santa Rosa Indian Reservation south of Palm Desert, each have reservations in the area, each issuing their own permits.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians invites you to explore our beautiful reservation for your filming and photography needs. From secluded spring-fed waterfalls in our Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon recreation parks to our vibrant, luxury, casino resorts and golf courses, the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation is a location manager’s dream.
For permit information, contact:
Kate Anderson | Director of Public Relations
Direct (760) 699-6925
Contact:
Kate Anderson | Director of Public Relations
Direct (760) 699-6925
For downloads, contact:
Kate Anderson | Director of Public Relations
Direct (760) 699-6925

| STATE & FEDERAL PERMITS

The greater Palm Springs region is surrounded by, and intertwined with pockets of land, including conservation zones governed by state and federal agencies; each responsible for issuing permits. The Alliance strongly advises securing the proper permits for filming in these zones in order to protect our local habitat. If in doubt, please call the Alliance.
In California, the Bureau of Land Management manages 11 million acres of unique and diverse desert landscapes rich with recreational, cultural and historical, environmental and archaeological resources.
Processing Time: 2 weeks
Permit Fees:
Motion: 1-30 people $250/day; 31-60 people $500/day; over 60 people $600/day
Still: 1-10 people $100/day; 11-30 people $150/day; over 30 people $250/day
Insurance: $1 million liability
Police/Sheriff: varies – if needed
Fire: Varies – if needed
Roads: Varies – if needed
Special Provisions: Case-by-case stipulations for each location. Environmental review needed on many applications but not all.
Box Canyon Road (case-by-case)
Painted Canyon Road (case-by-case)
Palen Sand Dunes (case-by-case)
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Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs – South Coast Field Office

1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7100
Fax: (760) 833-7199
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., M-F
Contact us by Email
Contact the BLM download information: Submission Form
The Forest Service permits commercial filming & Photography on public lands. Like other commercial uses of National Forest System lands (NFS) and resources, commercial filming & photography require a Special Use Permit issued by the District Ranger.
Prior to the issuance of the permit, the Forest Service will determine if there are any environmental concerns in the proposed shoot location. The Forest Service may deny permits for filming that depict practices prohibited on NFS lands (i.e. operating vehicles off-road, maintaining an illegal campfire, littering, etc).
The Forest Service encourages use of environmental messages and depiction of environmentally sound practices in connection with the filming. Staff will work with the film producers on ways to incorporate such messages and practices in a manner consistent with the production.
Fees:
Still Photography
1-10 persons: $ 83.59/day
11-30 persons: $ 250.74/day
31+ persons: $ 417.89/day
Motion Picture, Television, Video
1-10 persons: $ 250.74/day
11-30 persons: $ 334.30/day
31-60 persons: $ 835.78/day
61+ persons: $ 1,006.13/day
(note: these fees change almost every year)
Cost Recovery:
In order to respond to the needs of the industry, it is necessary for our representatives to put aside their normal work to process permit requests and conduct studies that may be needed to facilitate the use of an area.
In some cases, a Forest Officer or a third party monitor may be assigned to the production as a monitor to insure resource protection and public safety.The monitor will act as the District Ranger’s representative approving or disapproving requests that may occur during filming. The monitor also has the authority to suspend operations for non-compliance.
The production company will pay expenses incurred by the Forest Service through Cost Recovery, depending on the amount of time necessary to process the permit application and monitoring if needed (Processing and Monitoring are assessed separately). All Special Use Permits for filming on the National Forest are subject to Cost Recovery. The minimum charge in addition to the permit fees above is $121.
Insurance:
The Special Use Permit requires that the permit holder indemnify the United States against any liability arising from the use or occupancy of NFS lands. The permit requires the holder to have their insurance company name the United States Government as an additionally insured party. The minimum required liability coverage shall be as follows:
  1. General liability (each occurrence) – $300,000;
  2. Property damage (each occurrence) – $25,000;
  3. Death or injury (to one person) – $100,000; and
  4. Death and injury (to more than one person) – $300,000.
A copy of a Certificate of Insurance and a letter of endorsement (ISO form # CG-20-12-07-98 or equivalent) will be required prior to the issuance of the permit. In the event that aircraft will be used, an additional Certificate of Insurance and Letter of Endorsement, naming the United States Government as additionally insured, in the amount of $10 million is required. NO HAND-WRITTEN CERTIFICATES OR ENDORSEMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
John Ladley
San Jacinto Ranger District
909-382-2934
jladley@fs.fed.us
Downloads:
John Ladley
San Jacinto Ranger District
909-382-2934
jladley@fs.fed.us
Official Filming Webpage: Joshua Tree Filming
Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park. It covers a land area of 790,636 acres (1,235.37 sq mi) – an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of the park, some 429,690 acres, is a designated wilderness area. Straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park.
Processing Time: 1-5 days
Permit Fees:
$100-$225 application fee
$125 processing fee
$50/hour monitoring fee per monitor (2 hour min.)
Insurance: $1 million liability
Police/Sheriff: Varies – if needed
Fire: Varies – if needed
Special Provisions: Bonds: $2,000-$5,000 (refundable barring any resource damage). No aircraft or animals allowed. Number of vehicles limited. Five (and only five) specific locations set aside for filming in park.
LiLi McGary – Park Ranger
Email: li_li_mcgary@nps.gov
Office: (760) 367-5545
Fax: (760) 367-5546
Joshua Tree National Park: Download

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