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Welcome to the Official Film Office of Greater Palm Springs!

STEP 1: Contact a Permit Specialist (760) 861-1182. A Permit Specialist will help you understand the permit process for Palm Springs and other local desert cities, including the unincorporated towns, tribal, state and federal lands located within the greater Palm Springs region.

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 a Permit Specialist at (760) 861-1182 for immediate support.


Palm Springs

Where to Start:

Complete the film permit here: PDF Download and submit to: permits@palmspringsfilm.com


COMMERCIAL FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITS

COVID-19: All Palm Springs city-filmed productions are required to staff a COVID-19 Safety Compliance Officer during all hours of operation. Productions filming at ‘public’ locations are required to remain masked at all times, including talent in-front of camera. IMPORTANT: COVID-19 CONDITIONS CHANGE DAILY – please CALL (760) 861-1182 for updates and requirements.

Facilities fee: Facilities managed by various city departments have fee schedules established for their use. Use fees appropriate to these facilities will be applied in addition to application and location fees.

Service Fee: Fees will be changed to cover expenses to the city for personnel, equipment and vehicle expenses incurred by the city to assist a film project. This will reflect actual cost to the city and are applied, in addition to application and location fees.

Film & Motion Picture:

Application Fee: $172.00

Location Fee: $46.00
Per Week: $229 (7 day period)

Still Photography:

Application Fee: $86
Location Fee: $17

Permit Processing Fee¹: $149.00

Neighborhood Notification Service²: Learn More

First Location: $229
Additional Location(s) $99
Order Notification Service

Insurance Requirements:

Liability Insurance: Before a permit is issued, a certificate of insurance will be required in an amount of at least $1,000,000 naming the city as a co-insured for protection against claims of third persons for personal injuries, wrongful death, and property damage. The city and employees shall be named as additional insured (3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262) The certificate shall not be subject to cancellation or modification until after thirty days’ written notice to the city. A copy of the certificate will remain on file.

Worker’s Compensation Insurance: An applicant shall conform to all applicable federal and state requirements for Worker’s Compensation Insurance for all persons operating under a permit.


¹Permit Processing Fee applies to any single city permit with unlimited locations with that jurisdiction, and is non-city billed and billed separately.
²Neighborhood Notification Service, upon City demand, is usually required for residential productions and based on a case-by-case basis for business. It is non-city billed and billed separately. The City will inform us when Notification is required.
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.

Film Permit Application: PDF Download

City Filming Policy & Regulations: PDF Download


Riverside County Film Commission

The Riverside County Film Commission (RCFC), a division of the Riverside County Economic Development Agency (RivCo EDA), is recognized by the California Film Commission as the official advocate for filming interests in the region.
The Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance & Film Office is proud to process local permits for the following county locations throughout the Coachella Valley including: North Salton Sea, Eagle Mountain, Sky Valley, Mecca, Bermuda Dunes, Indio Hills, and of course, solar farms and the iconic wind turbines.
Please contact Levi Vincent (760) 861-1182 or you may contact the County directly: Debi Moore (951) 955-0289

Other Desert City Permits:

Desert Hot Springs  |  Palm Desert  |  Rancho Mirage  |  La Quinta  |  Coachella  |  Indian Wells  |  Indio

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3111 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 139 • Palm Springs, California 92262 • +1 (760) 861-1182

The Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance & Film Office is non-government owned & operated.

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