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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.

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| CITY PERMITS

STEP 1: Contact a Permit Specialist (760) 861-1182. The greater Palm Springs region consists of nine desert cities, interwoven by a checkerboard of tribal lands and government jurisdiction. A Permit Specialist will provide information on the permit process for each city and jurisdiction, including access to crew, vendor services, casting, location scouting and crew accommodations.
New: Neighborhood Notification Requirement. Learn More

Palm Springs

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.
*Permit Processing Fee: $99.00
Film & Motion Picture:
Application Fee: $168.00
Location Fee: $45.00
Per Week: $224 (7 day period)
Still Photography:
Application Fee: $84
Location Fee: $17
Neighborhood Notification Service (*Non-city Provided):
First Location: $229
Additional Location(s) $99
Order Notification Service
Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance & Film Office – Permit Information:
Levi Vincent  |  (760) 861-1182
Email  |  permits@palmspringsfilm.com
Direct  |  levi@palmspringsfilm.com
Film Permit Application: PDF Download
City Filming Policy & Regulations: PDF Download
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:
Still Photography Fee:
Application Fee $50
Location Fee $10/per day or $50/per 7-day week
Film/Television/Video Fee:
Application Fee $100
Location Fee $10/per day or $125/per 7-day week
Insurance: An insurance certificate must be submitted. Requirements: Minimum $2 million General Liability Limit, Proof of Worker’s Compensation, City of Indio named as additional insured. $10 million Aircraft Liability (when applicable).
Edith Sanchez | (760) 391-4175
Email: esanchez@indio.org
Jim Curtis | (760) 391-4174
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:
Film/Television $100 Application fee plus $25/daily or $125/weekly
Photo $50 Application fee plus $10/daily or $50/weekly
Incroachment: $251
Insurance: $1 million liability.
Police/Sheriff: Contact Palm Desert PD (760) 836-1600
Fire: Contact Sonia Cooley – Fire Marshall (760) 346-1870

Code Compliance/Business Licensing:

Claudia Jaime
cjaime@cityofpalmdesert.org
(760) 346-0611 ext 443

Sylvia Carrasco
scarrasco@cityofpalmdesert.org
(760) 346-0611 ext 582

Film Permit Application: Page

Permits are required for film/photo throughout the City of Palm Desert.

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.

| COUNTY PERMITS

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 Riverside County jurisdiction located within the greater Palm Springs region. 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. Much of the open land is federal land so it’s very important that you speak to a Permit Specialist first.
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.
For complete details, please visit the official Riverside County Film Commission website or contact the commissioners directly:
RIVERSIDE COUNTY FILM COMMISSION: Office (951) 955-2044
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: $90.45 per hour for Officers & $110.03 for Sergeants. There is also a $0.83 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.

CONTACT US

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