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Filming in Newport Beach is regulated by Newport Beach Municipal Code Section 5.46. Film permits are required for any commercial film activity that occurs within the City of Newport Beach. Film activity includes still photography, film or video production. Any person desiring to use any property for the purpose of staging, shooting, making, capturing, taking or recording of images for any commercial or business purpose shall, not less than fourteen (14) days before the date on which such person desires to conduct such activity, file a Film Permit Application

The applicant must obtain a property owners permission, consent, and or lease for use of property not owned or controlled by the City.  The City may determine that the applicant, as a condition to film permit approval, notify any areas impacted by the production by distributing a Film Notification.  All coordination with Homeowner Associations, property owners, schools and residents shall be the responsibility of the applicant.  

Film permits may be denied if deemed contrary to public convenience and or is declared to constitute a public nuisance.


2013/2014 Film Rates:


Application Fee:        $494.00 (non refundable)

Permit Fee:                $276.00 (daily charge)

Student Films:           Exempt


Additional Fees:        The applicant shall place on deposit with the City the estimated costs to be incurred by the City related to the activities conducted under the permit. The applicant shall reimburse the City for any additional costs incurred by the City within ten (10) days of receiving notice. These fees may include and are based upon the cost of any City provided service in conjunction with your production including the costs for City personnel, Park and Recreation fees, parking, and street closures.



General Liability

As a condition of granting a permit, the City of Newport Beach shall require the applicant to provide General Liability Insurance for the full period of time for which the permit is granted.  A certificate and endorsements evidencing that such insurance is in force shall be filed with the City before any such permit is effective.


Workers Compensation

Applicant is required to comply with Section 3700 of the Labor Code of the State of California requiring every employer to be insured against liability for workers compensation or to undertake self insurance before commencing any work.  




For information regarding filming in Newport Beach, please send an email to   

Revenue Film staff are available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am - 12:00 noon. 




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Last updated: 11/15/2013 11:04:49 AM