Filming in Simi Valley

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Filming in Simi Valley

The City of Simi Valley welcomes filmmakers to take advantage of the City’s unique geography and close proximity to Los Angeles.  The City welcomes dozens and dozens of productions every year and has earned a strong reputation for fast, friendly service and Across Simi Valleypermitting policies.



Contact Us

The City's Filming Office is happy to help you find the location you are looking for in Simi Valley, whether you are looking for that hard-to-find location that only locals know about, looking for a base camp for your shoot, or anything and anywhere in between.  We are also standing by to answer any questions you may have about the City's permitting process.  Please contact the Filming Office at:

Filming at Ice-o-Plex Ice RinkOverview of Permit Process

The City's permit process is designed to be user-friendly for filmmakers while ensuring that the public’s health, safety, and property will be protected during filming. To avoid potential problems during the shoot, applicants may be responsible for notifying any affected nearby homes or businesses before filming.  The City may also place specific conditions on Location Film Permits to ensure a smooth filmmaking experience, depending on the nature of the project.  For example, uniformed police personnel must be present during any street closures.


Film Permit Applications

The City's Location Filming Permit Application Packet contains everything you need to know for your application. The packet includes the following:

  • A completed Location Filming Application (page 2)
  • A completed Questionnaire for Filming from the Ventura County Fire Protection District (page 3)
  • A signed Hold Harmless and Indemnification Agreement (page 4)
  • Certification of Insurance, satisfactory to the City (pages 5-6)
  • Public notification items (pages 7-10)
  • Listing of fees (page 11)
  • Temporary Sign Regulations (page 12)
  • A Location Agreement signed by the applicable property owner(s), including the filming site and any parking sites (Not in package)
City staff will work diligently to review all applications as quickly as possible, but applicants are encouraged to submit applications at least five working days before shooting begins to allow time for affected agencies to complete their review.


Submitting an Application

The City knows time is of the essence, and staff will accept applications in whatever manner is most convenient for you.  You may submit applications in person at City Hall, located at 2929 Tapo Canyon Road (map).  You may fax applications to (805) 583-6399.  You may also make arrangements for submitting applications via E-mail by calling the Customer Services Division at (805) 583-6842.

Also for your convenience, the City may fax or E-mail your approved Location Filming Permit to you to save time.



Notice of Proposed FilmingPublic Notifications

When adjacent residents and businesses know to expect filming, you will have the smoothest filming experience possible.  The City requires notification of affected residents and businesses.  If notifications are needed, you must provide all notifications and submit a list of signatures for those receiving the notice, before issuance of a permit.  Instructions for the City's notification procedures are included on pages 6-9 of the Location Filming Permit Application Packet.  If you are not sure if notifications will be required for your shoot, please contact us.



Street Closures

The City allows filmmakers to close City streets to accommodate filming activities, including both Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) and Intermittent Pedestrian Control (IPC) services.  However, to ensure satisfactory traffic flow, it is the City’s general policy that no filming that has traffic impacts shall take place between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, on any of the streets below:

Alamo Street
Country Club Drive
First Street
Long Canyon Road
Madera Road
Stearns Street
Tapo Canyon Road
Yosemite Avenue
Cochran Street
Easy Street
Fitzgerald Road
Los Angeles Avenue
Royal Avenue
Sycamore Drive
Tierra Rejada Road
Cottonwood Drive
Erringer Road
Kuehner Drive
Lost Canyons Drive
Sequoia Avenue
Tapo Street
Wood Ranch Parkway

Exceptions to this general policy may be considered on a case by case basis depending on the mitigation measures proposed by applicants.


Temporary Trash Bins
 
If your film crew will need temporary trash bins, you must use one of the City's two franchised waste collectors.  For current rates and rental information, please contact either Anderson Rubbish at (805) 526-1919 or G.I. Industries at (805) 522-9400.
 
 
No Parking Signs

Filmmakers may request permission to post temporary "No Parking" signs on public streets as part of their applications, subject to the City's Temporary No Parking Sign Standards.  If approved by the City, filmmakers must purchase City-approved signs and post them at least 48 hours before the parking prohibitions may take effect.

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