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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.  

Call us at (805) 583-6736
Fax us at (805) 583-6399
Visit us at 2929 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, CA 93063
or send us an E-mail.  

Filming at Ice-o-Plex Ice Rink

Overview 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 film-making 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 Location Filming Application (page 2)
  • A Questionnaire for Filming from the Ventura County Fire Department (page 3)
  • Insurance Requirements (page 4-5)
  • A Hold Harmless and Indemnification Agreement (page 6)
  • Public notification items (pages 7-11)
  • Listing of Fees (page 12)
  • Temporary Sign Regulations (page 13)
  • Student Filming Requirements (page 14)

A Location Agreement signed by the applicable property owner(s), including the filming site and any parking sites must also be provided. 

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. If ITC/IPC services are requested, a two-week notification is preferred in order to guarantee police coverage, Map submittal identifying the placement of "No Parking" signs must be included with application filing. 

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) 583-6736.

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

Notice of Proposed Filming

Public Notifications

When adjacent residents and businesses know to expect filming, you will have the smoothest filming experience possible.  The City requires a Notice of Proposed Filming notification be provided to 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 7-10 of the Location Filming Permit Application Packet.  If you are not sure if notifications will be required for your shoot, please contact us
 
Sometimes, the City will ask for Certification of Permissions as opposed to simply notifications. If this is the case, use page 11 found in the Location Filming Permit Application Packet.

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 the City's franchised trash service provider. For current rates and rental information, please contact 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 72 hours before the parking prohibitions may take effect, or the City can post them for you for a fee. Please see the the Location Filming Permit Fees on page 12 of the Location Filming Permit Application

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