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FILM PERMITS

Film Oasis works closely with our nine Coachella Valley cities and other entities to expedite the permitting process. Depending on the location(s) you choose, you may be required to obtain a permit from more than one city or agency.

For more information on the process of obtaining permits from each location check below. 

  • City of Cathedral City

    68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero
    Cathedral City, CA 92234
    Main: 760.770.0340
    www.cathedralcity.gov

    Hours:

    Starting October 1st
    7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday

    Visitors say that Cathedral City’s festivals and special events continually draw them back to this “Most Livable” city; a hometown vibe, desert flora and scenic golf courses make them want to stay. The Festival Lawn and the new Cathedral City Community Amphitheater play host to many popular events including the Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival, Taste of Jalisco and LGBT Days. The historic Cathedral City Cove neighborhood, once home to renowned artists like Agnes Pelton, remains a vibrant artist community.

    Contacts
    Stone James, Economic Development Director, sjames@cathedralcity.gov, 760.770.0336
    Melody Segura, Assistant Planner, msegura@cathedralcity.gov, 760.770.0380

    Permits
    Processing Time: 1-3 business days (longer if fire, police and engineering are involved)
    Fees: Still photography $50 plus $10/day or $50/week; Motion $100 plus $25/day or $125/week. The City generally does not require a film permit if filming takes place on private property.

    Insurance
    Minimum $1million dollar general liability

    Police/Sheriff/Fire: Assessed on case-by-case basis

  • City of Coachella

    1515 Sixth Street
    Coachella, CA 92236
    Main: 760.398.3502
    www.coachella.org

    Hours:
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Closed Friday

    Perched at the easternmost edge of the valley, Coachella is abundant in fresh fruit, vegetables and local dates from the surrounding fields and groves. The city boasts art, history and culture in the heart of downtown at Pueblo Viejo.  There, you can take a walking tour of the vibrant Coachella Walls street mural project and see the Casa de Trabajador where famous Latino-American civil rights activist Cesar Chavez spent time organizing farmworkers. This growing, family-oriented community is also home to the Coachella Boxing Club and several spacious parks. The 1,400-foot-long community Shady Lane Mural across from Dateland Park is a must-see.

    Contacts
    Rene Rosales, Code Compliance Manager, rrosales@coachella.org , 760.398.4978.
    Secondary contact: Luis Lopez, Development Services Director, llopez@coachella.org, 760.398.3102,

    Permits
    Processing Time: 1-5 business days
    Fees: None
    Still photography $50 per day, $100 annual fee, and $500 bond
    Motion: Flat fee of $120

    Insurance
    Minimum $1 million dollar liability

    Police/Sheriff: At cost, determined by City and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Coachella Police Department.

    Fire: At cost, as determined by City and Riverside County Fire Department

    Road Encroachment Permit: Assessed on case-by-case basis

  • City of Desert Hot Springs

    11999 Palm Drive
    Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
    Main: 760.329.6411
    www.cityofdhs.org
    http://www.cityofdhs.org/filming

    Hours:
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Closed Friday

    Sitting over one of the world’s finest natural hot mineral water aquifers, Desert Hot Springs boasts nearly three dozen health spas and spa hotels, ranging from retro-hip motels to family-style resorts and ultra-luxury retreats. Desert Hot Springs is purported to be an “Earth Energy Vortex” where five natural energy sources converge. The Hopi-inspired Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, public art installations and murals, and the annual Desert Hot Springs Spa Tour are popular attractions.

    Contacts
    http://www.cityofdhs.org/filming
    comdevdirector@cityofdhs.org
    (760) 329.6411

    Permits
    Applications: Submit at least 10 business days prior to production; however, permits can be expedited if necessary
    Processing Time: 1-3 business days
    Fees: Film Permit Minor : $260 application fee plus $15 daily location fee. Film Permit Major: $765 application fee plus $25 daily location fee.

    Insurance
    Minimum $1 million dollar liability

    Police Department: Assessed on a case-by-case basis. Call 760.329.2904

    Fire Department: Assessed on a case-by-case basis. Call 760.540.1878

    Road Encroachment Permit: Charges vary depending upon complexity of street closure.

  • City of Indian Wells

    44950 Eldorado Drive
    Indian Wells, CA 92210
    Main: 760.346.2489
    www.cityofindianwells.org

    Hours:
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

    Golf and tennis dominate this tiny city embraced by scenic mountains and palms. Home to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden where the sport’s top players compete in the annual BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells is also a golfer’s paradise with lush greens and luxury resorts. Annual events include the Indian Wells Arts Festival and Desert Lexus Jazz Festival. The Living Desert Zoo and Garden is located in both Indian Wells and Palm Desert.

    Contact
    Luis Rubalcava, Assistant Planner, lrubalcava@indianwells.com

    , 760.776.0229

    Permits
    Processing Time: up to 5 business days if police and fire review are not required upon submittal of complete application. Projects requiring police and fire review/conditioning may take up to two weeks for processing.
    Fee: $41.07 application fee
    City permits are required for filming on private property.

     

    Insurance
    Minimum $1million dollar liability

    Police/Sheriff/Fire
    Assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Aerial
    The City allows certified drone camera use for private property; however drones are not permitted for sporting events at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Neither manned helicopters nor low flying airplanes are permitted for filming and special events.

  • City of Indio

    100 Civic Center Mall
    Indio, CA 92201
    Main: 760.391.4000
    www.indio.org

    Hours for film permits:
    7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

    Known as the “City of Festivals” Indio shines with its many events. Millions of people visit each year to attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, International Tamale Festival, Southwest Arts Festival and Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. Polo dominates part of the year with both day and night matches at the Empire Polo Club. The Coachella Valley History Museum, Coachella Valley Art Center, Indio Performing Arts Center and street murals of Old Town Indio highlight a thriving arts scene.

    Contacts
    Edith Sanchez, Community Program Assistant, esanchez@indio.org, 760.391.4175
    Jim Curtis, Community Services Supervisor, jcurtis@indio.org, 760.391.4174

    Permits
    Submit at least 10 business days prior to production; however, permits can be expedited if necessary.
    Processing Time: 1-5 business days
    Fee: Still photography $50 application fee plus location fee of $10/day or $50/week; Film/video production $100 application fee plus location fee of $10/day or $125/week.

    Insurance
    Minimum $2 million general liability
    $10 million aircraft liability, if applicable

    Police/Sheriff/Fire/Roads
    Assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on project requirements.

    Special provisions: No permit is required on private property as long as shoot does not impact the public (e.g. fully obstructing streets or parking).

  • City of La Quinta

    78495 Calle Tampico
    La Quinta, CA 92253
    760.777.7000
    www.la-quinta.org

    Hours:
    7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

    Known for its natural beauty and surrounding San Rosa Mountains backdrop, La Quinta exudes a laid back Old California vibe. In addition to the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club, a landmark since 1926, Old Town La Quinta boast sidewalk cafes, a weekly organic farmers market and special events. Neighborhood settings are diverse, from the historic La Quinta Cove with its nature trails to more contemporary homes in the gated and non-gated communities of North La Quinta.

    Contact
    Kevin Meredith, Code Compliance Supervisor, kmeredith@laquintaca.gov , 760.777.7034 or Code Compliance help desk CodeComplianceMail@laquintaca.gov 760-777-7050

     

    Permits
    Applications: Submit 30 days  prior to production.
    Processing Time: As soon as possible but no longer than 30 days
    Fees: Still photography $50 application fee plus $10/daily or $50/weekly location fee; Film/TV/Video: $100 application fee plus $25/daily or $125/weekly location fee.

    The City charges a flat fee of $100.00 for one to three person and $400.00 for four or more persons (Film/Photography Permit).  This fee does not include business license or inspection fees that may be required from Building/Public Works/Police/Fire etc. 

     

    Insurance
    Minimum $1 million general liability

    Police/Fire
    Assessed on case-by-case basis depending on project requirements. Call the La Quinta Police Department at (760) 863-8990 and the Riverside County Fire Department Office of the Fire Marshal at (760) 863-8886 for details and fee.

    Road Encroachment Permit
    Required for productions filming in public right-of-way.

    Aerial
    Commercial drone camera use prohibited in City parks and City facilities.

  • City of Palm Desert

    73510 Fred Waring Drive
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    Main: 760.346.0611
    www.cityofpalmdesert.org

    Hours:
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

    The cultural hub of the valley, Palm Desert is filled with public art, galleries and is home to the McCallum Theatre performing arts center. There are myriad hiking, biking and golfing opportunities as well as film-friendly Living Desert Zoo and its 1,200 acres of wildlife exhibits and botanical gardens, plus a wildlife hospital and conservation center.

    Contact

    Thomas Soule, Public Information Officer
    tsoule@cityofpalmdesert.org, 760.837.1660

    Permits
    Applications: Submit at least 10 business days prior to production
    Processing time: 3-5 days or more depending on complexity of project
    Fees: Still photography $50 application fee plus $10/daily or $50/weekly location fee; Film/TV/Video: $100 application fee plus $25/daily or $125/weekly location fee.

    City permits are required at all locations within City of Palm Desert boundaries.
    Productions planning to film in Palm Desert Civic Center Park should contact the Palm Desert Community Center, 760.568.9697.

    Insurance
    Minimum $1 million general liability

    Police/Fire
    If traffic control required, contact Palm Desert Police Department, (760) 836-100 for details and fee.
    If Fire Department services required, contact Fire Marshal Sonia Cooley, (760) 346-1870

    Encroachment Permit
    Required if blocking any portion public right-of-way
    Fee: $251

  • City of Palm Springs

    3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Main: 760.323.8299
    www.palmsprings-ca.gov

    Hours:
    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Palm Springs has skyrocketed into global stardom for its ultra-chic resorts and hotels, midcentury modern architecture, and superb restaurants. Top annual events include the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, Modernism Week in February, and ongoing outstanding exhibitions at the Palm Springs Art Museumand Architectural and Design Center. Premier attractions include the Palm Springs Aerial TramwayIndian Canyons and Moorten Botanical Garden.

    Contact
    Janice Lopez, Film Permit Officer, JaniceL@palmsprings-ca.gov, 760.323.8272

    Visit Film in Palm Springs website at www.psfilmfriendly.com for complete guidelines and permits
     

  • City of Rancho Mirage

    69825 Highway 111
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
    Main: 760.324.4511
    www.ranchomirageca.gov

    Hours:
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

    Known as the “Playground of Presidents,” Rancho Mirage is the home of Sunnylands, a historic midcentury modern residence, which has hosted a long list of notable guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Frank Sinatra, and numerous summits between the U.S. and international leaders. Attractions and activities also include gaming at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort SpaChildren’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, and newly expanded community park with a state-of-the-art amphitheater.

    Contact
    Michael Schlange, Marketing & Events Specialist, michael@ranchomirageca.gov, 760.324.4511 ext. 273

    Permits
    Applications: Submit at least 10 business days prior to production:
    Processing time: 1-3  days
    Fees: Still and motion - $571 flat application fee
    Filming in residential areas is allowed on a case-by-case basis.

    Insurance
    Minimum $1 million general liability

    Police/Fire
    Assessed on a case-by-case basis. Call Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, (760) 836-1600 and the Fire Marshal’s office at (760) 346-1870 for details and fees.

    Road Encroachment Permit
    Required for public right-of-way; private communities require HOA approval.

  • Riverside County

    Permits are required for filming in Riverside County unincorporated areas, county facilities or properties. Visit  www.filmriversidecounty.com for assistance.

  • California State Parks

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    Contact State Park unit a minimum of one week prior to production.
    After the Park has completed form DPR245A, contact the California Film Commission to complete the permitting process.

    Insurance

    Minimum of $1 million general liability
    Film-related aircraft activity: $10 million aircraft liability
    State Park monitors required based on production company size

    For complete details, see the Guidelines for Filming in California State Parks or contact the California Film Commission

    MT. SAN JACINTO STATE PARK WILDERNESS

    25905 Highway 243
    Idyllwild, CA 92549

    Contact: Brady Her, California State Park Peace Officer Supervisor
    brady.her@parks.ca.gov, 760-327-0222

    SALTON SEA STATE RECREATION AREA

    100-225 State Park Road
    Mecca, CA 92254
    Park Main: 760.393.3059
    Visitor Center: 760.393.3810
    www.parks.ca.gov

    Visitor Center Hours:
    Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October-May
    Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June-September

    Contact:,  Steve Quartieri, District Superintendent Salton Sea SRA, Picacho SRA, Ocotillo Wlls SRA and , Steve.Quartieri@parks.ca.gov 760.7674953

    Permit Fee: $100
    Other fees determined on a case-by-case basis.

    ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK

    200 Palm Canyon Drive
    Borrego Springs, CA 92004
    Park Office: 760.767.5311
    Visitor Center: 760.7674205

    Contact:
    Cheryll Schulz, Staff Service Analyst, Colorado Desert District

    Cheryll.schulz@parks.ca.gov, (760) 767-4354

    Permit Fee: Dependent on production; special event application $100
    Other Fees determined on case-by-case basis.

    LAKE PERRIS STATE RECREATION AREA

    17801 Lake Perris Drive
    Perris, CA 92571
    Phone: 951.940.5600

    Contacts

    Kathy Bacha, Special Event Coordinator, kathy.bacha@parks.ca.gov, 951.940.5610

    Fees: Special event permit administrative fee $25
    Other fees determined on case-by-case basis.

    BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM)

    The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The agency maintains jurisdiction over United States public lands, including National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas and Conservation Lands of the California Desert.

  • Tribal Lands

    AGUA CALIENTE BAND OF CAHUILLA INDIANS

    For information on filming in the Indian Canyons and other tribal-owned properties, contact:

    Kate Anderson, Director of Public Relations, kanderson@aguacaliente-nsn.gov, 760.699.6925

  • U.S Forest Service

    The Forest Service, established in 1905 within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages about 192 million acres of public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is jointly managed by the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, and incorporates about 280,000 acres, including public lands within the BLM’s California Desert conservation Area and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest.

    SAN JACINTO RANGER DISTRICT OFFICE

    Idyllwild,
    (909) 382-2921

    Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
    Palm Desert
    (760) 862-9984

    Click here for details on filming on Forest Service public lands for details on filming on Forest Service public lands.

    BLM PALM SPRINGS SOUTH COAST FIELD OFFICE

    1201 Bird Center Drive
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Office: 760.833.7100

    Contact:
    Brandon Anderson, Realty Specialist, banderson@blm.gov, 760.833.7117

    Popular filming sites include Painted Canyon and Box Canyon Road, wind parks and the Palen Sand Dunes near Desert Center, CA. The BLM South Coast field Office. Click here for information on commercial filming guidelines, permits and fees. for information on commercial filming guidelines, permits and fees.

  • Beyond Greater Palm Springs

    DESERT PRESERVES / THE WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY

    Headquartered in the mountain community of Oak Glen, The Wildlands Conservancy owns and manages the largest nonprofit nature preserve system in the state, comprising 21 preserves encompassing 163,000 acres of diverse mountain, valley, desert, river, and oceanfront landscapes. Preserves near Greater Palm Springs include Whitewater, Mission Creek, and Pioneertown Mountains, all of which are open to the public free of charge for passive recreation and outdoor education. Outdoor enthusiasts can access the Sand to Snow National Monument via the Whitewater Preserve. There are restrictions for filming and photography in the preserves.

    Contact: Sara Seburn, Marketing and Communications Director, sara.s@twc-ca.org, 909.797.8507, wildlandsconservancy.org
     

    IMPERIAL COUNTY FILM COMMISSION

    1095 S 4th Street
    El Centro, CA 92243
    Main: 760.337.4155
    www.filmimperialcounty.com

    The Imperial County Film Commission is responsible for permitting film, television, web and print production projects on properties throughout the County of Imperial. The Film Commission provides coordination and guidance for production on all public and private properties within the County of Imperial.

    Click here for more information and to download permits. for more information and to download permits.

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