Located within the 30 mile zone, the City of Lomita welcomes businesses and individuals wishing to engage in commercial filming or still photography.  Film permits are required for all filming activity on public or private property within City boundaries.  Students enrolled in an appropriate public or private school may receive a reduction in fees, or be exempt from some fees, but are still required to obtain permits when engaging in filming activity to fulfill a course requirement. The guidelines and regulations contained herein apply to all filming activity. Conditions may be attached to individual permit based on impact.

The City of Lomita is home to many convenient service and retail enterprises that offer goods and services needed by film companies. We encourage film companies and their crews to patronize local businesses where possible.


  1. Film permits are issued by theCommunity and Economic Development Department in City Hall 24300 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita, CA 90717. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, and 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM every other Friday.
  2. All applicants are required to complete a "Film Permit Application" including all attachments as described on the application, in order to be considered for review.
  3. A completed application includes: Application Form, Insurance Certificate, Parking Plan, Site Diagram, and a Non-Refundable Application Fee.
  4. Once a complete application, attachments and application fee are received in the Community and Economic Development Department, all documents will be reviewed and the film company will be notified if the application is approved.
  5. The City will provide the applicant with a list of requirements that must be met in order for a film permit to be issued. This may include having Sheriff or Fire personnel present, surveying affected residents and/or businesses for approval, posting of parking signs, etc. If a survey is required, the City will determine the survey area.
  6. The Community and Economic Development Department shall have the final authority to approve or deny each film request. Upon approval of the permit, staff shall expedite all arrangements between the film company and the various City departments.


Online Film Permit through ViewPoint


Currently, the film permit application fee is $162.18, and the business license fee is $95.00 per day.. Business license fees are collected on filming days as well as set-up and tear down days. Additional fees may also be imposed by the City for the posting of signs, and for clean-up of the filming site, if necessary. To ensure that there is adequate time for both parties to meet the requested requirements, the Community and Economic Development Department encourages that applications are submitted at least two weeks prior to the date of production.

Film Permit Application 
Filming Survey 

The City of Lomita is dedicated to creating an environment that allows the film industry to thrive and be successful. We welcome the opportunity to work with you soon and look forward to showing you firsthand why we will soon be your favorite place to film!

California Film and Television Tax Credit Program