Filming Permit


City of Lake Elsinore is film friendly & provides filming permits at no charge! Lake Elsinore is an ideal backdrop for television, commercial, and film production due to its "Dream Extreme" lifestyle and climate for motion picture and television filming.

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Interested in filming in Lake Elsinore?

No person shall use any public or private property, facility or residence for the purpose of taking commercial motion pictures, television, or still photography without first applying for and receiving a permit from the Special Events Coordinator.

Applying for a Film Permit

Applications for a film permit must be filed with Melissa Houtz, Special Events Coordinator a minimum of seven (7) working days in advance of the date filming activity to begin. If such activity interferes with traffic or involves stunts, special effects, or is deemed extraordinary, an application must be submitted at least ten (10) working days in advance and sixteen (16) working days in advance for road closures.

Melissa Houtz
Special Events Coordinator
(951) 674-3124 EXT. 292.

DOWNLOAD: Permit Application

Are there fees?

There is no charge for the Permit Application. Cost Recovery Fees will be charged to cover expenses to the City for personnel, equipment, venue fees and vehicle expenses incurred by the City to assist a film activity. The fees will reflect actual costs to the City.