Events/Commercial Permits Overview Page
The Forest Service authorizes (permits) the private use of National Forest land for a variety of reasons, including recreation cabins, ski areas, resorts, outfitter guide such as pack stations, communication sites, etc. For information regarding the administration of existing special use permits or obtaining a new special use permit, please call the special uses person at one of our office locations.
[Photo: Mt. Wilson]
Some group activities and some recreation events may require a Special Use Permit. A Special Use Permit grants rights or privileges of occupancy and use to the holder. Examples include reserving a public site for a wedding party, or holding a bicycle race on public lands. These permits contain specific terms and conditions that the holder must follow.
Before Special Use Permits are issued, the Forest Service must determine that the proposed use complies with all management plans and laws, that there is a demonstrated need for the activity, and that the use is appropriate on national forest system lands. Special Use Permits are a temporary authority.
For general information visit our National Special Uses website.
For specific information on how to obtain a permit on the Angeles National Forest, contact your nearest Forest Service Office.
Film Permit Application and information listed below:
Please follow this link to download a copy of the insurance sample.
Film Permit Application
Film LA Online Application
Angeles National Forest
San Gabriel Mtns. National Monument
Contact Daniel Alvarez with any questions at:
Film L.A., Inc 1201 W. 5th St,
Suite T-800 Los Angeles, CA 90017
P hone: 213-977-8600 Fax: 213-977-8604
Fill out permit application and fax or email the application (must be typed), insurance and map of the filming location to Attn: Daniel Alvarez. (Map may be hand drawn)
The Forest Service requires a minimum of 72 BUSINESS HOURS to process a permit application andwill NOT begin the process until all 3 of the above documents (application, insurance and map) are submitted.
A dual permit with Film L.A. may be required when filming on roads in the Angeles National Forest.
One (1) Million General Liability is required, submitted on ACORD 25 2013/14 form.
The certificate of insurance must add the following as additionally insured in the certificate holder box and on the endorsement page of the certificate. The certificate and the endorsement page must be submitted to FilmL.A. with the filming application.
USDA FOREST SERVICE
701 N. SANTA ANITA AVENUE
ARCADIA, CA 91006
The following clause must also appear on the face of the certificate and on the endorsement page of the certificate: “IT IS UNDERSTOOD AND AGREED THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST, U.S. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE, IS ADDITIONALLY INSURED SOLEY AS RESPECTS LIABILITY ARISING FROM OPERATIONS OF THE NAMED INSURED.”
Student filmmakers are required to pay a minimum cost-recovery fee. Use fees will be waived if students produce a letter on letterhead from the school stating that the film is a class requirement and has no commercial value. Land Use Fees are waived for 1st year only.
PAYMENT OF FEES
Payment must be made prior to first day of prep or filming and is by appointment only. An appointment date/time will be given to you once your application had been approved.
Payment must be made in the Forest Service office at: 12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road, San Fernando, CA 91342
Payment must be made by check only. NO CASH. Make checks payable to: USDA Forest Service
A non-refundable cost recovery fee will apply, in addition to per day use fees as listed on the 2nd page of the application Unique site fees and other additional fees may also apply.
Film L.A. will pick up and pay for your Forest permit for a fee of $150.00.
Still Photography: 1-10 Persons $83.59/day, 11-30 persons $250.74/day, 30+ persons $417.89/day STILL PHOTOGRAPHY PROCESSING FEE: $121.00
Filming: 1-10 persons $250.74/day, 11-30 persons $334.30 31-60 persons $835.78/day, 60+ persons $1006.14/day
The processing fee will normally be $423 for motion picture however it could go lower ($121) or higher ($797 or $1,142) based off number of hours put into the application.