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In most major cities, you're required to obtain a permit to be able to shoot on both public and private property.  This module will walk you through the permitting process, when one is required, how to get one, the costs involved and common traps associated with free permits.


  • 22:58 video that takes you through the permitting process
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Sample Los Angeles permit application
  • Los Angeles Film Insurance Requirements
  • No Parking Survey
  • Street/Lane Closure forms


  • What are permits
  • When is a permit required
  • Shooting guerilla without a permit
  • The difference between shooting on public and private property
  • Free permits and their hidden costs
  • How to use a permit on location
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