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Filming on Campus

A filming permit is required for filming on California State University Long Beach campus. The filming permit is coordinated by Event Services Office and enforced by the University Police Department. Filming permits are issued for commercial filming or photography and are requested 6 weeks prior to the start of the filming. The University has a selective process of reviewing filming permits, as the filming criteria must fit within the needs of our academic priorities. Proposed filming under any circumstance may not displace CSULB employees or students.

A scouting pass is required to scout the campus, preferably Fridays. The location scout must obtain approval from the Event Services Office prior to visiting potential locations for clearance. Scout would receive a release note from the Events Services Office after the venue operator has been notified. Scouting agency is given permission to take photographs of the campus locations for the sole purpose of scouting the University for potential filming or photography projects. This is not a permit and does not allow the named parties to conduct the actual filming or photography project. It will allow him/her access to facilities to take these preliminary pictures. Scouting Agency must submit all photos to Event Services Office prior to showing to the producer.

Restricted Locations

  • Various Art Sculptures
  • Residence Halls
  • Brotman Hall
  • Mail Services
  • Dance Center
  • Undeveloped Areas (22 acres on Bellflower & Earl Warren Drive)
  • Restrooms

Auxiliary locations who can produce their own film permits are Japanese Gardens, University Student Union, Walter Pyramid and Athletic Fields. For Japanese Gardens, please call (562) 985-8889. For Walter Pyramid, Athletic Fields, Pool and PE areas, please call (562) 985-5531. The filming company must provide General Liability insurance with a combined single limit of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate, and a Business Automobile Liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $1,000,000 per occurrence.

Estimated Fees: The following list provides a general idea of how fees are assessed

Type of fees Amount
Motion Picture / Video $500 / 4 hours
Still photography ( 3 or more people) $500 / 4 hours
Still photography (1 to 2 people) $250 / 4 hours
Location Fees Minimum $25/per hour
Campus Events Office Coordination Fees $250 - $500
Expedited surcharge for requests made less than 6 weeks Minimum $500

Other fees that may be added are Parking Lot usage fees, parking arrangement fees, Facilities Management fees, Risk Management fees and University Police fees.

Please see the University Filming Requirements for additional requirements.

Event Services Contacts

Shonnick Anderson
Phone:Phone:Work (562) 985-4400
Fax:Fax (562) 985-5584