PRODUCTION ALERT – L.A. County Beaches

PRODUCTION ALERT – L.A. County Beaches

New L.A. County Ordinance Adjusts Filming Rules at County Beaches

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a new set of regulations affecting filming on County controlled beaches. The new regulations, which take effect on March 1, 2012, break with existing policy in the following ways:

Sand Digging. Duly permitted film productions may be exempted from a regulation prohibiting the digging of holes more than 18” deep in beach sand or digging into vertical sand embankments. The L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors (B&H) will make this determination in consultation with the County Fire Chief. (Section 17.12.205)

Fireworks. Duly permitted film productions may be exempted from a regulation prohibiting the transport, possession and discharge of fireworks and like devices on beach property. B&H will make this determination in consultation with the County Fire Chief. (Section 17.12.400)

Boating. Film and television production companies are allowed to launch and land personal watercraft in any designated area approved by B&H and the County Fire Chief, provided the activity is conducted according to the stipulations of these authorities. (Section 17.12.470)

Beaches and Harbors also issued a clarification:

Driving on Beaches. According to B&H, Section 17.12.230 of the Los Angeles County Code allows for driving activity on beaches, subject to departmental approval and the stipulation that use of vehicle(s) not interfere with the operation of the beach.

Filmmakers should take care to declare their specific beach activities on their permit applications, so that language specific to each activity can be included on the permit. Engaging in beach activities outside those specified on the permit could result in permit revocation. Those with an interest in viewing the new beach ordinance can do so at the following link: http://file.lacounty.gov/bos/supdocs/65848.pdf. For specific questions about filming at area beaches, please contact FilmL.A.’s Production Planning Department at 213.977.8600.

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