VNY Film Policy
accordance with the City Of Los Angeles’ “Film Friendly” policy, Van Nuys
Airport provides unparalleled access for filming and related production
activities. Due to the unique nature of the airport environment LAWA has
established specific policies and procedures to accommodate filming activities
while ensuring the safety of aircraft operations. In order for the
film-permitting process to proceed as smoothly as possible these policies and
procedures must be adhered to.
Film Policy applies to any person or entity that is a master tenant, approved
subtenant, or production company requesting to conduct filming or photography
on leasehold at VNY or the Van Nuys Flyaway Bus Terminal facility.
VNY Film Desk
The VNY Film
Desk staffed by the Airport Operations Division provides assistance to tenants
and production companies with completion of the Film Permit application
Film Permits Application Procedure
be obtained by airport tenants for all film/photography/video production work
being conducted on Airport property.
shall contact the VNY Film Desk Administrator at 818-442-6544 to discuss the
feasibility of proposed filming activities at VNY.
shall submit the Film Permit application along with a Letter of Intent and
appropriate insurance documentation to Film LA. Details can be found by
visiting the Film LA webpage at http://www.filmla.com/contact.php.
- The Production Company shall submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) on Production Company letterhead to the Film LA Coordinator stating the:
- Number of cast and crew/personnel, clients/invitees.
- Production dates (specify prep, strike and filming).
- Arrival and departure hours.
- Number and type of production vehicles.
- Items of equipment to be used, e.g. cranes, scissor lifts, etc.
- Lighting requests.
- Identification and use of large, disruptive, and/or hazardous props, e.g. weapons, picture
- Aircraft (specify make, model, FAA registration number, and use).
- Special effects requests, e.g. rain/smoke, explosives, etc.
- Identification and use of animals.
- Alteration requests, e.g. painting/sign removal, etc.
- Stunt requests.
Production Company shall provide evidence of insurance, which is satisfactory
to the LAWA Risk Management Division prior to entering upon Airport property
for film/photography/video/production/pre-production purposes. Insurance
requirements are determined by the LAWA Risk Management Division and include
where specified: Comprehensive General Liability, Excess/Umbrella Liability,
Comprehensive Automobile Liability, Workers Compensation and Aviation/Aircraft
Production Company shall be charged for the use of airport personnel, airport
vehicles, production vehicle parking on unleased Airport property, and/or for
any Airport facility or location usage. An additional fifteen percent (15%)
administration fee will be added to any charge for any of the aforementioned.
estimate of charges shall be provided by the Film LA Coordinator to the
Production Company prior to the production start date.
determination as to the necessity of the use of personnel of LAWA shall rest
with the VNY Film Desk Administrator whose decision shall be final and
or changes in production starting times which are made within twenty four (24)
hours of the scheduled production date will cause the Production Company to be
charged for Airport personnel assigned for the day of production in question.
Rules for Filming/Photography/Video activity
activities shall not disrupt ongoing airport operations.
Production Company is responsible for all Production Persons in attendance at
the Airport filming location. The term Production Persons shall be defined as
including, but not limited to the following: executive producer, producer,
director, assistant director, cast, crew, agents, contractors, subcontractors,
clients and invitees of the Production.
Persons must strictly confine themselves to the designated area which has been
permitted/approved for production related activities.
production person shall provide photo identification and submit to personal
search if asked to do so by Airport Police acting within applicable federal,
state, and/or municipal statutes, codes, ordinances, and/or guidelines.
production vehicles, including picture vehicles and private vehicles shall be
subject to search.
Production Company shall provide and display disclaimer placards when directed
to do so by the Film Desk Administrator.
aircraft involved production activity must remain in a static configuration
with engines shut down and all propellers and rotor blades in a secured
activity involving special effects, stunts, props, property use and facility
involving cast or other Production Persons, shall be kept away from public view
at the discretion of the Film Desk Administrator.
weapons/ammunition of any kind, either functional or non-functional, may be
brought to Airport property without the permission of the Film Desk
Administrator. Handling, usage and storage shall be determined by the Film Desk
special effects, stunts, lighting, props (including vehicles, aircraft and
animals) and property use, shall be assessed on an individual basis. Permission
for usage/employment shall be granted at the discretion of the Film Desk
Administrator, or his/her designee. The time, place and manner of
usage/handling shall be reasonably determined by the Film Desk Administrator.
animals, other than professionally trained animals, which shall be under the
supervision, handling, and care of a professional trainer/handler at all times,
shall be brought onto Airport property without prior approval of the Film Desk
Fire Safety rules and regulations shall be adhered to by the Production
is prohibited in all restricted areas. Restricted areas include the AOA and
buildings owned by LAWA.
cable shall be flown, unless otherwise specified.
production vehicles and equipment must remain within the leasehold boundary of
the filming location at all times.
alteration, relocation or removal of Airport property, i.e., painting,
carpeting, set dressing, shall be done only with the permission of and under
the supervision and direction of the Film Desk Administrator.
production locations shall be left in, or restored to the original condition by
the Production Company via the means and manner determined by the Film Desk
Administrator, unless otherwise specified.
Production Company shall provide sufficient trash receptacles for filming
location and remove any trash from Airport property. The Film Desk
Administrator or his/her designee shall inspect and approve the clean-up effort
of Airport equipment, electricity, water, and property (other than structures)
is prohibited without prior permission from the Film Desk Administrator.
Company directional signs placed along route to and from production location(s)
must be removed upon completion of production.
Production Persons are required to be familiar with and conform to the rules
contained herein. Additionally, Production Persons shall comply with the
Airport security requirements in effect at the time of production.