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- Commercial Filming & Photography Permit
Commercial Filming & Photography Permit
If you are planning to do commercial filming or photography in the City of Imperial Beach, you will need to submit an application for both public and private property. If you are planning to use a drone, please provide proof of your Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) license and obtain permission through Naval Base Coronado to enter their airspace.
All organizations or businesses must obtain a City of Imperial Beach business license to conduct business in Imperial Beach. Pro tip, do this early!
Ready to get a business license? Our Finance Department is ready and waiting to help make the process easy and breezy.
Before final approval you will need to provide a certificate evidencing General Liability insurance in the name of the permit applicant/organization and a separate Additional Insured Endorsement, Additional Insured Form CG2026 (Example), designating “City of Imperial Beach”. If your project will take place on the West side of Seacoast Drive (tidelands area) the San Diego Unified Port District will need a separate certificate and endorsement.
The Applicant must be listed as the insured. If the party listed as insured on the certificate of liability insurance is different than the applicant, we will request an application from the party listed as the insured delaying the application process.
The applicant may also be asked to provide other insurance as deemed necessary to address the risk associated with the event, for example, Liquor Legal, Fireworks, Automobile, Aviation, etc. If the applicant is unable to meet the above requirements, special event liability insurance may be purchased through the City's Administrative Services Department, depending on the type and scope of the event.
Minimum policy limits are generally $2 million aggregate and $1 million per occurrence. Each policy and endorsement must include the City of Imperial Beach, its officials, directors, employees, representatives, and volunteers as additionally named insured. If your event will be held on the tidelands, the San Diego Unified Port District must also be listed as additionally insured. Insurance coverage must be primary and maintained for the duration of the event including set-up and dismantle dates and times. The applicant and all contracted service providers that have paid employees must also submit proof of Worker's Compensation Insurance with a minimum policy limit of $1 million.
Summary of Requirements
Certificate of Insurances
All Certificates of Insurance must name as the Additional Insured: The City of Imperial Beach, its officials, directors, employees, representatives, and volunteers. (Must also include San Diego Unified District if held on the beach, Pier Plaza, and/or Dunes Park.)
Additional Insured Endorsements
Additional Insured Form CG2026 (PDF)
All separate additional Insured Endorsements must name, The City of Imperial Beach, its officials, directors, employees, representatives, and volunteers.
It is important to remember all businesses providing a service for your event need to have a valid Imperial Beach business license and insurance on file with us. If you will be using service providers that are not part of your organization or business to provide rental equipment, staging, etc., we will require the Service Providers Form.
Service Provider Form
Commercial Filming & Photography Fees
|Fee Item||Fee (subject to change)|
|Application Processing Fee (>7 days)||$250|
|Application Processing Fee (<7 days and >3 days)||$500|
|Application Processing Fee (<3 days)||$750|
|Sound Amplification||$36 per day|
|Commercial Activity||$25 per hour|
|Road Closure||$150 per day|
|Reserved Parking||$25 per day|
|Tidelands Staff Support||$107 per hour|
|Other Staffing Fees Deemed Necessary||Varies|
How to Apply?
- Gather all needed documents
- Detailed Layout Map(s)
- Insurance Documents
- Event Timeline. The timeline needs to include all activities including setup, deliveries, tear down, and time you will be off-site. Timeline Template.
- Service Provider Form
- Create an account on our online payment portal to pay applicable fees.
- Submit a Commercial Filming Application. After you submit your application staff will contact you within 72 hours for any additional information. If you have not received a response from staff within 5 days, please feel free to reach out regarding your application.
- Once all fees are paid and all forms are submitted then a Commercial Filming & Photography Permit will be issued.