Calabasas adds film prod’n regs

It apparently is going to be a costly affair to film in Calabasas.

City officials in that recently established city territory have voted to institute a $ 400-a-day filming permit fee–the same amount charged by the city of Malibu.

The Calabasas City Council also has decided film companies must get approving signatures from 100% of residents who live within 500 feet of any proposed location shoot before a permit is issued.

The city also has imposed a restriction limiting filming to between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The restrictions have been approved but aren’t yet in effect.

“Ironically, there are two film executives who have helped the city come up with these recommendations,” said Stephanie Liner, deputy director of the Film Office for the Economic Development Corp. The EDC is contracted to handle film permit business for L.A. County.

The EDC is working with the Calabasas City Council to see if there is any chance the city may become more filming-friendly.

EDC officials said that while the $ 400-a-day fee is not unusual– Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Santa Clarita and Malibu have similar fees–it would be virtually impossible for a production company to get 100% approval from surrounding neighbors.

“In order to get each signature, you end up having to pay the residents, which can be very costly,” another EDC official said.

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