A valid Kern County Commercial Film Permit is required for ALL PROJECTS filming within the county boundaries -- including those taking place on federal, state, civic, special district or private properties. Additional permits or approvals may be required depending upon the specific location and activity. Please consult the Film Commission for additional requirements.
Kern County Film Permit Application
Complete and submit the on-line Kern County Film Permit application by clicking the link below. Please review all terms, conditions and requirements before submitting your application. Some productions may also require a fire safety officer and/or a permit from the Kern County Fire Department. These include projects with stunts, pyrotechnics, aircraft landings and takeoffs, or interiors with large numbers of people. Please review the “Fire Safety / Stunts or Pyrotechnics” section for details.
Submit a valid certificate of insurance via e-mail to KernInfo@KernCounty.com.
Kern County Roads
County-maintained roads are available for filming at the discretion of the Kern County Roads Department. In addition to a valid Kern County Film Permit, a Special Event application issued by the Roads Department is required. Requests for road closures may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
To determine if desired roads are Kern County, State of California or private property, please contact the Kern County Film Commission.
Stunts or Pyrotechnics
Stunts or pyrotechnics performed in unincorporated Kern County require a permit issued by the Kern County Fire Department. Click the link below for a full description of requirements. To file an application please download, complete and fax the application found here to the number listed, taking care to enter all project details and complete customer/applicant information (some fields may not apply).
Stunts or pyrotechnics taking place in Kern County's incorporated cities require permission from those respective cities. Please contact the Kern County Film Commission for specific information.
In addition to a valid Kern County Film Permit, Kern County’s 11 incorporated cities require specific civic permissions or permits. Permit applications may be found on-line for:
For other all other cities or jurisdictions, please contact the Kern County Film Commission for specific permitting information.
California State Film Permit Application
A permit is required whenever filming takes place on state property. The California Film Commission is a one stop shop for State permits and will assist you in obtaining the required approvals from the CHP, Caltrans, State Parks, Facilities and the State Fire Marshal, where necessary.