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Catalina Filming Information

Filming Information

Thank you for considering Avalon and Catalina Island as a location for your film or photo shoot project.

Our unique island location makes for a very special location and presents some unique challenges. To assist you in meeting these unique challenges, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce has produced a Film and Photo Shoot Handbook to help you identify and locate those businesses and entities with whom you will have to interface in order to have a successful shoot. The Chamber is also available to assist you in processing your permits, answering your questions, and assisting you in finding the products and services you might require from local businesses.

Download the Catalina Island Film & Photo Shoot Handbook
(The City of Avalon Film Permit application and the required City of Avalon Business License application are included in this.)

For further information or assistance, please contact Donna Harris, Marketing Director and Film Liaison at 310-510-7649 or dharris@CatalinaChamber.com.

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Initial Contacts

Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce:

For commercial or news/documentary filming & still photo shoots, contact:
Donna Harris, Marketing Director & Film Liaison

Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 217, Avalon, CA 90704
310-510-7649  fax 310-510-7607
Email:  dharris@catalinachamber.com

City of Avalon Permit and Fees

The Chamber facilitates the permits for the City.  The City of Avalon requires a business license, a film permit location fee for use of its streets, beaches and piers, and requires permits for all vehicles brought into the City of Avalon. The City also requires $1,000,000 additionally-named liability insurance coverage, unless aircraft are used, in which case the requirement is $5,000,000 additionally-named insurance.


City of Avalon Filming Permit Fees
(as of July 1, 2015)

$217/day – 10 or fewer employees at film location
$290/day – 11+ employees at film location

City of Avalon Business License

$131.75 good for calendar year
Still Photography Permits $100 per day

Vehicle fees
(one time fees)

$28 per day OR $291 per month

Catalina Island is 76 square miles in size. The City of Avalon is 2.7 square miles total. The remainder of the island is owned and operated by the Santa Catalina Island Company and/or the Catalina Island Conservancy. Location fees for use of either organization's property must be negotiated with that company.

Santa Catalina Island Company Filming Information:

Santa Catalina Island Company (including Catalina Island Resort Services & Two Harbors Enterprises)
Michele Bestudik
P.O. Box 737, Avalon, CA 90704
310-510-2000  extension 1223

Catalina Island Conservancy Filming Information:

Commercial Shoots, News/Documentary Shoots
Peg Meehan, Unreel Locations  
2950 Los Felix Blvd.  Suite 206
Los Angeles, CA   90039   323-953-6189  



Catalina tile, now a collectors item, was originally produced from mud on the island from 1927 - 1937.