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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Film Permitting Program

​Metropolitan has properties throughout southern California with unique, diverse, and visually impactful looks.   The properties are located in premium locations and provide looks that range from vintage to futuristic and high tech.  This provides significant opportunities for the secondary use of Metropolitan's properties as high-value production locations for the filming industry. View our filming locations brochure.


​Filming requests are reviewed on a case by case basis and require written MWD approval.  Below are some of the guidelines:

  • Scouting requests require two business days' notice.

  • Filming request requires three weeks' notice.

  • Metropolitan's safety regulations must be obeyed at all times.

  • Film Company shall provide a full time monitor.

  • All special effects must be fully disclosed and include a MSDS.

  • A full list of all visitors shall be provided prior to filming.

Filming Application

​Please click here to download Filming Application.


​Film rates are based on the scope of each request considering these factors:

•             Size of film operation

•             Area used for filming

•             Duration of filming

•             Production Value

•             Type of activity

•             Cost to MWD/Impact to MWD's Operation

•             Market

The following rates are for estimation only and will be developed based on the requestor's written proposal. The rates are subject to change congruent to the filming scope.

Daily Film Rate:                                $3,000 to $12,000

Daily Film Prep/Strike                     $1,500 to $6,000

Location Photos

Metropolitan has properties throughout southern California with unique, diverse, and visually impactful looks.   See our locations.

Key Contacts

Doing Business Contacts:

Business Outreach Program
John Arena, Manager
(213) 217-5519

Water Innovation & Tech.
Wigs Mendoza, Manager
(213) 217-7631

Professional Services
Olivia Freeman, Manager
(213) 217-7218

Construction Services
Spec Desk
(213) 217-6515

Purchasing Services

John Poli, Manager
(213) 217-7574

Secondary Land Use
Real Estate Services
(213) 217-7750


Land Use/Filming

Real Estate Services
(213) 217-7750

Filming at MWD