Filming on Catalina

Thank you for considering Avalon and Catalina Island as locations 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, Film Catalina 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. Film Catalina 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.

Catalina Island Landownership Map

Catalina Land Ownership Map

Download the Catalina Island Film & Photo Shoot Handbook (revised August 2023)
(The City of Avalon Film Permit application includging the required City of Avalon Business License application are included within.)

California Production Incentive – Tax Credits

For further information or assistance, please contact Jim Luttjohann, Film Liaison/CEO, at 310-510-7643 or

City of Avalon Permit and Fees

Love Catalina 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, 2023)
$150 Application Fee (non-refundable)
$264/day – 10 or fewer employees at film location

$353/day – Over 10 employees at film location
City of Avalon Business License $134.75 good for calendar year
Still Photography Permits $123 per day
Vehicle fees (one time fees) $35 per day OR $365 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 Catalina Island Company and/or the Catalina Island Conservancy. Location fees for use of either organization’s property must be negotiated with that company.

Catalina Island Conservancy Permit and Fees

Catalina Island Conservancy Filming Permit Fees
(as of July 1, 2023)
Catalina Island Conservancy Film Permit

$325 Application Fee (non-refundable)
$1,500 per day - 10 or fewer employees at film location
$2,500 per day - 11-20 employess at film location
$5,000 per day - 21 and over employees at film location

Security Deposit $2,500
Ranger $100 per hour, 4 hour mnimum
Car and Driver $225 per day, up to 8 hours

Processing Fee


Initial Contacts

For commercial or news/documentary filming & still photo shoots, contact:

Jim Luttjohann, CEO, Film Liaison
Love Catalina Island Tourism Authority
P.O. Box 217, Avalon, CA 90704
310-510-7643  fax 310-510-7607

Catalina Island Conservancy Filming Information

Commercial Shoots, News/Documentary Shoots

Jim Luttjohann, CEO, Love Catalina Island Tourism Authority
P.O. Box 217, Avalon, CA 90704
310-510-7643  fax 310-510-7607

Catalina Island Company Filming Information

Rudy Alvarez, Director of Sales
Catalina Island Company
P.O. Box 737, 150 Metropole Ave, Avalon, CA 90704
4 Park Plaza Suite 420, Irvine, CA 92614




Catalina Island has a long and interesting history dating back to the Spanish Empire. Catalina Island was once owed by William Wrigley, Jr. of Wrigley Chewing…

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Catalina Flyer

Catalina Flyer from Newport

$10 Off Catalina Island Ferry

Hop onboard the Catalina Flyer for daily ferry service from Newport Beach to Avalon, Catalina Island in just over 1 hour.