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Regulatory Permits


Handbill permits may be obtained through the Finance Department,   pdf or through this link (12 KB) .  Permits are valid for the calendar year.  Distribution is allowed between the hours of 8a.m. and 6p.m.  The City maintains a list of addresses which have requested to be placed on the “do not distribute” list.  This list is given to every distributor upon approval.  Handbills need to be placed in a manner that will not create litter and there is no placement allowed on vehicles.  The information below is an excerpt from the La Verne Municipal Code.  Complete information may be obtained by calling the Finance Department at (909) 596-8716 or by looking at the La Verne Municipal Code Chapter 5.36.111

5.36.020 Permit—Required.
No person shall circulate or distribute or cause to be circulated or distributed, any commercial handbill within the city except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter, including, but not limited to, obtaining a permit therefore in the manner prescribed in this chapter. (Prior code § 6601)

5.36.030 Permit—Application-Fee.
The city clerk shall not accept any application for a permit from any person unless the following requirements are met:

A.    Evidence of the payment of a filing and processing fee of twenty-five dollars;
B.    That the application offered for filing is on a form furnished by the city clerk and is completed;
C.    That a valid business license in the name of such applicant is in effect, or the fee and application therefore have been filed contemporaneously with the filing of the permit application. (Prior code § 6602)


Solicitors that wish to go door-to-door in the City are required to obtain a permit.  Please contact the Finance department (909) 596-8716 or see the Municipal Code, Chapter 5.48 for more information.

Garage Sale

There are two garage permits allowed per year.  Each permit is valid for ten consecutive days with the first date beginning at a date of your choice and expiring ten days later.  Each permit is $10.00 and can be purchased at City Hall Monday-Thursday between 8am-6pm.  During our closed hours a permit may be obtained at the Police Department. The application may be picked up at City Hall or can be obtained by clicking this link.   pdf Garage Sale Permit (35 KB) .

Any resident of the city may conduct a garage, residence or occasional sale upon the premises on which his residence is located; provided, however, that a regulatory permit shall include the following information:

A.    The name and address of the person or persons wishing to hold the sale;
B.    The location where the sale will be conducted, including a general designation of the area of the premises where the actual sale is to be carried out;
C.    A general inventory of the goods to be offered for sale;
D.    The dates and time period when the sale shall be conducted;
E.    An affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, that the person or persons conducting the sale are the owners of the property offered for sale, that all of the goods are secondhand, and that no more than one previous such garage sale has been held within the calendar year.

No more than two garage, residence or occasional sales may be conducted by the same person or persons upon the same property within the same calendar year. A garage, residence or occasional sale permit shall be limited to a period of ten consecutive days per sale. All personalty, goods and furnishings must be the property of those conducting the same, and must be used goods. No garage sale or display of items or merchandise for sale shall be conducted on the portion of the premises within the required setback defined in this code.


Before filming in the City of La Verne please contact the Administration Department to discuss the details of your project at (909) 596-8726. A filming packet may be obtained by clicking this link,   pdf Filming Packet (254 KB) , or by contacting City Hall.    
Below is some information regarding filming in La Verne.  For a complete list please look in the City of La Verne Municipal Code in Title 5, Chapter 5.57.

No person shall engage in the business or activity of filming, video taping or producing motion pictures on motion picture film or electronic video tape for public exhibition as motion pictures or for television without first applying for and receiving a permit therefore from the city council as provided in this chapter.

5.57.040 Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:

A.   The filming or video taping solely for private or family use;
B.   The filming or video taping for use in a criminal investigation, civil proceeding, and emergencies such as fires, floods, police actions and the like;
C.   The filming or video taping for news purposes;
D.   The filming or video taping of community access programs for cable television systems franchised within the city;
E.   The filming or video taping for the purposes of a school project;
F.   Any other activity deemed in the public interest by the city manager or his designee.

5.57.050 Permit-Application.

Any person desiring to obtain a permit to engage in the business or activity of filming or video taping shall file a written, signed application with the city clerk on or before five p.m. on the Monday preceding the next regular city council meeting. Before a permit is considered by the city council, the city manager or his designee shall review the application and determine that such filming or video taping will not unreasonably interfere with the public health and safety or unreasonably endanger any property. Written authorization, as specified in this chapter, from each owner of property on which filming will occur shall be attached to the permit application. (Ord. 885 § 1 (part), 1996)

5.57.060 Permit-Fee.

The permit fee shall be established by resolution of the city council. The city manager, or his designee, shall prepare on an annual basis, to be revised as needed, a city services fee schedule, including fees for the use of city-owned buildings and facilities, which shall set forth daily charges of all city services utilized in connection with such filming or video taping. The permit fee and minimum service fees shall be collected before the approved permit is issued. The permittee will be billed by the city for any services used over the minimum. Payment of said fees is due within ten days of billing.

5.57.070 Permit-Conditions.

Upon review of the permit application/proposed filming agreement, the city council shall determine if special circumstances exist and may impose conditions to the issuance of the permit. Special conditions include:

A.    Noise. Filming activities which produce unusual noise such as gunfire, pyrotechnics, explosions, sirens, public address systems, bull horns, construction or other loud noises, may be regulated to mitigate the effects of the activity. An additional permit shall be required for the use of explosives or pyrotechnics (see Section 5.57.080). An acoustical consultant may be employed at the applicant’s expense to develop a mitigation plan to minimize any noise impacts upon the city.
B.    Aircraft. Aerial filming and/or helicopter landings are not permitted without explicit written permission from the city council, in addition to any permits required from the Federal Aviation Administration. This written authorization shall be filed with the application.
C.    Streets and Sidewalks. Filming that requires street closures, sidewalk closures, or take place in any public right-of-way, including stringing cables across public sidewalks, will require authorization from the public works director and a public works permit. The request for such authorization shall be submitted at least five days in advance of such activities taking place.
D.    Public Safety Personnel and Services. Police and/or fire personnel requirements shall be determined by those departments. The expense for the required personnel will be collected from the permittee according to the city services fee schedule. Public safety employees shall enforce all city regulations and are employees of the city, not the permittee. Arrangements for police services for traffic control shall be made no later than five days in advance.
At the discretion of the fire chief, fire department personnel may be assigned to act as a fire safety officer. Prior to filming and during filming the fire safety officer shall be responsible for preventing and abating fire and other safety hazards on the set. Prior to filming and during any filming, the fire safety officer shall also coordinate any filming activities which include the use of pyrotechnics and/or explosives requiring a separate fire department permit.
E.    Assigned Personnel. The permittee shall designate as a single source, one contact person to be at the premises wherever and whenever filming is taking place. The contact person shall be readily available by pager or cellular phone. At the city council’s discretion, an on-site city liaison may be assigned to be present during filming. The hourly cost of said liaison will be paid for by the permittee. (Ord. 885 § 1 (part), 1996)

5.57.080 Permit—Pyrotechnics and explosives.

Filming activities which include the use of pyrotechnics and/or explosives require a separate permit issued by the fire department. The permit application for the use of pyrotechnics and/or explosives shall be filed with the fire marshal no less than five days prior to the date said activities are scheduled to commence. (Ord. 885 § 1 (part), 1996)

5.57.090 Permit—Parking plan required.

A parking plan for all vehicles associated with the production, including equipment vans, trailers, personal transportation for staff members, and catering trucks must be submitted with the permit application. At a minimum the parking plan shall provide for mitigation measures for all vehicles associated with the production. The plan should detail location, size of spaces, ingresses and egresses, lighting, and any and all temporary improvements necessary to implement the plan. The city council shall determine whether or not the parking plan is sufficient to mitigate parking impacts upon the city and fully accommodate all vehicles relative to the production. (Ord. 885 § 1 (part), 1996)

5.57.100 Notification.

It shall be the responsibility of the permittee to provide notification a minimum of forty-eight hours in advance to the following affected persons. A diagram, map or list of residences and/or businesses notified shall be submitted and approved by the city manager or his designee.

A.    If filming in a residential area, either indoors or outdoors, notification shall be given to all residents and businesses located within three hundred feet of the filming location.
B.    If filming in a commercial area or in the downtown area referred to as Lordsburg, written notification including a parking plan shall be provided to all businesses and residents within three hundred feet.
C.    If filming involves pyrotechnics, explosives, or large assembly, written notification requirements may be expanded to include all residents and businesses within one thousand feet of the filming location.
D.    Notification shall also be advertised in the local newspapers. (Ord. 885 § 1 (part), 1996 

5.57.110 Hours of operation.

A.    A complete filming schedule listing a complete detail of the hours of filming activities shall be submitted with the application.
B.    No filming or video taping, set-up, staging, dismantling or other operations shall take place prior to seven a.m. or after seven p.m. without the express written authorization of the city council, upon recommendation of the city manager. Such authorization shall be filed with the application.
C.    In the event that the permittee does not strictly adhere to the authorized hours of operation, the city manager or his designee may impose a financial penalty to be collected from the permittee’s deposit, suspend or revoke the permit. The permittee may appeal such a decision utilizing the process set forth in Section 5.57.190. (Ord. 885 § 1 (part), 1996)



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