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Ordinance for Photographing Within a City Introduced
The Orange County Register (California)

Rancho Santa Margarita's City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to take up a proposal that will regulate film production in the city.

At times over past years, motion pictures, television and still photography production companies have inquired about operating in the city.

Under the proposed ordinance, film permits would be processed by the Community Development and Public Works departments. Liability insurance, and traffic and parking plans would be spelled out.

Fees imposed would cover the cost of processing and administering permits.

The city has not been involved with major productions but has seen small projects, such as public service announcements. The city wants to see more.

Although the city has escaped problems related to film activity, the ordinance aims at preventing any disruptions that the work might cause on public or private property.

The procedures, according to a report by City Attorney John E. Cavanaugh, would help the city to ensure the safe and orderly flow of pedestrians and traffic, protect nearby areas from noise or lights, and ensure that properties will be restored to a clean and undamaged condition.

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