Kern County Event-Related Road Closures Permit Application
Contact Information
Roads Department Phone: (661) 862-8827
FAX: (661) 862-8987
Film Commission Phone: (661) 868-5376
Toll-Free: (800) 500-KERN
CHP   (You must coordinate with the CHP for intermittent traffic control and/or road closures)
Phone: (323) 860-2960 ext. 103
Toll-Free: (800) 858-4779 ext. 103
General Information
  • Kern County Roads Department does not issue permits for state or federal highways, or for Kern County’s 11 incorporated cities (Arvin, Bakersfield, California City, Delano, Maricopa, McFarland, Ridgecrest, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi, Wasco). Permits must be obtained directly from authorized agencies within those jurisdictions in addition to a valid Kern County Commercial Filming Permit from the Kern County Film Commission.
  • All filming on Kern County roads requires a Special Event Filming Permit from the Kern County Roads Department in addition to a valid Kern County Commercial Filming Permit from the Kern County Film Commission.
  • There is no charge for the permit.
  • All permit requests are processed in the order received. Processing will not commence until all materials (including insurance, diversion plans, etc.) are received. Changes may not be made to a permit once issued. For changes, please submit a new permit application.
  • Approved permits will be e-mailed to the contact person's e-mail address. If requested, a copy will also be FAXed to the FAX number provided.
  • For additional requirements related to filming in Kern County, or if you have any questions regarding locations, accommodations, property owners, etc., please contact the Kern County Film Commission.
Required Documents and Deadlines
Required documents (permit requests cannot be processed until all documents listed below are received):
  1. Permit Application
  2. An approved film permit from the Kern County Film Commission.  Note: If you applied for a film permit online, the Film Commission will send a copy of the approved permit to the Roads Department.
  3. Insurance Certificate sent directly from the insurance carrier
  4. For requests requiring total road closures, a Detour Plan.
  • For permit requests requiring total road closures, both the permit request AND a detour plan must be submitted at least seven (7) full working days prior to the event.
  • All other permit requests must be submitted three (3) full working days prior to filming.
  • For a summary of deadlines, see chart below.
Filming Date Deadline if no Road Closure Deadline if Road Closure
Saturday Wednesday Noon Previous Wednesday noon
Sunday Wednesday Noon Previous Wednesday noon
Monday Wednesday Noon Previous Thursday noon
Tuesday Thursday Noon Previous Friday noon
Wednesday Friday Noon Previous Monday noon
Thursday Monday Noon Previous Tuesday noon
Friday Tuesday Noon Previous Wednesday noon
A current certificate of insurance issued directly from the insurance carrier is required at the time of application. Minimum requirement: $1 million bodily injury and general liability coverage for all elements of the proposed activity.
Insurance certificates should be submitted via e-mail to (preferred) or by FAX to (661) 862-8987. No permits will be processed or issued without a valid certificate. Please DO NOT submit other insurance forms provided by the carrier. Kern County Roads Department accepts only a valid certificate as proof of insurance.
Note Additional Insured as: Kern County Roads Department, Its Officers, Agents and Employees
2700 M Street, Suite 400
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Attn: Permit Department
  1. Definition:  This permit is issued under Chapter 14 of Division 1, Part 2 of the County of Kern Ordinance commencing with Sec. 2500. The term "grantor" shall mean the Board of Supervisors of the County of Kern.
  2. Acceptance of Provisions:  Permittee agrees that the doing of any work under this permit shall constitute an acceptance by the Permittee of provisions hereof. A surety bond in a form and amount satisfactory to the Grantor may be required to ensure performance in accordance with all terms, conditions and restrictions hereof. This permit is granted with the understanding that no precedent shall be established.
  3. Keep Permit on the Work:  This permit shall be kept at the site of the work and upon request must be shown to any representative of Grantor or any Law Enforcement Officer.
  4. Permits from Other Agencies:  Permittee shall, whenever required by law, secure a written order or consent to the doing of the work from any public board or agency having jurisdiction, and this permit shall not be valid or effective until such order or consent is obtained.
  5. Clean Up Right-of-Way:  Upon completion of the event, all litter resulting from the event shall be removed and the right-of-way left in a condition satisfactory to Grantor.
  6. Supervision of Grantor:  The event shall be conducted in a manner that is satisfactory to the Grantor and the California Highway Patrol.
  7. Liability for Damages:  The applicant shall indemnify the County and provide a certificate of insurance, acceptable in form, showing that the applicant has secured liability and property damage insurance for all elements of the proposed activity, having a single limit for Bodily Injury Liability and Property Damage Liability combined of at least $1,000,000, naming the County of Kern and its officers, agents, and employees as additional insured.
  8. Making Repairs:  Permittee shall promptly make any and all repairs to any and all roadway facilities damaged during the event. All payments for labor, equipment, and other charges by Grantor for or on account of such work shall be made by Permittee within ten (10) days from the date of any bill, written order or voucher sent by or approved by Grantor. Grantor may require a deposit in an amount sufficient to cover the estimated costs before starting such repairs.
  9. Traffic Control:  Traffic control shall be directed by the California Highway Patrol. All traffic control costs shall be the responsibility of the permittee.
  10. Permittee shall obey all basic laws of the State of California.
  11. Properly functioning communications equipment shall be supplied by Permittee in sufficient quantity for all organizations involved.
  12. Filmed vehicles used for dialogue between driver and passenger shall be legally towed with a draw bar.
  13. Unless specifically allowed in this permit, stunts, staged accidents, and pyrotechnics are prohibited.
  14. Unless specifically allowed in this permit, wetting roadways is prohibited.
  15. California Highway Patrol is required for filming on nights and weekends.
  I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understand the above information