(a) The director of the commission shall be the permitting authority for the use of state-owned property and state employee services for the purpose of making commercial motion pictures. The commission may establish fees not to exceed the actual cost of the affected state agency for this purpose. All fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Film Transfer Account, which is hereby created in the Special Deposit Fund, for disbursement by the director to reimburse the operating departments for their actual
(b) The director shall assure a “one-stop” permit process for applications for permission to use state-owned property for motion pictures. In so doing, applications for permission to use state property for making motion pictures shall be made to the director of the commission who, promptly upon receipt of such an application, shall contact the state agency having jurisdiction over the property specified in the application for the concurrence of the agency in the use of property. The denial of an application may be made on the basis of any of the following:
(1) The use would unduly interfere with the conduct of state business.
(2) Failure of the permittee to provide full insurance or bond coverage, if required by the Department of General Services, or the affected agency, sufficient to reimburse the state for
any user-caused damage to the property and to provide adequate personal liability insurance coverage.
The use of state property shall be denied, if it is determined that the use would violate or be in conflict with existing provisions of statute or regulation by the director of the department, agency, or commission responding to a permit request.
(c) Any state agency having management and control over state property, the use of which is sought by an application, shall permit the property to be used, unless otherwise denied by the provisions of this section.
(d) Nothing in this section requires a state agency to take any action not authorized by law or to make any decision in a manner or by a method not authorized by law or which is prohibited by law.
(e) If in connection
with the use of roads, highways, and freeways, the assistance, control, or protection by California Highway Patrol officers is desired, applications to the director to utilize services of California Highway Patrol officers in the production of motion pictures shall be made directly to the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol. The commissioner may approve the application if employees are available and the agency is fully reimbursed for additional costs incurred. Applications to utilize California Highway Patrol employee services shall be approved or disapproved by the commissioner.
(f) The director, whenever feasible, shall approve or deny any application within 24 hours. In the event that the director of the department or agency having jurisdiction over the property specified in the application permit takes no action to disapprove the application within five working days, the application shall be deemed approved by the director. If the
director of the department or agency determines that he or she is unable to concur or deny an application within five working days and so notifies the director within five working days of the application, the director shall then have a total of 10 days from receipt of the application to deny the application. In the event no action is taken by the director within the 10-day period, the application shall be deemed approved by the director.
(g) At least 30 days prior to adoption of state regulations, rules, written guidelines, or policies that would have clear, explicit, and definite implications for the production of motion pictures on state-owned property by a state agency, including any of that agency’s district or regional offices, other than for immediate health and safety purposes, the agency shall submit a written copy to the director. The commission shall review the proposal and report its findings to the submitting agency within five
working days of receipt of the materials sent. The submitting agency shall consider the commission’s findings prior to final adoption of the regulations, rules, written guidelines, or policies, unless the commission’s findings are not made available to the submitting agency within the above prescribed time limits. Any and all findings made by the commission pursuant to this section shall be advisory. The submitting agency shall provide the commission with a final written copy of its adopted regulations, rules, written guidelines, or policies.