The locations department finds and properly secures all the filming locations needed throughout the filming process. The location scout usually has a large database of photographs and potential filming locations, but will sometimes scout out brand new locations if needed. The locations manager works on the logistics of parking, permits and contracts needed for each location.
This person is in charge of attaining all the legal permits and other clearances needed to gain proper permission for filming in a particular location. The location manager also takes care of attaining and processing any other location permit fees as well. On some smaller shoots, the location manager assists in coordinating the parking of vehicles.
Quite often the location scout is one of the first crew members to be contacted on a production. The location scout assists in finding the various filming locations according to the producer and director's desires. Location scouts often have a large database of location photographs to show before traveling to the actual location for filming.