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Film Permits

A film permit is required for commercial filming or commercial still photography on any public space in Santa Monica including all parks, Santa Monica State Beach and beach parking lots. Commercial filming and photography includes motion picture and television productions, videos, web broadcasts, commercials, and off-news productions.  

Film Permits are also required for student, educational and non-profit filming.

The City of Santa Monica has approved an agreement with FilmL.A., establishing FilmL.A. as film permit coordinator for the City.  FilmL.A. is now accepting applications for to film on public right-of-way, public property, and at City facilities starting July 8, 2013.  Film permit applications should be submitted to FilmL.A. through their Online Permit System at at least 5 business days before the first day of filming.  For more information, please contact FilmL.A.'s Production Planning Department at 213-977-8600.  

Site Approval to Film in Parks, Beach or Beach Parking Lots

You must obtain site approval from the Community Recreation Division at least 5 business days prior to your film date. Call 310-458-8300 or email to obtain site approval.

Film Permit Fees

Fees include an application processing fee and site use fee.  Applicant will be invoiced separately for any other City services that may be required (e.g., Police or Fire staff). Film Permit Fees

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