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Beach Film & Photo Shoot Permits

Santa Monica State Beach is an extremely popular location for filming, and has been featured in countless movies, tv shows and commercials. A permit plus a use fee are required for filming and commercial photography at the beach. 

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.

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