Film & Photography Permits

The historic City of San Buenaventura ("Ventura"), incorporated by the California legislature in 1866, has a number of unique locations of interest for major motion picture production companies, television, commercials, still photography and student productions. Historic structures, harbors and marinas, beaches, ocean views, residential and business districts can all be found within the City of Ventura. For complete information visit the Film Ventura website. The City of Ventura coordinates all on-location productions in the City of Ventura. This coordination includes safety reviews by police, fire and public works.

"Sharkzilla" filmed on San Buenaventura State Beach, July 26, 2012 for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week.

Sharkzilla filming 2012 photo

Step One


Download a film/photography permit application.

Step Two


Complete and return your application with fee.

Commercial and student film/photography applications, along with a non-refundable application fee, should be submitted a minimum of 5 business days for events that do not require City staff services (traffic control, street closures, fire inspections, posting of "No Parking" signage). Applications requiring additional staff services such as police, fire, or film permit oversight should be submitted at least 30 business days prior to the film/photography event. Additional conditions and requirements for student film permits are outlined within the application.

Step Three


Receiving your permit.

Once the permit staff receives and reviews the application, the "Permittee" will be contacted and asked to visit City Hall, Room 226, to sign the permit, pay any outstanding fees or satisfy insurance requirements.

Film Ordinance: Film permits are governed by the City of Ventura's Municipal Code, Division 8, Chapter 8.120.