From Sideways and It’s Complicated to Little People, Big World, Santa Barbara often serves as the backdrop for a multitude of motion picture productions, reality television shows and catalog photo shoots due to the great variety of picture perfect locations to choose from and mild weather to boot. Since 2008, the City of Santa Barbara has offered one-stop permitting, with the Parks and Recreation Department acting as the lead in issuing these permits and coordinating as many internal logistics as possible among other City Departments such as Police, Fire, Public Works and Waterfront.
The photo/film/video permit application can be found on the Santa Barbara County Film Commission website. Click here to go to their website. Once there, scroll down the page to “For permits to the City of Santa Barbara, click here" in order to download our application.
For further questions about these permits, call our permitting office at (805) 897-1982 or (805) 897-1999.