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Think Santa Barbara for your next photo shoot or movie project!

Photo and Film in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara features in films like There Will be Blood, It's Complicated, Sideways, Seabiscuit, Hidalgo, Of Mice and Men, My Favorite Martian, 1966 Batman Movie, numerous commercials and catalog shoots, and reality shows including The Amazing Race, Keeping up with the Kardashians, and Top Chef.

Santa Barbara often serves as the backdrop for a multitude of film/video productions and commercial photo shoots because we have a great variety of picture perfect locations to choose from and mild weather to boot. 

Permit Requirements

The City of Santa Barbara offers a one-stop permitting process with the Parks and Recreation Department acting as the lead in issuing these permits.  Parks and Recreation staff coordinate as many internal logistics as possible among other City departments such as Police, Fire, Public Works and Waterfront to help make your project a successful one.

Note that a photo and film/video permit is always required for any shoot; with the only exception being not-for-profit photo shoots occurring on private property, having no impact on the public.  

The photo/film/video permit application can be found on the Santa Barbara County Film Commission website at the link below.

Apply for a City of Santa Barbara Photo or Film Permit

Last Updated: Apr 8, 2021
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