Film Permits

Film Permits are required for all motion picture, video and professional still photography when filming activity takes place on City of Laguna Beach property including parks, beaches, streets, sidewalks, and buildings. City film permits are not issued for private property, County, State, School District or other property not owned by the City of Laguna Beach. We offer two types of film permits: Professional Still Photo Permits and Commercial Photo Permits.

Professional Still Photo Permit

This permit is intended for limited use, single camera shoots such as engagement photos, wedding photos, family portraits, holiday cards, etc. The fee is $100 for 2 hours plus $50 for each additional hour.

During the summer season from June 15 through Labor Day weekend, Professional Still Photo Permits are issued only from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or between 5:00 p.m. and sunset. All other dates can be permitted anytime from 7:30 a.m. to sunset.  No permits will be issued after sunset.

To read Professional Still Photo Permit policies and procedures click here. To download a Professional Still Photo Permit application form, click here.

Applications for Professional Still Photo permits must be submitted to:

Community Services Department
Attn: Patty Slowsky 
For questions: (949) 464-6645 or 
(949) 497-0716 during regular business hours


Commercial Photo Permit

This permit is for commercial photo, video and motion shoots. The application fee is $150 plus a $507 daily use fee.  There are several insurance requirements listed on page 2 and 3 of the application that must be fulfilled before a permit will be issued.

Commercial film permits are not issued between June 15 and Labor Day.

To read Commercial Film Permit policies and procedures click here. To download Commercial Film Permit application form click here.

Applications for commercial film permits must be submitted to:

Community Services Department
Attn: Patty Slowsky
(949) 497-0716 during regular business hours