Commercial Photography and Filming


The use of property under the jurisdiction of Santa Barbara County Community Services Department for film and photo shoots requires a permit ($75 cost), plus payment of a fee that is based on one of the following categories of use:

  1. Feature Films & TV Movies
  2. TV Series & Music Videos
  3. TV Commercials, Automobile Stills and Videos
  4. Educational and Documentary Films
  5. Still Photography on Public Right-Of-Way

Fees for use of parks, buildings and grounds other than the County Courthouse range from $100 to $3,000 per day, depending on the category of use.

Use of the County Courthouse ranges from $100 to $3,000, depending on the category of use, and production is limited to the exterior of the Courthouse only. Production time starts at two hour increments and goes up to a full day use.

Please note: Use of the Courthouse is left to the discretion of the South County Operations Manager.

The Goleta Pier may be used for film and photo shoots.

Please note: Use of Goleta Beach Pier is left to the discretion of the South County Operations Manager.

Permit Fees

For more information please contact:

Santa Barbara County Permits Office
Alicia Hawkins
(805) 568-3115
filmpermits@countyofsb.org

Parks Division Film Permit Coordinator
(805) 568-2460   
contact@sbparks.org