Film & Photography

The City of San Juan Capistrano welcomes businesses and individuals that wish to engage in commercial filming and photography. This includes feature films, television series, commercials, student films and still photography. Film permits are required for all commercial filming activity on public or private property. Please email the City Film Permit Coordinator with questions or to provide information on your filming activities.

Two Types of Permits

Commercial Still Photography Permit

This permit is intended for Commercial Still Photography. The photographer may apply for an annual permit or one time permit. One-time permits are issued for a single commercial photography activity by photography crews of two or more (including the photographer). Annual permits are available to individual commercial photographers only, and do not include photography activities requiring additional crew members or helpers; props or other equipment or other special conditions.

Commercial Film Permit

This permit is intended for feature films, television series, commercial, student films and commercial still photography with a crew of 2 or more (including the photographer).

For all Commercial Film Activity in the Los Rios District please review special requirements for this area:

Application for film permits can be emailed to the City Film Permit Coordinator or mailed.