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Film and 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 e-mail the City Film Permit Coordinator with questions or to provide information on your filming activities.

Two types of permits are available:

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.

Still Photography Permit Rules and Regulations

Still Photography Permit Application Form

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).

Commercial Film Permit Rules and Regulations

Commercial Film Permit Application Form

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

Los Rios Historic District Requirements

Application for film permits can be e-mailed to the City Film Permit Coordinator or mailed to:

City of San Juan Capistrano
Attention Film Permits
32400 Paseo Adelanto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

For additional information call (949) 493-1515 during regular business hours.

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