Filming Permits

The City of Santa Monica and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) contract with FilmL.A. for permit coordination services for filming in the Downtown district, see map here. FilmL.A. accepts applications for permits to film within the public right-of-way, including City parks and facilities.


Please submit all film permit applications directly to FilmL.A. through their Online Permit System at at least five (5) business days before the first day of filming. For more information, please contact FilmL.A.'s Production Planning Department at 213.977.8600. However, before you file the application, please contact DTSM Special Events Manager Laura Borsecnik at or at 310.393.8355 to make sure space is available for your needs.


The City of Santa Monica has parking options if there is time to apply for usage. DTSM can also provide you with contacts at private parking options. 


For information on site fees, please see the Downtown Santa Monica Filming Fee Schedule.



FY25 Downtown Santa Monica Filming Fee Schedule
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