County of Ventura Film Permit Requirements and Process

The County of Ventura requires all commercial film productions to obtain a Ventura County Film Permit for all filming activities within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County (including private property).  The film production company or property owner must apply for a film permit for any filming activities including, but not limited to: feature films, TV series, TV movies, commercials, music videos, still photography, and web productions.

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Westworld HBO Series filming at Big Sky Movie Ranch near Simi Valley


Film Permit Locations in Ventura County

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Filming for personal use such as family events, weddings, graduations, parties, and other holiday activities are exempt from obtaining a film permit. Student film productions may also be exempt from obtaining a film permit.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions to determine if a student film production qualifies for this exemption.

Below you will find information and the necessary documents needed to apply for a film permit.  If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Chaffee, Film Permit Coordinator, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone at 805-654-2406.


Film Permit General Information

The Planning Division’s Film Permit Monthly Report is now accessible on the County of Ventura Citizen Access website. This report provides detailed information regarding all Film Permits issued by the County of Ventura Planning Division within the past 30 days. To view the report, you must register for a user account. If you need assistance in locating the report, please refer to the HELP page titled, “Reports Available in Citizen Access”, on the right hand side of the Citizens Access website.


Film Permit Application Forms


Film Permit with Waivers

A film permit with waivers is required when a film production exceeds any of the thresholds (e.g. overnight filming, excessive noise, etc.)


Film Permit Amendment

A film permit amendment, or "rider," is for minor changes after a film permit has been approved and issued.


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