Film Permits

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.

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

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 or via telephone at 805-654-2406.

Film Permit General Information