Film Permits

Film-Friendly Surf USA City Welcomes Your Production! 

Online permitting now available!
****PLEASE NOTE:  Filming allowed with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place****
Apply Online for Your Huntington Beach Film Permit

Our goal in working with you is to make the film permit process as simple and efficient as possible to assure that your project is successful and your deadlines are met.  Our new online film permitting makes it easier than ever to apply, pay and complete the permitting process 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

To help you with your production, click the links to the left for a brief checklist of information as well as a few frequently asked questions.

What Happens Next?

Once the application is received, a determination can be made if your project requires a City film permit. If a permit is required, a City Representative will walk you through the process to assure that all City requirements are met and all fees are paid prior to filming. This will include providing the City with approved insurance and the City's temporary business license. Additional fees may be imposed if police, fire, lifeguard, and/or postings are needed. The processing of your application requires payment in advance, which can be made via Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card.  Please upload the Temporary Business License Form (available on our site or via FilmApp) with your permit application. The City requests that you submit your application 10 days prior to your project. For five-day processing, the application, insurance, and business license must be approved and issued no later than Tuesday of any given week. We cannot guarantee approval of a rush application.

In addition to our Office, you may also contact the Huntington Beach Film Commissioner at Visit Huntington Beach by calling (714) 969-3492 for assistance with locations and/or accommodations. Visit Huntington Beach also maintains an online location gallery and are available to assist you in making your production in our City a successful one.