San Luis Obispo County, CA (June 16, 2020) – The County of San Luis Obispo (County) is open for entertainment production as of Friday, June 12. The County will be issuing permits across the destination (SLO CAL) for music, film and TV production abiding by State and County safety guidelines, including:

  • Key prevention measures such as physical distancing, use of face coverings, frequent handwashing and regular cleaning/disinfecting
  • A written, work-site specific COVID-19 prevention plan and a designated person on-site to implement the plan
  • Regular testing of employees for COVID-19


Find the full list of guidelines at SLOCAL.com/film. For the latest update on the health order in SLO CAL, visit ReadySLO.org.

Which communities encompass SLO CAL?

Located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, SLO CAL provides locations that could double for anywhere in the world. From the rugged coastline to oak-studded hills and rolling vineyards, SLO CAL provides a variety of backdrops for commercials, still shoots, TV series or feature films. SLO CAL encompasses the following communities:

  • Arroyo Grande
  • Atascadero
  • Avila Beach
  • Cambria
  • Cayucos
  • Creston
  • Cholame
  • Edna Valley
  • Grover Beach
  • Harmony
  • Los Osos + Baywood Park
  • Morro Bay
  • Nipomo
  • Oceano
  • Paso Robles
  • Pismo Beach + Shell Beach
  • Pozo
  • Ragged Point
  • San Luis Obispo
  • San Miguel
  • San Simeon
  • Santa Margarita
  • Shandon
  • Templeton

Are permits for film production allowed at this time?

Yes, in compliance with State and County guidelines including the completion of the Readiness to Reopen Self-Certification Form outlined at SLOCAL.com/film.

Do you need a permit to film on private property in SLO CAL?

Most cities in SLO CAL do not require filming permits on private property. For guidance as to what each city requires as best practice, please find the appropriate permitting district contact at SLOCAL.com/film/permits/ or contact Film SLO CAL at Film@FilmSLOCAL.com.

Are there restrictions for crew size?

Productions are encouraged to limit onsite cast and crew based on a number that allows for six feet of distance to the extent feasible and should utilize work practices, when feasible and necessary, to limit the number of cast and crew onsite at one time.

How long will it take to process a permit?

On average, permits in SLO CAL communities take between 5-10 business days to process. For permits in unincorporated areas, the County prefers a ten (10) day notice to process an application, but often it can be accomplished quicker.

For more information about Film Permits in SLO CAL, visit SLOCAL.com/film/permits/.

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About Film SLO CAL

Film SLO CAL is a department of Visit SLO CAL and offers a variety of professional services to fit your production needs. For more information, visit www.FilmSLOCAL.com

About Visit SLO CAL

Visit SLO CAL is the countywide non-profit destination marketing and management organization (DMMO) for San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL). Visit SLO CAL is responsible for promoting SLO CAL as an attractive travel destination and enhancing the public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, Visit SLO CAL strengthens the economic position and provides opportunity for all people in the community. Built on research with a strategy of continuous improvement, Visit SLO CAL aims to establish SLO CAL as a favorite West Coast destination known for its signature slower pace of life and unique mix of incredible, immersive guest experiences. For more information, go to SLOCAL.com.