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Film SLO CAL is your resource for film permitting information in SLO CAL® (San Luis Obispo County). We understand that obtaining a film permit in a timely manner is essential to meet your production deadlines. At Film SLO CAL, we can quickly direct you to the respective permitting agencies for your selected locations, resulting in a quick turnaround time and streamlined process.

Each jurisdiction in San Luis Obispo County has its own special permitting requirements, and we are here to help navigate you through the process. Your shoot is extremely important to us as we work closely with you and the permitting agencies to obtain a successful outcome.

Permitting fees, processing times and requirements vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. We encourage you to contact the appropriate permitting area early in the pre-production stages for detailed information and to ensure you have the proper permits in-hand by the time of production. Please allow at least five to seven business days at a minimum for most permits to process.

Filming on private property? No problem! Most cities in San Luis Obispo County do not require filming permits on private property. If you are hoping to film on private property and would like some guidance as to what each city requires as best practices, please contact us at

Below you will find a list of contacts for each City, State and National permitting district.


City Permits

Arroyo Grande Christina Alvarez P: 805-473-5126 

Atascadero Terrie Banish P: 805-470-3490 F: 805-470-3491

Grover Beach Bruce Buckingham P: 805-473-4555

Morro Bay Kirk Carmichael P: 805-772-6282; Charlee Lowe P: 805-772-6280 Permit Application

Pismo Beach Elsa Perez P: 805-773-4658 Permit Application Business License Application (Contact Pismo Beach for this)

Paso Robles Shonna Howenstine P: 805-237-3888 Permit Application

San Luis Obispo Devin Hyfield P: 805-781-7295 Permit Application


County Permits

Unincorporated Areas (Including Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, California Valley, Carrizo Plains, Nipomo, San Simeon, Santa Margarita, Templeton) Kurry Wannagat, Filming Permit Coordinator P: 805-781-5563
SLO County Film Permit Information Sheet


State Permits

Montana de Oro State Park, Morro State Park, Morro Strand State Beach, San Simeon State Park and Leffingwell Landing: Aja Milne P: 805-927-2070 Permit Application

Pismo Beach State Vehicular Recreation Area (Oceano Dunes) Robyn Mackey, Park and Recreation Specialist P: 805-773-7182 Permit Application

Hearst Castle: Jim Allen P: 805-712-4855

Cayucos State Beach, Pier and Parking Kurry Wannagat, Filming Permit Coordinator P: 805-781-5563
SLO County Film Permit Information Sheet


Other Locations

Cal Poly (Uniform Permit Application) Matt Lazier P: 805-756-7109 

Port San Luis/Avila Beach Kristen Stout P: 805-595-5413 Permit Application

Cal Trans Permitting: California Film Commission P: 323.860.2960 Permit Application

Local Cal Trans Office: Peter Mututwa

California Highway Patrol Ian Ramer P: 213-703-2070

Bureau of Land Management Christina Castellon P: 661-391-6159

Lake Nacimiento (Monterey Parks and Recreation) Lavonne Chien P: 831-759-7214

Los Padres National Park/Santa Lucia Wilderness David Betz P: 805-925-9538 x227 Permit Application (Please allow 3-4 weeks to process)



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