Film Permit Information


Film Permit Information Form (Required)

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or Drones are not authorized for use at Crystal Cove State Park.

California State Parks require an approved film permit for all commercial/student photo/ film or professional development projects on STATE PARK property.

Depending on the location and the size and scope details of a project, some film/photo activities may require a State Park monitor assignment at $105 per hour. Contact the park for details. 

All equipment must be hand carried to location. Vehicles are not permitted in Historic District, on park multi-use trails, beach ramps or sand.

In addition to the required State Park monitor, all projects utilizing the water may be required to have an additional State Park Lifeguard assignment at $39 per hour.  

Crystal Cove State Park does not issue commercial permits, at any location in the park, on weekends. Small portrait shoots (10 or less) not requiring a monitor may be approved on weekends depending on date and location availability- excluding holidays. 

Please contact the park directly at to check date and location availability prior to the online application submission to the California Film Commission at this active link


California Film Commission Alert

State Parks Review and monitor Fees Increase Sept 1, 2022

The review and monitor fees charged for film permits by State Parks will increase for applications submitted on or after September 1, 2022.  This is the first increase in over 10 years and will help bring State Parks into compliance with the State cost recovery mandate for its agencies.  There is a new, lower fee rate for student productions.

Old Rate New Rate
Review fee – simple productions (stills or motion) $65/day $100.00 / day
Review fee – complex productions (stills or motion) $200/day $250.00/day
Review Fee – student (still or motion) $65/day $50/day