Permits are required for any filming or photoshoots done on UC property, and are subject to approval. They may require insurance coverage, and an application fee. The University of California has the right to deny any request, and does not approve commercial filming or student filming if not required for a UC course. These types of activities are outside the mission of the University.

Note: News and educational filming such as faculty interviews are handled via Public Affairs. Contact

Current UCSB Students

If you need to film as part of a class requirement, please obtain permission per the following instructions:

  • A complete application must be received a minimum of 15-business days prior to the start of filming/shooting (including set-up).
    Download the UCSB Film Permit Application
  • All UCSB parking fees are applicable and not included.
  • Any student requests will need to be accompanied by the student's current film class code, and the proposed film script.
  • A certificate of insurance may be required, naming the Regents of the University of California as an additional insured and meeting the minimum requirements of the University.
  • Please send your request or questions to: