Hollywood Beach

*COUNTY JURISDICTION* DO NOT SUBMIT A FILM PERMIT APPLICATION TO CITY OF OXNARD. For more information on County of Ventura Film Permits, go to https://vcrma.org/en/film-permits


Ventura County retains a full-time Film Permit Coordinator to assist applicants with the film permitting process. For inquiries, reach out to the Film Permit Coordinator, at [email protected] or (805) 654-2457.


Hollywood Beach in Oxnard is located on the south end of the peninsula that separates Channel Islands Harbor from the ocean. Hollywood Beach is wide and about a mile long and usually uncrowded. Hollywood Beach was made famous by golden era productions, like Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik, that were filmed on its sandy dunes, and celebrities including Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and John Wayne who used the destination as a vacation escape. It offers sweeping views of the Channel Islands National Park across the Santa Barbara Channel.


The County of Ventura requires all commercial film productions to obtain a Ventura County Film Permit for all filming activities within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County (including private property). Productions must obtain a Film Permit for any filming activities including, but not limited to, feature films, TV series, TV movies, commercials, music videos, still photography, and web productions. Student film productions may be exempt but are required to contact the Film Permit Coordinator regarding their production.

Filming for personal use such as family events, weddings, graduations, parties, and other holiday activities are exempt from obtaining a Film Permit.


  • Property Owner Authorization Form
  • Site Plan Map. (Sample) –All Assessor Parcel Numbers (APNs), parcel boundaries, and location of filming activities to be shown on the map.


Processing times for standard filming applications are generally 3 business days. Processing times for film applications requiring waivers are generally 5 business days. Applications for Film Permits with Waivers take an additional 1-2 business days for a radius map.


Film permits reviewed by the Ventura County Planning Division for Hollywood Beach are subject to the Coastal Zoning Ordinance.

There are two types of film permits that productions can apply for: over-the-counter ministerial permits (not subject to environmental review) and discretionary permits (subject to environmental review). The over-the-counter film permits can be issued to allow a maximum of 14 out of 180 days of filming productions activities per over-the-counter ministerial permit issued in the Coastal Zone. There is no limit in the Coastal Zone on how many productions can film in a given year, and productions may film back-to-back so long as each production is 14 days or less. Film production activities that exceed 14 film days are required to obtain a discretionary Planned Development Permit.