Home of the Santa Monica Airport and the Santa Monica Pier, famous location sites. All commercial filming and still photography on Airport property requires a film permit. Strictly personal photography (non-commercial and not-for-distribution) is allowed without a permit, in Public access areas only. All film permit applications should be submitted to Film L.A. at least 5 business days before the first day of filming: Film L.A. Film and Photography Online Permit System. For more information, please contact the Film L.A. Production Office at 213-977-8600.