The San Antonio Film Commission coordinates all filming on city streets and in the parks, neighborhoods, college campuses, and sports venues. The commission helps locate parking for production vehicles and can direct filmmakers to film-savvy police officers and park police when needed.
Although permits are not required to film in the city, they are required for filming in city parks, including Alamo Plaza, La Villita, and the San Antonio River Walk. The fee for filming in most parks is $50; filming along the River Walk or in Alamo Plaza requires a fee of $200. See the parks permit application and film permit FAQs for more details. In addition, some parks require a separate, additional reservation fee, handled through the Parks and Recreation Department. Any filming requiring closure of street lanes, blocking of sidewalks or loading zones, and/or intermittent traffic control must be coordinated through the Film.
Park Film Permit Application
Please call the Film Commission at 210-207-6777 for specific costs, requirements, and permits.
San Antonio Park System
The city owns and operates Alamo Plaza, the River Walk, Hemisfair, Tower of the Americas, La Villita, Market Square, the Botanical Gardens, Brackenridge Park, Travis Park, Milam Park, Olmos Park, and all city satellite parks. The City requires two weeks’ notice for features and television productions and at least three-days’ notice for smaller shoots. The Parks and Recreation Department has an online directory of all city parks.
- The Alamo is controlled by the State of Texas General Land Office. Filming is not allowed within the Alamo grounds, but the facade is visible from the city-owned Alamo Plaza, for which a city park film permit is needed.
- The Tower of the Americas in Hemisfair (built during the World’s Fair in 1968) is city-owned. A city park film permit is required for filming in or from the tower. Please contact the film commission for filming at the tower.
- The Historic King William District south of downtown is a gorgeously restored neighborhood of old mansions and tree-lined streets along the San Antonio River. Filming there should be coordinated with the neighborhood association.
- The Steves Homestead Museum in King William is owned and operated by the San Antonio Conservation Society.
- San Antonio’s four historic Franciscan missions--San José, Concepción, Espada and San Juan Capistrano--are operated by the National Park Service, which has its own permitting process. Please call our office for contacts.
Use the permit form application to begin the simple process.