The San Antonio Film Commission is a "one-stop" office. All filming related to city streets and parks is coordinated through the commission, as is filming in neighborhoods, colleges/universities, sports venues, etc. We will assist you in locating parking for your vehicles while filming, and direct you to film-savvy police officers & park police when needed.
QUICK LINK: Park Filming Permit Application
Permission must be obtained through the San Antonio Film Commission prior to filming on city-owned property.
Filming Permits are required in City of San Antonio Parks in accordance with City Code Chapter 22, Sec. 22-34. In general, parks require a film permit fee of $50, the River Walk and Alamo Plaza, a fee of $200. In addition, some parks require a separate, additional reservation fee, handled directly through the City of San Antonio Community Link Centers (http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/reservations.asp). Please use the PARKS PERMIT APPLICATION online.
Please call us at 210-207-6777 for specific costs, requirements and permits.
The San Antonio Park System includes:
Alamo Plaza, the River Walk, HemisFair Park, the Tower of the Americas, La Villita, Market Square, the Botanical Gardens, Brackenridge Park, Travis Park, Milam Park, Olmos Park, all city satellite parks and the Japanese Tea Garden. A two week notice is needed for features and television productions, and at least a three day notice for smaller shoots.
There is no general filming Permit required outside of city-owned park property. However, any filming requiring closure of street lanes, blocking of sidewalks or loading zones, and/or intermittent traffic control must be coordinated through the Film Commission and the San Antonio Traffic Division.
The four historic Franciscan missions - San Jose, Concepcion, Espada and San Juan Capistrano - are operated by the National Park Service. Please call our office for contacts.
The Alamo is controlled by The Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Filming is not allowed within The Alamo grounds, although a view of the facade is accessible from the city-owned Alamo Plaza, for which a city park film Permit is needed.
The Tower of the Americas (1968's HemisFair/World's Fair theme tower) is city-owned and located within HemisFair Park. A city park film permit is required for filming in/from the tower, and permission must be obtained from the business(s) operating within the base of and on top of the tower.
It is recommended that all filming within the Historic King William District be coordinated with the neighborhood association at 210-227-8786
The Steves Homestead Museum is owned and operated by the San Antonio Conservation Society, 210-224-6163.