Production Incentives Database

California Santa Barbara

Incentive Type Rebate
Spend 100% of Permit Fees and 50% of CHP or Police costs up to the $2,500 cap.
Project Criteria Productions qualify by housing crew at hotels in 'Incentives Zones' and booking minimum numbers of room nights over the course of the production.
Minimum nights per type of production are:
Still Photography - 50 Room Nights
Unscripted Television - 50 Room Nights
Commercials - 100 Room Nights
Scripted Television - 100 Room Nights
Feature Film - 200 Room Nights

Incentive Zones include all South Coast areas: Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara and Goleta, and all of Santa Ynez Valley, and Los Alamos.
Loanout Registration Required No
Loanout Withholding No
Annual Funding Caps $50,000
Project Caps 2500
Minimum Spend 50 to 200 Room Nights
Sunset Date None
Audit Requirements
Getting Started
Submit the Santa Barbara County Media Production Incentive application after production is completed.
Screen Credit Required
Claiming Incentive
When production is completed, complete the Santa Barbara Media Production Incentive application and submit it to the Santa Barbara County Film Commission.
Additional Information
This program is available to productions active from September 30th through May 31st.

Projects are qualified on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted for the year.

Funding is is currently in two separate 'pots' of incentives (South Coast Incentives Zone and Santa Ynez Valley Incentive Zone); each pot provides $25,000 over the course of the fiscal year.

Last updated: 10/19/2016

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