Laguna Beach and the Future of the Public Photo Shoot

Our friends at PetaPixel just published a piece on the City of Laguna Beach and their seemingly new permitting requirements for both Commercial and (even!) Non-Commercial photo shoots at any of their public places.

According to their article, It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting a wedding party or your puppy on the beach… if you’re taking pictures in a public space whether on the beach or in the city, you will need to pay for that right.

And it won’t be cheap. This is how the pricing goes down… quoted directly from Community Services Department at The City of Laguna Beach:

“Non-commercial still photo permits are issued on a fee basis of $50 per hour with a two hour minimum up to a maximum of $400 per day (eight hours). All fees must be paid inadvance and fees are non-refundable
Application must be made a minimum of three (3) business days in advance and may be made in person or by mail. Penalties for exceeding the approved number of hours will be assessed at two (2) times the hourly rate (rounded upto the next full hour).”

PetaPixel published shots of this citation written to a photographer:

PetaPixel also published the document outlining the policies put in place by the City of Laguna Beach that can be found here.

Does this mean we’ll soon have to pay to The City of San Francisco a fee to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge in its “International Orange” glory?  Will The City of Paris fine you if you shoot your family friends in front of the Eiffel Tower without the proper permit?

Will White Castle make their Craver’s pay a fee before they can shoot a sack of sliders?

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out… for The City of Laguna Beach, and for other communities, monuments, and businesses around the world.

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