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City Hall Filming and Photography

San José City Hall is a unique site for filming and for photoshoots with its modern exterior and trademark 110 foot high glass domed Rotunda. The Rotunda is adjoined by an exceptional eighteen story Tower featuring architectural components of metal, stone, and glass. Indoor locations sport clean lines and plenty of natural light.

The Event Services Office makes scheduling filming and photoshoots quick and easy. Please follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Contact Event Services at 408-535-1248 or to check date availability and/or to schedule a site visit.

Step 2: Once a date is selected, applicants are to complete and return their Facility Use Application with original signatures and provide proof of 1 million in general liability insurance listing The City of San José, its officers, employees, agents, and contractors are named as additional insured.

Step 3: Nearly done! All fees are due upon signing of the contract.  Event Services will provide a contract which will serve as the film/photo permit for City Hall. 


Parking is available with a permit on South 5th street behind the Rotunda. Event Services will assist you in obtaining a parking permit in coordination with the Department of Transportation.


Fees vary based on facility use. Minimum fees apply based on the day of the week. Please see Facilities and Fees for more information regarding areas.