Fees

Daily Use Fees and Payments Owed to Other City Departments

A daily use fee is required for each day of filming or parking.  Payment is accepted via check, money order, credit card, or electronic funds transfer (ACH or Federal Wire System).  Checks should be made payable to the San Francisco Film Commission.  

Daily Use Fees are as follows:

  • Still Photography: $100 a day
  • Commercial, Corporate Media, Videos, including but not limited to, Music Videos and Web Videos, Short Subject: $200 a day
  • TV Series, Movie, Pilot, Web Series, Documentary:
    • For a production with a budget of less than $100,000: $50 a day
    • For a production with a budget of $100,000 to less than $500,000:  $100 a day
    • For a production with a budget of $500,000 or greater:  $300 a day

A copy of the total budget estimate is needed to qualify for the reduced rates.  Otherwise, the fee is $300 per day.

Public service announcements, qualifying student productions, and productions created by or for entities that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are exempt from the above-listed fees.  Productions must provide proof of non-profit status.

These daily use fees are charged on a per day basis, no matter how many locations are listed on Exhibit A: Film SF Identification Page and Locations Page.  If a production fits multiple film categories, it will be charged the highest fee.  Payment must be made prior to issuing permit.  If a production is filming for three or more consecutive weeks, a deposit of five daily use fees is required prior to permit issuance.  Productions can receive a refund for daily use fees if they cancel their permit or location day up to 24 hours in advance of filming.  Note this cancellation policy only applies to Film SF daily use fees.

Payment to Other City Departments

Productions (Contractors) are responsible for paying other City Departments related to film activities.  Below is information on when an invoice is due and how payment is made.

City Department

When is a Contractor Billed?

When is Payment Due?

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD)

SFPD provides an estimate to Film SF who then sends it over to the Contractor with payment link.

100% deposit due directly to Film SF and prior to permit issuance. Any remaining balance or refund will be accounted for after services are rendered by SFPD.

San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) - Use of Image Fee

Film SF sends payment information to the Contractor once Contractor has signed SFMTA Rider.

Due directly to Film SF and prior to permit issuance.

San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) - Charters or Inspectors

SFMTA sends an estimate to Film SF after they processed request. Film SF forwards estimate to the Contractor.

SFMTA sends final invoice to the Contractor after services are rendered. The Contractor pays SFMTA directly.

Other departments: Port, Sheriff’s Department, PUC, DPW.

Invoicing and billing varies for each City department. Contact Film SF for more information: film@sfgov.org (415)554-6241.

Some City departments may require payment prior to services being rendered. Contact Film SF for more information.

 

Police Department

For budgeting purposes please use the following.  Be aware that the rate is subject to change depending on the rank of officer assigned to your shoot:

An average of $108.61 per hour for an officer between the hours of 5am-7pm

An average of $113.13 per hour for an officer between the hours of 7pm-5am

*  There is a four hour minimum per officer hired for any film shoot.  Cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the booking will require the minimum payment per officer.  Please note these rates go up on January 1st and July 1st of every year. 

SFMTA-MUNI Fees

All rentals have a 2 hour minimum requirement. After the first 2 hour rental fee, subsequent hourly fees will apply. Please allow at least ten (10) full business days request time for any SFMTA vehicle rentals.

Rental Types:

2 Hour Minimum

Subsequent Hourly Rate

Cable Car    

$785.00

$393.00

Historic    

$385.00

$192.00

Motor    

$414.00

$207.00

Trolley

$345.00

$173.00

LRV

$938.00

$469.00

GO-4 

$215.00

$108.00

 Cancellations must be made by 9:00am the business day prior to rental date in order to avoid fees.

Muni Inspector:

The estimated rate is for a Muni Inspector is $118.24-$157.65 per hour. 

Use of Image Trademark:

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has trademarked Municipal Railway's images, including logos, buses, cable cars, and other SFMTA-owned imagery. The Use of Image fee is a one-time fee per project type.  

Television Series/Movie/Pilot/Documentary  
*Reduced rates are available for qualifying low budget productions – inquire with the SF Film Office 
$1,290 
Commercials  $645 
Still Photography/Corporate/Music Video/Industrial/Web Content/Short (40 minutes or less) $323 
By qualified student (applicable school letter confirming project & insurance provided by school)  Waived
By qualified student (other than as described above)  $54 
By qualified Non-Profit Organization (applicable only with  501c3 form)  $108

Please note, if you are planning to rent a vehicle and pay the above rental fees associated, the Use of Image fee will be waived and no longer applicable.

Street Closure Application Fees

Please reach out to SFMTA to discuss closure rates. Information can be found here.

Recreation and Parks Department

Please consult the Recreation and Parks Department website for the most up to date fee information.

Bay Area Rapid Transit

Please consult BART's website for the most up to date fee information.

San Francisco International Airport

Information about filming at the San Francisco International Airport can be found here.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Please consult the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's website for the most up to date fee information.

Business Registration

Any company doing business in San Francisco for 7 or more days in a calendar year is required to register their business. Please consult the Treasurer / Tax Collector's office for more information.

Minimum Wage

San Francisco’s minimum wage is $13.00 per hour. On July 1st of each year the City adjusts this rate to keep pace with inflation.  

Payroll Tax

San Francisco requires payment of a 0.750% tax on all payroll expenses in San Francisco. More information can be found on the Treasurer / Tax Collector's website.

Healthy Workers Initiatives

San Francisco has instituted a Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and Health Care Security Ordinance to improve the health and working conditions of the City’s Employees. Please click here for more information on the Healthy Workers Initiatives.