A Permit Fee is required for each day of filming. Nonprofit, public service announcements and qualifying student productions are exempt. Payment is accepted via Check, money order, or credit card. Checks should be made payable to the San Francisco Film Commission. Credit card is the preferred payment method and your permit coordinator will send you the payment link toward the end of the permitting process. 

Permit Fees are as follows:

  • $100 Still Photography
  • $200 Commercials Corporate, Music Video, Industrial, Web Content, Short
  • $300 TV Series, Movie, Pilot, Web Series, Documentary. (Note: If your budget for such a production is below $500,000, the daily permit fee is reduced to $100 per day. For a budget under $100,000, the daily permit fee is $50. Please provide us with an offical document with your estimated budget breakdown to qualify for the reduced rate.  Otherwise, the fee is $300 per day.)

These fees are charged on a per day basis, no matter how many locations you have.  The associated permit fees also include requested posted parking days. Fees must be paid in advance via check (made out to the San Francisco Film Commission) or credit card through our secure online payment system.  


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. 



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

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 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 
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.