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 your total budget estimate 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.
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 $107.92 per hour for an officer between the hours of 5am-7pm
An average of $112.41 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.
San Francisco Fire Department
San Francisco Fire Department requires a permit for the following regulated activities that film productions often utilize:
- Generator Use (Over 10 gallons of gasoline, Over 60 gallons of diesel)
- Open Flame Use (Sterno, Charcoal, Wood)
- LP-Gas Use (Butane, Propane)
- Storage and Use of Over 10 Gallons of Flammable Liquids and/or Over 60 Gallons of Combustible Liquids (Not For Generators)
- Tents* Over 400 Sq. Ft. / Canopies (without walls) over 700 Sq. Ft.
- Portable LP-Gas Heaters Use **Additional SFFD Inspection/Firewatch Standby Fees Required
- Open Outdoor Fire **Additional SFFD Inspection/Firewatch Standby Fees Required
- Fire Pit **Additional SFFD Inspection/Firewatch Standby Fees Required
- Pyrotechnic / Special Effects Material **Additional SFFD Inspection/Firewatch Standby Fees Required
If your production is using any of the above, you will need to apply for a permit with SFFD:
1. Download the permit application and supplemental applications here:
2. Attach a copy of the ID page and location pages from your Film SF permit to SFFD permit application to show where your production will be using the items requiring the permits.
- If you add new locations to your permit, submit them under your permit number as you learn of them.
- Put all of your generators on your permit, even if you are not planning to use them at the same location.
- If you are using a caterer and they don’t already have a permit from SFFD, it can be more cost effective to add them to your permit under your production name, as it will only cost an additional $90 for their permit.
3. Fax permit to SFFD at: 415-558-3323
4. Follow up with a phone call to give SFFD credit card number over the phone to pay for permit, or you can fax the information in to the same number above. You can also pay in person at SFFD by check. Phone: 415-558-3300
5. SFFD will arrange to inspect your set up on-site and give you a copy of your permit then or once payment has been made.
FEES: Permit fees of $345.00 for first permit and $90.00 for each additional permit for same project and same permit holder. PLEASE NOTE: THE COST IS $345 FOR ALL OF YOUR GENERATORS IF THEY ARE PERMITTED AT THE SAME TIME UNDER THE SAME PERMIT. The additional $90 is for additional permitting of tents, pyro, open flame, etc.
*Tents needing permits and inspections need to be inspected between 8am-2pm or an overtime fee of $536.00 will be charged for an after-hours inspection.
**Additional SFFD Inspection / Firewatch Standby Fees:
Permits for Pyrotechnic Special Effects Material/Use, Portable LP-Gas Heaters Use, Open Outdoor Fires or Fire Pits require a separate $536 overtime firewatch standby fee for a minimum of 4 hours for each event. Additional hours after the minimum 4 hours will be assessed at a rate of $133 per hour.
- Permits shall be kept on the premises at all times. Permits shall be subject to inspection all times by an officer or the Fire or Police Departments or any persons authorized by the Chief.
- The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall conduct scheduled and unscheduled inspections to ensure conditions of the permits are complied with.
- If film productions are not in compliance with the conditions of the permits or don’t have the proper paperwork (permits, inspection documentations, etc.) on site, an administrative citation shall be issued by SFFD.
- The Chief is authorized to suspend or revoke a permit when it is determined after a hearing by the Chief.
SFFD Office Hours and Address:
San Francisco Fire Department
698 2nd Street, Rm 109
San Francisco, CA 94107
Street Closure Application Fees
Please reach out to SFMTA to discuss closure rates. Information can be found here.
All rentals have a 2 hour minimum requirement. After the first 2 hour rental fee, subsequent hourly fees will apply. Please allow at least 2 FULL WEEKS request time for any SFMTA vehicle rentals.
2 Hour Minimum
Subsequent Hourly Rate
All rentals require a transit supervisor to conduct the production. Transit Supervisor rate is $87.23-$116.38 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.
*Reduced rates are available for qualifying low budget productions – inquire with the SF Film Office
|Still Photography/Corporate/Music Video/Industrial/Web Content/Short (40 minutes or less)||$312|
|By qualified student (applicable school letter confirming project & insurance provided by school)||Waived|
|By qualified student (other than as described above)||$52|
|By qualified Non-Profit Organization (applicable only with 501c3 form)||$104|
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.
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.
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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.
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.