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The Film Office is an advocate for all kinds of productions, from major feature films and television series to commercials, music videos, documentaries and student films. We provide permits and many services to assist your project, and we look forward to working with you.

Permit FAQs

These are the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that the Film Office receives. We have provided answers to help you with any filming-related questions that you may have.

Permit Applications

Filming in San Francisco requires the submission of a Use Agreement (pdf).

Insurance Requirements

San Francisco has specific requirements related the insurance documents required for the issuance of a permit.


We have compiled this information to assist you with ascertaining costs for your budgeting process.


A listing of the permitting bodies around the City and their contact information. The Film Office remains a good point of first contact for all locations however we are unable to permit areas outside of the City's jurisdiction.

Student Filming

The San Francisco Film Commission works with local film schools to assist students looking to permit film projects in the City. A student project is defined as a class assignment that is provided insurance coverage by your university.

Filming Guidelines

Enter this section to get more information about filming guidelines, green filming and the economic impact of production.

Radius Map

Enter this section to get more information about our Radius Map.