Scene in San Francisco Rebate Program

Scene in San Francisco Home to some of the most memorable scenes ever put on screen, San Francisco is now more affordable with our Scene in San Francisco rebate program. Qualifying productions are eligible for a refund of all payroll tax and city fees up to $600,000 per production.

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Do I Qualify?

Feature Films, TV Series episodes and pilots, and Web Series are all eligible for the program. For budgets under $3 million, 55% of principal photography must take place in San Francisco. For budgets of $3 million or more, 65% of principal photography must take place in San Francisco.

What costs are eligible for refund?

  • Fees paid to City Departments for the use or rental of City property, equipment or employees including: Port, MUNI, SFPD, SFFD, DPT, DPW, Treasure Island, Recreation and Parks, and all City buildings
  • All daily use fees paid to the San Francisco Film Commission
  • All payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco.

For detailed guidelines or to download the application please click here (pdf).

For a rebate checklist, please click here (pdf)