Working in Neighborhoods

Scene in San FranciscoWe want your production to run as smoothly as possible. Your production company and our neighborhoods matter to us. For this reason we ask that you and your crew please follow the simple courtesies outlined below.

Before the Shoot...

  • Familiarize yourself with the neighborhood in which you're shooting. Be considerate of schools, churches, senior centers, funeral homes, etc.
  • You may be required to notify the resident or merchant associations in which you are filming in advance of your shoot and/or leaflet the neighborhood.
  • Assure businesses that you will allow customer access and truck deliveries. In residential areas NO STOPPING signs must be posted a minimum of 72 hours in advance.
  • Use elastic bands or string when posting resident letters or parking signs on trees.
  • NO STOPPING signs may not be hung on utility poles or private property.
  • All necessary permissions for locations must be obtained in advance of filming.

During the Shoot...

  • All productions need to have a hard copy of their permit on location with them at all times.  An electronic copy on a digital device such as an iPad will not suffice.
  • The Locations Department, drivers and PAs should be sensitive to neighborhood needs while parking. Do not interfere with areas such as handicapped parking, driveways or bus zones. Do not block fire hydrants.
  • Do not block buildings or store equipment on sidewalks in front of buildings that are not working directly with the shoot.
  • Ensure safe pedestrian passage through and around your set. Cover cables with mats, keep equipment against buildings or in curb lanes (with SFPD approval), and do not allow crew members to congregate in building doorways.
  • The public must not be deprived access to private or public property.
  • Handicap access must be maintained at all times.
  • Maintain a fire lane of 13.5 feet on all streets.
  • Do not hold or block traffic without a police officer. You must have SFPD on location for any ITC or other traffic control.
  • Make certain that trucks and motorhomes fit under trees to avoid damage to branches.
  • Find nearby lots to park campers and other non-essential vehicles if you are going to be at a location for multiple days.
  • Avoid parking catering trucks or honeywagons in front of active restaurants.
  • Productions are NOT ALLOWED TO BARBEQUE on City property (streets, sidewalks, parks, etc.).
  • Meals may not be eaten on the public right-of-way, including sidewalks. Productions must secure an off street location for catering and craft services.
  • Avoid parking generator trucks in front of residential buildings. Do not leave truck engines idling under residents' windows.
  • Do not allow crew or extras to park on set. Establish an alternate parking location in advance of your filming.
  • Any free standing generators must be baffled with fireproof/non-flammable material.
  • Keep noise to a minimum when arriving in a neighborhood before 7 a.m. or filming past 10 p.m.
  • Remind crews to speak courteously to the public. Do your best to ensure that future productions are welcomed back.
  • Patronize local businesses during breaks.
  • Have copies of all permits issued on set for general public viewing.

After the Shoot...

  • Clean up after your shoot. Make a thorough clean sweep of the area to ensure that nothing is left behind, including equipment, garbage, leaflets, tape, NO STOPPING signs and directional signs that your production posted.