Resident FAQ


Have you received a filming notification?


We require that production companies notify impacted residents of the production activities occurring in your neighborhood. Notices look like this and have the following information included: 





-Time & Dates of Filming 



-Exact address(es) where production activities will occur



-Details of the shoot, including the number of posted parking, street closures, and/or any other items that may be included within the production activities



-Name of Production Company and working title of the project



-Production Company’s contact information



-Location Manager's contact information



-Film SF's contact information



-SF Police Department’s non-emergency contact information, as well as Emergency contact info if needed





What should I do if I have questions about the filming notification I received?


The best contact to call is the Location Manager, listed directly on the notification. The Location Manager is on-site and able to address any concerns that are directly at the production’s location. You can also call Film SF and we will assist you with production details. 




Have you received a filming survey?


Film SF grants permits for filming between the hours of 7am-10pm. However, Film SF can permit productions outside of these hours, taking into consideration the City Noise Ordinance (San Francisco Police Code Article 29), provided productions complete the filming survey process in the residential area they want to film. The Filming Survey is an information gathering tool, and not a request for permission to film. Film SF uses survey feedback to gauge neighborhood concerns with and support for a proposed filming activity. Not all filming activity requires a filming survey; for those shoots that do, community participation is strictly voluntary.


This survey should include details of the specific areas impacted and hours of filming outside of 7am-10pm. Here is a Filming Survey Template.

Participation in a filming survey is strongly encouraged, but strictly voluntary. If you have no concerns with the upcoming filming, there is a place to quickly indicate this on the survey form. You do not need to provide the production with your contact information if you do not want to. 

Filming surveys are conducted within a specific zone, depending on the planned activity. If you live outside of this zone, you might not receive a survey. Also, if you live within the zone in a multi-tenant building, your on-site building manager might have completed the survey for building tenants.

For more information about the film survey process, please visit this webpage: 




I see “no parking” signs posted in parking spots near my home. What does this mean?


Productions will request “No Parking” posting for a number of reasons, including the need to park production vehicles near the filming location, secure spaces for their “picture vehicles” that are a part of the scene, or to clear the streets of vehicles in their camera’s frame.  Each production is required to pay a permit fee to purchase the use of City parking spaces near their production. 




I have concerns about a production in my neighborhood. How do I voice a concern?


Please call the Film SF if you have any concerns about a current or future shoot in your neighborhood. 415-554-6241.




I did not receive a filming notification, but there appears to be a film shoot near my home.


If you believe a film shoot is happening on your street and you did not receive advanced notice about it, please give us a call: 415-554-6241.  




There is a production that will be shooting near my residence; will I still have access to my home? 


Regardless of street closures and “No Parking” stopping signs, you will always have access to your private residence. However, depending on the size of the shoot, traffic on your exact street can sometimes be intermittently held for safety purposes, especially when filming is taking place in the middle of the street. When this type of production is occurring, SFPD will be on-site to conduct temporary traffic control. Once the camera-take has ended, SFPD will safely help you have access to your home.



How can I list my home as an available filming location?


Thank you for your interest in supporting the local production industry! If you are interested in listing your home for a production location, contact us (415-554-6241, ) and we will happily provide you with more information on how to make your home a star. 




How do I promote myself to the film and entertainment industry?


Thank you for your interest in joining the local production industry! There are many aspects of production that you can become involved in, including working on the cast or crew of a shoot or listing your location as a filming destination. If you are interested in becoming involved, contact us (415-554-6241, ) and we will happily provide you with more information.