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A Use Agreement Fee is required for each day of filming. Nonprofit, public service announcements and qualifying student productions are exempt. Payment is accepted via Check, Cash, money order, or credit card. Checks should be made payable to the San Francisco Film Commission.  If you would like to pay via credit card please ask your permit coordinator for the proper link after you have applied for your permit.

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Permit Fees are as follows:

  • $100 Still Photography
  • $200 Commercials Corporate, Music Video, Industrial, Web Content, Short
  • $300 TV Series, Movie, Pilot, Documentary. (Note: If the budget for  such a production is below a specific point, daily permit fee is reduced to $100 per day. Please provide us with your total budget estimate for entire project and we will let you know if you qualify.  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), cash or credit card through our secure online payment system.

Business Registration

Any company doing business in San Francisco for 7 or more days in a calendar year is required to register their business. Please consult the Treasurer / Tax Collector's office for more information.

Minimum Wage

San Francisco’s minimum wage is $10.55 per hour. On January 1st of each year the City adjusts this rate to keep pace with inflation.  

Payroll Tax

San Francisco requires payment of a 1.5% 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.

Other Fees

Additional fee schedules for Police, MUNI, Street Closures, Recreation and Parks Department Permits and BART can be found here.

Last updated: 8/29/2014 12:29:51 PM