Films & Permits

Marin County is open to accepting applications for film and photography based on the State of California's Industry Guidance and protocol. The California Film Commission is open and the permit coordinators are working remotely.  The commission advises everyone to obey all State, County, and City orders in effect regarding non-essential businesses.  Applications will be processed on a case by case basis.  Productions should be prepared to submit their Covid-19 safety plan with their application.

State Parks are now accepting film applications on a case by case basis depending on the County Health Department orders in place and the ability of park staff to handle each request. Marin County's Site-Specific Protection Plan should be submitted with each application.  Please allow more time than normal for review of your application.

Caltrans will consider applications on a case by case basis that follow the Health Orders and guidelines for each district. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has suspended all non-essential activities including filming.  Other State buildings and facilities will consider filming on a case by case basis.

Please refer to the state Covid-19 response website for more general information:
Contact Permit Team Manager Eric Klosterman with any questions or concerns: 323.817.4105.


The Marin County Film Resource Office is here to help you find the perfect location for your project and assist in finding the correct contact for permitting.

With its photographic locations, year-round good weather, a growing number of specialized vendors, and several annual well-respected film festivals, Marin County is well-positioned to contribute to the film and video technology.  San Francisco's International Airport is an hour's drive from Marin County just over the Golden Gate Bridge, where we have 32TEN Studios in San Rafael, and the Mare Island Film Studio in Vallejo, just a half-hour drive away. You are welcome to use any or all the resources listed on the following pages for locating film and permit information.

For film crew accommodations, please visit our Request for Proposal web page.

The Marin County Film Resource Office is a department that operates under the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau which was created to serve as an informational resource to the film industry. We are pleased to provide referrals for film scouts and production crews as well as appropriate contact and permit information if planning to film in any area throughout Marin County.

Sandwiched between San Francisco and the Napa/Sonoma wine country, Marin County is an ideal choice for filmmakers and travel writers of all sorts. Even though we may be "just a little out there" we really are in the middle of it all!

Meet Your Film Liaison



Deborah Albre
Film Liaison and Creative Services

Marin Film Resource Office
1 Mitchell Blvd., STE B
San Rafael, CA 94903
Direct Cell: 415-297-1611