Films & Permits


May 18, 2020: California Film Commission Alert

The California Film Commission is open and our permit coordinators are working remotely.  We are advising 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.

At this time State Parks have closed their parking lots and are not allowing groups of any kind larger than 10 people.  Most Districts are unable to process applications at this time or permit filming.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has suspended all non-essential activities including filming.  Other State buildings and facilities are closed to filming as well due to the Governor’s shelter in place order.  Caltrans will consider applications on a case by case basis that follow the shelter in place guidelines for each district.
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.

In response to Public Health Authorities’ Advisories and Orders issued by the Marin County Health Department and the California Department of Public Health, the following site closures (modifications to park operations) are in effect until June 30, 2020 until further notice.

Facilities that remain closed to motorized access, except for those with state-issued disabled vehicle placards on display, are:

  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods National Monument)
  • Mount Tamalpais State Park
  • Tomales Bay State Park
  • Samuel P Taylor State Park
  • Chicken Ranch Beach (along Tomales Bay)
  • Miller Park (along Tomales Bay)
  • White House Pool Park in Point Reyes Station
  • Bolinas Lagoon Open Space Preserve (including Bolinas County Park)
  • all Marin Municipal Water District lands
  • all beaches or inlets along the Pacific Ocean.

For a complete list of all Marin County park and open space openings / restrictions, visit Shelter in Place County Park Updates


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!