Films & Permits


March 31, 2020: California Film Commission Alert

The California Film Commission is open and permit coordinators are working remotely. They 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.

In response to Public Health Authorities’ Advisories and Orders (March 31 through May 3, 2020) issued by the Marin County Health Department and the San Francisco City and County Health Department, the following site closures (modifications to park operations) are in effect as of April 1, 2020 and to be continued indefinitely.

· Muir Woods National Monument

· Marin Headlands Visitor Center

· Nike Missile Site

· Point Bonita Lighthouse

· Stinson Beach parking

· Kirby Cove and Bicentennial campgrounds

· Muir Beach Overlook parking

· Muir Beach parking

· Rodeo Beach parking

· Upper Conzelman Road (scenic overlook road from Golden Gate Bridge views to Point Bonita area)

· Tennessee Valley parking

Marin County has added additional guidance specific to non-essential travel and visiting parks and open spaces.

For a complete list of all Marin County park closures and other regional land managers, visit Park Closures


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!