Films & Permits
As of November 1, 2021, masks are no longer required indoors.
Marin County Public Health has lifted the local indoor face-covering mandate, which required everyone to wear face coverings in indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status.
What does this mean? Marin will now revert to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) masking guidance which requires those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated to mask in all indoor public settings. CDPH masking guidance also requires everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in the following indoor settings:
- Public transit
- Long-term care facilities
- Homeless shelters
- Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings
Masks are not required outdoors but are strongly recommended in crowded environments. Everyone is strongly encouraged to also wear masks indoors at private gatherings where vaccination status cannot be confirmed. In addition, some local businesses may choose to continue requiring masks for all patrons, plus other Bay Area Counties still have a masking mandate in effect. If in doubt, be prepared and bring a mask.
State Parks are accepting film applications based on the ability of park staff to handle each request. Follow Marin County's Business Guidelines and familiarize yourself with local mask-wearing requirements. Please allow more time than normal for the review of your application.
Caltrans considers 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 updated state Covid-19 response website for more general information from October 27, 2021.
Contact Permit Team Manager Eric Klosterman with the California Film Commission regarding any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org 323.817.4105.
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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 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!