Films & Permits

With its photogenic locations, good weather, proximity to Los Angeles, film and culture savvy population, 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.  You are welcome to use any or all the resources listed on the following pages for locating film and permit information. For questions, contact Deborah Albre, Film Liaison, at 415.925.2060. For film crew accommodations, please visit our Request for Proposal web page.

Currently Filming in Marin
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Back again in Marin County for Season 2: Thirteen Reasons Why, a Paramount TV/Netflix production. TV airing was March 31, 2017, for Season 1 on Netflix. Season Two is expected to air in 2018!


Important information about filming in the State of California

The California Film Commission (CFC) offers free online permitting for all state property including state parks and beaches, freeways, roads, and government buildings. From hospitals and prisons to back roads and mountain ranges, the CFC helps filmmakers gain access to those perfect locations in our state. The CFC requires that all state permit applications be submitted FOUR (4) business days / 96 hours (weekends and holidays are not considered business days) prior to the first prep/shoot day. Caltrans ramp and lane closures require a minimum of at least twelve (12) business days in advance of prep/shoot; freeway closures require a minimum of sixteen (16) business days. Thank you for your cooperation. 

June 14, 2017: Update on the use of Drones over State Property:  The California Film Commission will issue film permits with drone activities over state property only to applicants using FAA 333-exempted operators.  Requests for drone activity over State Parks & Beaches and Caltrans properties will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For full article read: UAS over State Property

State Permit and Monitor Fees in US dollars

California Film & TV Tax Credit Update: The California Film Commission created the regulations for the newly expanded tax credit program. Please check the Incentives Page periodically for other program updates. The program is aimed at retaining and attracting production jobs and economic activity across the state. It boosts California's competitiveness by more than tripling the program's size (from $100 million to $330 million annually).

Applications are ranked within categories (TV Project vs. other TV Projects; Relocating TV vs. other Relocating TV) based upon their "jobs ratio" score.

Key Dates
The California Film Commission prepares for year three of the expanded Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2.0. Results from the Commission's 2016 Progress Report (due in July), and are on-track to affirm the expanded program is working precisely as intended. 
October 16 to 20, 2017:  The next application period will be held for independent and non-independent feature films.
November 6 to 13, 2017: The next application period will be held for Recurring, New TV, Relocating TV projects.

Online Application Portal is Live for Independent Projects (Transferable Tax Credits) and Non-Independent Feature Films (Non-Transferable Tax Credits).  
Applicants should begin to prepare their budget and materials early. You will need a completed and tagged budget in order to fill out the application. Be sure to carefully read the Budget/Tagging Instructions so that you can accurately tag your budget.  


Contact Information for the California Film Commission:
323.817.4123 Direct 
323.860.2960 x 123
323.860.2972 fax

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