Filming in Marin State Parks

All Marin State Park Permits

A permit is required whenever filming takes place on state property. The California Film Commission is a one-stop shop for State permits and will assist you in obtaining the required approvals from the CHP, Caltrans, State Parks, Facilities and the State Fire Marshal, where necessary. All State Park permits will eventually need to go through the State of California Film Commission after getting local approval on availability. Click here first for permitting in Marin County State Parks.
Permit Coordinator for State Parks
Helene Dervishian
Phone:  323-860-2960 x 106
Fax:  323-817-4126
Parks Fax: 323-860-2976
Email:  hdervishian@film.ca.gov


1. Filming in Angel Island State Park
For all inquiries contact:
Ben Fenkell, Film Coordinator
California State Parks, Angel Island Sector
Phone: 415-789-1384
Email: ben.fenkell@parks.ca.gov
Website information: www.parks.ca.gov

2. Filming in China Camp State Park
For all inquiries contact:
Ernie Stanton for date availability first
Friends of China Camp
info@friendsofchinacamp.orgfriendsofchinacamp@gmail.com

Include David Kopler in your email inquiry:

David Kopler, Film & Events Coordinator
California State Parks Marin District
Phone: 415-898-4362 x 203 
Email: dkopler@parks.ca.gov
Website information: www.parks.ca.gov

Film Guidelines for what a commercial, still, and video photographer will need to know about filming in Marin State Parks
A step by step instruction guide for submitting an application for film & photography permits:

  •  All film and photography permit applications must be submitted 4 business days / 96 hours (weekends and holidays are not business days) prior to the first prep/shoot day. Filming and photography are not permitted on weekends.
  •  Complete the DPR 245
  •  Contact the Marin Sector Film & Event Coordinator to submit your application at 415-898-4362 ext. 205 or david.kopler@parks.ca.gov.
  •  APPLY WITH THE CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION: You must also apply through the California Film Commission (CFC) at www.film.ca.gov using their Online Permit Application after you have approval from the Marin Sector Film & Event Coordinator.


3. Filming in Mount Tamalpais State Park (Mt. Tam)
FYI: Permits may be required here through both Mt. Tamalpais State Park Office and Golden Gate National Recreation Area Office (GGNRA) based on an exact location of the shoot.
David Kopler, Film & Events Coordinator for State Parks 
California State Parks Marin District
Phone: 415-898-4362 x 203
Email:dkopler@parks.ca.gov
Website information: www.parks.ca.gov
Film and Photography Permit for State Parks


4. Filming in Olompali State Historic Park
For all inquiries contact:
David Kopler, Film & Events Coordinator
California State Parks Marin District
Phone: 415-898-4362 x 203 
Email: dkopler@parks.ca.gov
Website information: www.parks.ca.gov

5. Filming in Samuel P. Taylor State Park
For all inquiries contact:
David Kopler, Film & Events Coordinator
California State Parks Marin District
Phone: 415-898-4362 x 203
Email: dkopler@parks.ca.gov
Website information: www.parks.ca.gov

6. Filming in Tomales Bay State Park
For all inquiries contact:
David Kopler, Film & Events Coordinator
California State Parks Marin District
Phone: 415-898-4362 x 203
Email: dkopler@parks.ca.gov
Website information: www.parks.ca.gov

For views of West Ridgecrest Blvd on Mt Tam, see video!